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Fact or Fiction: Predictions for the Rookies

RB Andre Williams will have more touchdowns than fellow rookie LB Devon Kennard has sacks.


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JOHN SCHMEELK: Fact -Kennard has rushed the passer well, but at least one of his sacks came on plays where the offense blew their assignments and no one even tried to block them. It's possible the Redskins make a similar mistake but not likely. Williams, on the other hand, is likely to get the goal line carries and rookie record with a seventh game of at least 90 receiving yards.

DAN SALOMONE: Fiction -This is a coin flip, but if I have to choose, let's go with Kennard. He's coming off consecutive two-sack games for the first four of his career. The coaches like his ability to see the lanes, and his hybrid defensive end background in college makes him perfect for blitzing. Meanwhile, I'll say the Giants put up some yards on the ground but their scoring will come through the air. WR Odell Beckham Jr. will extend his rookie record with a seventh game of at least 90 receiving yards.


JOHN SCHMEELK: Fact - *The Redskins blitz a lot and put their young and inexperienced corners out there on islands to cover man on man. That is a recipe for a big game for Beckham, assuming Eli Manning has time to throw the football. *DAN SALOMONE: Fact - **
Is there any reason to doubt that he won't? Six weeks has been plenty of time for opposing defenses to take notice, but all he's done in that span is become the first rookie in NFL history to have six consecutive games of at least 90 receiving yards. He may get there in the first half like last week.

The Giants will have more sacks than the Redskins on Sunday.

JOHN SCHMEELK: Fact -The Redskins offensive line has really struggled the last couple of weeks, while the Giants pass rush has come alive. If Colt McCoy plays, this is a tougher answer, since he is more polished than RG3 and potentially more mobile. This might also wind up depending on which team gets a lead and doesn't abandon the running game. I think both teams will get three or more sacks, but the Giants will get one more since they will be in the lead.

DAN SALOMONE: Fact -The Giants have exploded with 15 sacks over the last two weeks, and they're coming from all levels. Seven have been from the defensive line, six from linebackers, and a pair from the secondary. Sure, they were playing against banged-up lines, but the Giants have their own lengthy injured reserve list that doesn't draw any sympathy.

The Giants will eclipse 100 yards rushing vs. Washington.

JOHN SCHMEELK: Fiction -The Redskins great strength is their defensive line. They have guys up front that can flat out play. Last week, Andre Williams was impressive getting 130 yards, but it came against the worst run defense in football. This week, it will not come as easily.

DAN SALOMONE: Fact -Washington's strength is up front, but what we've seen the last few weeks is a concerted effort by the Giants to control the clock, which they've successfully accomplished. The Giants' average time of possession is roughly 35 minutes in the last three weeks, and that's because they keep plugging away on the ground. Meanwhile, the more rookie Andre Williams plays, the better he gets. The Giants will also have a healthier Rashad Jennings this week.

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