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Giants vs. Redskins Storylines: What to watch for


*Storylines to follow as the Giants prepare for Week 17 against the Redskins: *


A week after being elected as a starter to the NFC Pro Bowl team, safety Landon Collins landed on the injured reserve list with a fractured forearm that he suffered in the second quarter of the Giants' 23-0 loss in Arizona. Middle linebacker B.J. Goodson (ankle) joined him on Wednesday, bringing the Giants' total number of players on injured reserve to 21. Collins, who will finish as the team's leading tackler for the third year in a row, had never missed a start, let alone a game, in his three-year career. Andrew Adams is expected to start in his place opposite Darian Thompson, who has played the most snaps (1,008) on the team.


On Sunday, the Giants also lost their leaders in receptions and touchdowns (Evan Engram) and receiving yards (Sterling Shepard). Engram left in the first half with a rib injury, still needing 11 more catches to break the record for most receptions by a tight end in Giants history (Jeremy Shockey had 74 in 2002). Shepard, on the other hand, had five catches for 45 yards against the Cardinals before leaving in the fourth quarter with a neck injury. Goodson and wide receiver Tavarres King (concussion) were inactive in Week 16.


Eli Manning will start the finale, interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo said in his postgame press conference from University of Phoenix Stadium. Manning, who will tie Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Strahan on Sunday for most regular-season games played in a Giants uniform (216), has started the past three games since Geno Smith got the nod in Week 13 in Oakland.


The New York Giants will end their season against the Washington Redskins for the second year in a row. Last season, they eliminated Washington from playoff consideration on New Year's Day at FedEx Field, their 11th win en route to their first postseason appearance since winning Super Bowl XLVI. This season, however, is a different story. Neither team will play into 2018. The 2-13 Giants have set the franchise record for most losses in a single season, while Washington, winner of its last two games, sits at 7-8.


A critical offseason awaits the Giants, who are guaranteed a top-three draft pick and could be as high as No. 2 depending on what the Colts do Sunday. Before they can decide what direction they will go with the selection, they must first find their next general manager and then head coach.

The Giants began interviews last week for their next GM, meeting with four candidates. In chronological order, they were Marc Ross (Giants vice president of player evaluation), Dave Gettleman (former Panthers general manager who previously spent 15 years in the Giants organization as a personnel executive), Louis Riddick (former NFL player and executive and current ESPN analyst) and Kevin Abrams (Giants interim general manager who has been the assistant general manager for 16 years).

And then there's the future of Manning. The two-time Super Bowl MVP has reiterated his desire to play beyond this season, as well as finish his career as a Giant. Whether or not those two things line up is to be determined. "It's been tough, obviously," Manning said of his 14th season. "I think for probably older players, it's tougher to go through a season where you've been out of the playoffs for a while and the team is struggling. You know you only have so many more opportunities left and so it's been tough. But yeah, I think after next week, just try to look forward to moving on."

Photos from the all-time series between the Giants and Redskins

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