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2019 Giants Preview: Giants-Redskins Week 16

GIANTS-REDSKINS

The New York Giants (3-11) will look to make it two consecutive wins when they hit the road to take on the Washington Redskins (3-11) at FedExField this Sunday. This will be the second matchup of the season between the NFC East foes. New York took home the victory in the first matchup, defeating Washington 24-3 in what was Daniel Jones' first start at MetLife Stadium.

The Redskins enter this matchup on a two-game skid, having lost in Green Bay and at home against the Eagles. The Giants and Redskins are currently tied for third place in the NFC East.

Let's dive right in to this Week 16 matchup against Washington.

BROADCAST INFORMATION

  • Sunday, December 22 at 1:00 p.m. ET
  • Landover; FedExField
  • TV: Fox – Thom Brennaman (play-by-play), Chris Spielman (color), Shannon Spake (sideline)
  • Radio: WFAN 660 AM / 101.9 FM – Bob Papa (play-by-play), Carl Banks (color), Howard Cross (sideline)
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ALL-TIME SERIES

  • The Giants lead the all-time series between the two franchises, 101-68-4.
  • Last game- Week 4. Giants won, 24-3.

COACHING STAFF

Giants:

  • HC Pat Shurmur
  • OC Mike Shula
  • DC James Bettcher
  • STC Thomas McGaughey

Redskins:

  • HC Bill Callahan (interim)
  • OC Kevin O'Connell
  • DC Greg Manusky
  • STC Nate Kaczor

LAST WEEK

Giants:

  • Win vs. Miami Dolphins (3-11), 36-20

Redskins:

  • Lost vs. Philadelphia Eagles (7-7), 37-27

INJURY UPDATE:

Giants:

  • Did not participate: S Antoine Bethea (not injury related)
  • Limited: G Kevin Zeitler (ankle)
  • Full: TE Rhett Ellison (concussion), QB Daniel Jones (ankle), LB Oshane Ximines (ankle)

Redskins:

  • Did not participate: S Landon Collins (Achilles), CB Fabian Moreau (hamstring)
  • Limited: DL Jonathan Allen (toe), CB Quinton Dunbar (hamstring), S Montae Nicholson (ankle), OT Donald Penn (knee)
  • Full: LB Ryan Anderson (shoulder/hand), QB Dwayne Haskins (ankle), LB Cole Holcomb (thumb), RB Adrian Peterson (toe)

View rare photos of the all-time series between the New York Giants and Washington Redskins

STORYLINES/THINGS TO WATCH:

  • Jones making progress towards starting. Daniel Jones practiced fully Wednesday, an upgrade from when he was limited in practice at the end of last week. Both Jones and Shurmur told reporters after practice that the young QB has made good progress in his recovery from a high ankle sprain. The head coach would not yet commit to him as the starting quarterback for this week's game, but Jones did take most of the first-team reps at practice. If Jones is unable to go, Eli Manning would start for the third consecutive week.
  • Young DBs coming on strong. The Giants' young defensive backs have excelled over the last few games. Julian Love has filled in more than admirably for Jabrill Peppers at safety, while Sam Beal put up a strong performance against the Dolphins after being inserted into the starting lineup for the recently waived Janoris Jenkins. For the second consecutive week, DeAndre Baker had a good outing. Baker finished tied for the second-most tackles with six (five solo) and had two pass breakups, and over the last four games, the rookie has been one of the top corners in coverage in the NFL.
  • Slayton's impressive rookie campaign continues. Darius Slayton reeled in his team-leading eighth touchdown reception this past Sunday, marking his third score in the last two games. The fifth-round pick has been putting together an impressive rookie campaign. Slayton was the 171st overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the 18th wide receiver taken. Yet entering Week 16, the 22-year-old out of Auburn leads all rookies with eight receiving touchdowns, while ranking fourth in receiving yards and first downs (31) and tied for fourth in receptions of 20+ yards (11).
  • Zeitler returns to practice. After missing his first game of the season last week with an ankle injury, Kevin Zeitler returned to practice Wednesday. The veteran right guard was a limited participant, offering some hope that he will be able to return to the field this week. If Zeitler is unable to go, Nick Gates will once get the start. Gates played well against Miami, as he did not allow a single pressure and picked up a key block on Saquon Barkley's second touchdown run, earning an overall grade of 82.1 from PFF.
  • Engram put on IR. Evan Engram was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, ending his season after playing in only eight games. The talented third-year tight end caught 44 passes for 467 yards and three touchdowns this year. Kaden Smith will take his place in the starting lineup, while wide receiver David Sills was signed off the practice squad to take Engram's spot on the roster.

WHAT THE REDSKINS ARE SAYING

INTRIGUING MATCHUPS

  • Giants CB DeAndre Baker vs. Redskins WR Terry McLaurin. McLaurin has been a force in Washington's pass game this season. The rookie third-round pick leads the team with 51 receptions, 833 receiving yards and seven touchdowns, all of which also rank in the top two among all first-year wide receivers. McLaurin and Dwayne Haskins played together at Ohio State last year, which could explain the strong rapport the two have shown this season. The rookie receiver provides a tough matchup for Baker, who has excelled lately. Over the last four games, opposing quarterbacks have completed only 26.3% of their passes while targeting Baker, the lowest percentage targeting any corner, according to Pro Football Focus. The rookie CB has also earned the sixth-best coverage grade among all qualified corners from PFF over that same span. The matchup with McLaurin should be a good test for Baker's progress.
  • Giants RB Saquon Barkley vs. Redskins Run Defense. When healthy, Barkley is undoubtedly one of the best running backs in the NFL. While a high ankle sprain limited his production earlier in the season, Barkley looked like his normal self this past Sunday. The second-year back rushed for over 100 yards for the first time since Week 2 while scoring two touchdowns against the Dolphins, his first time finding the end zone since Week 8. Barkley averaged 4.7 yards on 24 carries last week, and will look to carry that success over to this matchup against Washington's run defense. The Redskins enter this matchup allowing 136.4 rushing yards per game, which ranks 28th in the league. Eagles running back Miles Sanders averaged over 6.0 yards per carry against Washington last week (19 carries for 122 yards and a touchdown), while Green Bay's Aaron Jones averaged over 8.0 yards per attempt the week before (16 carries for 134 yards and a touchdown). Barkley will have a good opportunity to top the 100-yard rushing mark for the second consecutive week, something he hasn't done since Weeks 1 and 2.
  • Giants O-Line vs. Redskins Pass Rush. While Washington's defense may be struggling again the run this season, it has shown the ability to get after opposing quarterbacks. The Redskins are tied for seventh in the NFL with 42 sacks, 13 of which have come over their last three outings. Matt Ioannidis leads the team with 8.5 sacks, but Washington has several other talented pass rushers in Montez Sweat (five), Jonathan Allen (five) and Ryan Anderson (four). The Giants are tied for 18th in the league with 38 sacks allowed. Since Week 12, New York's line has surrendered just four sacks total. While New York would benefit from the return of Kevin Zeitler, Nick Gates performed well in his place last week. Gates, in just the second start of his career, did not allow a single pressure and earned an overall grade of 82.1 from PFF.

PROJECTED WEATHER

REFEREE ASSIGNMENT

REGULAR SEASON LEADERS

Giants:

  • Passing – QB Daniel Jones (2,374 yards)
  • Rushing – RB Saquon Barkley (722 yards)
  • Receiving – WR Darius Slayton (690 yards)
  • Touchdowns – WR Darius Slayton (8)
  • Tackles – S Antoine Bethea (98)
  • Sacks – OLB Markus Golden (9)
  • Passes Defended – CB DeAndre Baker (8)

Redskins:

  • Passing – QB Case Keenum (1,343 yards)
  • Rushing – RB Adrian Peterson (784 yards)
  • Receiving – WR Terry McLaurin (833 yards)
  • Touchdowns – WR Terry McLaurin (7)
  • Tackles – S Landon Collins (110)
  • Sacks – DT Matt Ioannidis (8.5)
  • Passes Defended – CB Quinton Dunbar (8)

COMPARING 2019 STATS

Giants:

  • Total offense – 25th (319.1 YPG)
  • Scoring – 23th (20.2 PPG)
  • Passing offense – 21st (222.1 YPG)
  • Sacks allowed – Tied-18th (38)
  • Running offense – 22nd (96.9 YPG)
  • Third down offense – 21st (36.3%)
  • Red zone offense – 17th (56.8%)
  • Total defense – 25th (376.9 YPG)
  • Scoring defense – 27th (27.3 PPG)
  • Passing defense – 26th (261.8 YPG)
  • Sacks – 22nd (32)
  • Running defense – 22nd (115.1 YPG)
  • Third down defense – 17th (39.6%)
  • Red zone defense – 8th (51.1%)
  • Time of possession – 28th (28:29)
  • Turnover differential – 30th (-15)

Redskins:

  • Total offense – 32nd (269.5 YPG)
  • Scoring – 31st (15.4 PPG)
  • Passing offense – 32nd (168.4 YPG)
  • Sacks allowed – 27th (44)
  • Running offense – 20th (101.1 YPG)
  • Third down offense – 32nd (28.1%)
  • Red zone offense – 28th (43.8%)
  • Total defense –21st (363.8 YPG)
  • Scoring defense – 22nd (24.8 PPG)
  • Passing defense – Tied-12th (227.4 YPG)
  • Sacks – Tied-7th (42)
  • Running defense – 28th (136.4 YPG)
  • Third down defense – 31st (48.0%)
  • Red zone defense – 21st (58.5%)
  • Time of possession – 32nd (26:49)
  • Turnover differential – 13th (+2)

QUOTES

  • "Well, we don't know yet. We just need to see how his ankle responds to the added work he did today, and then we'll just take it from there. In the event he can't start, certainly, we have a very experienced backup behind him." – Head Coach Pat Shurmur on whether or not Daniel Jones will start at quarterback this week.
  • "I think he's a very good route-runner. He finds a way to get open, I think he does a good job of catching the ball in a crowd, he's displayed really, really good ball skills, and he has the ability to finish in the end zone. He's caught some short passes and run for touchdowns, and then he's caught some long balls in the end zone. For a guy that can have production and score touchdowns, that's what you're looking for." – Shurmur on how Darius Slayton has impressed him this season
  • "Missing any time is tough and you want to play obviously. Everyone wants to play, everyone wants to be out there. I'd much rather play than watch, I'm excited to hopefully get back out there. There's a process to this and it's part of the game to be able to handle this, be able to recover and get back out there. I understand that and I'm looking forward to getting back out there." – QB Daniel Jones on his desire to get back out on the field this weekend
  • "I was excited for him, that was a cool deal for the fans to do that for him, coach Shurmur and the whole team. That was a special moment and it was cool to be a part of it, cool to see it. No one more deserving, no better guy for that, for sure." – Jones on the ovation Eli Manning received at the end of last week's game
  • "Yeah, it's tough. It's tough. Definitely want to be out there with the team. I was having some success and we were doing good things as a football team. Pretty much out of my control. Definitely didn't choose to be in this position but it's all part of a plan. I have the utmost faith in the path forward and I can't wait to attack this process and get back to the player that I know I am and the player that I know I'm going to be for this team." – TE Evan Engram on his disappointment about his season being cut short

CATCH BEFORE THE GAME

NEXT WEEK

Giants:

  • Philadelphia Eagles (home)

Redskins:

  • Dallas Cowboys (away)

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