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Fact or Fiction: Predictions for Washington


The Giants will rush for more than 100 yards against Washington.**




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    JOHN SCHMEELK: Fiction - The Giants running attack looked fantastic on Sunday, but I don't think they will repeat that success this week. There will be adjustment with James Brewer at guard, and the Redskins are a strong team against the run. In their last eight games they have not allowed a 100 yard rusher, and only one run over 20 yards. Barry Cofield at NT and London Fletcher at MLB anchor a front seven that is very strong against the run. Brian Orakpo might be known for sacks, but he has been great against the run this year as well.

  • DAN SALOMONE: Fact - Not only are the Giants coming off 200 yards last week, but I think the Redskins are on their heels a little bit. They're coming off a loss (their third in a row) in a dominating performance by the physical San Francisco 49ers. Games against them can linger.
  • MICHAEL EISEN: Fact - With Andre Brown carrying the ball, the running game has hit its stride and should continue its success in Washington.

Eli Manning's consecutive starts streak at quarterback is more impressive than London Fletcher's at linebacker.

  • JOHN SCHMEELK: Fiction - Are we really comparing the toughness and beating you take at MLB to that of a quarterback. I think Fletcher's streak is more impressive than Cal Ripken's. It will never be repeated again by a linebacker.
  • DAN SALOMONE: Fiction - I'm with Schmeelk. What he said. Plus Fletcher has played in, what, 251-straight games? He's going on 16 seasons. Remarkable.
  • MICHAEL EISEN: Fiction -It's hard to call a starting streak of 210 consecutive games less impressive than anything, including 146 straight starts at quarterback.

The Giants will record at least three sacks on Sunday.

  • JOHN SCHMEELK: Fact - The Giants pass rush has been improving and the Redskins have struggled to protect their quarterback the last four weeks. Even the usually reliable Trent Williams has been taken advantage of. Robert Griffin III is also prone to hold the ball a long time, and he struggles after he gets past his first read. The Redskins have been much more of a passing team this year and the Giants should get their quarterback on the ground early and often.
  • DAN SALOMONE: Fact - At least? Yes. More? Not sure. The Giants did notch four last week, and all came from defensive linemen. In previous weeks, you were getting about half from linebackers and defensive backs. So that was a good sign for the Giants' pass rush. Meanwhile, there's something off with Robert Griffin III and the Redskins. The Giants can get to him three times.
  • MICHAEL EISEN: Fact -They've had four in three of the last four games and the Redskins aren't known for having one of the NFL's top offensive lines.

Limiting Alfred Morris is the No. 1 key to a Giants victory.

  • JOHN SCHMEELK: Fact - For all the press Robert Griffin III gets, Alfred Morris always was the key to this offensive attack. He is a great running back that gets up field, breaks tackles, and gets the extra yards. This guy is tough and finds the holes quickly. If the Giants can hold him to under 100 yards and around four yards per carry, they should win the game.
  • DAN SALOMONE: Fiction - I'm going to go to the offensive side of the ball for this one. The defense has been holding up, but the red (green) zone offense has been the backbreaker. That and turnovers have dictated the Giants' season. 
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