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WR Mario Manningham vs. CB DeAngelo Hall

Manningham's last regular season catch turned out to be the Giants' fourth-longest play from scrimmage in team history, as well as the longest pass since 1972. The 92-yard touchdown from , in which Manningham blew by Hall, gave the Giants a 10-point lead early in the third quarter. Having been held to nine yards on three catches up to that point in the game, Manningham provided the spark that gave the Giants a 17-14 victory to finish the season with a 10-6 record. In the first meeting – which the Giants won 31-7 at home – Manningham had two catches for 36 yards. And in four career games against the Redskins, he has 12 receptions for 239 yards (19.9 AVG) and three touchdowns.

QB Eli Manning's consecutive starts vs. LB London Fletcher's own streak

With Peyton Manning out for Week 1, both Eli Manning and London Fletcher are slated to move up the active consecutive starts list. Eli Manning, currently 13th with 103, will become the leader among quarterbacks. Meanwhile, Fletcher, the leader among linebackers with 163, will become second overall behind Tampa Bay's Ronde Barber. Fletcher has faced the Giants a total of 12 times in three different uniforms throughout his career – three for St. Louis, one with Buffalo and eight for Washington. In those games, the 36-year-old has averaged nearly 10 tackles a game along with three interceptions, most recently during Week 13 last season.

DT Barry Cofield vs. his old team

Cofield's tenure with the Giants, the team that drafted him, came to an end just before the start of this year's training camp. Starting 78 of 79 games at defensive tackle for the Giants, Cofield signed within the division, joining Washington, where he will play nose tackle in a 3-4 defense. Since coming into the league in 2006, Cofield has recorded 210 total tackles along with 10.5 sacks. Sunday will be his first game against his former team.

Giants' secondary vs. QB Rex Grossman

Grossman is another Redskin who has played against the Giants in multiple uniforms. Grossman has played Big Blue three times – two with Chicago – and his only victory came in his first attempt in 2006. Grossman went 18-for-30 for 246 yards with three touchdowns and an interception in that game. Since then, Grossman's numbers against the Giants have been relatively high, but the results have not been the same. In his two straight losses to the Giants, Grossman threw for 296 yards and a touchdown for the Bears in 2006, while finishing last season's loss with 336 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.  

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