NY Giants (10-5) at Washington (8-6-1)
When: Sunday, January 1st 2017
Where: FedEx Field, Landover, MD
Time: 4:25 ET | TV: FOX
The New York Giants will try and keep the Washington Redskins out of the playoffs on Sunday when they meet in Week 17 at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. New York, which is already locked into the No. 5 seed in the NFC, could eliminate the Redskins with a victory Sunday. Head coach Ben McAdoo told reporters that Eli Manning and the rest of the starters will not be restricted in this contest. The Giants are coming off a 24-19 defeat at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles last Thursday night and should be well rested. “Definitely knowing that you could keep a team out of the playoffs, that’s a big deal in a sense,” Giants electric wideout Odell Beckham Jr. said. “Just have to come out and do what we’re capable of doing. The rest will handle itself.” Eli Manning was 25-of-38 for 350 yards in the first meeting this season – a 29-27 Redskins victory – but threw two interceptions. Beckham caught 7 passes for 121 yards and four of those catches went for 76 yards when guarded by Redskins star cornerback Josh Norman.
All the Redskins have to do is beat the Giants and not have the Green Bay/Detroit game end in a tie, and they’ll be in the postseason. They rebounded from a horrible Monday night home loss to Carolina by beating up on the Chicago Bears on the road last week 41-21 to stay alive. Quarterback Kirk Cousins (franchise-record 4,630 passing yards) threw for 296 yards and two touchdowns in the first meeting with the Giants and accounted for three scores (two rushing, one passing) in last week’s win over the Bears. Tight end Jordan Reed participated in practice Thursday without any obvious discomfort with his injured left shoulder, giving coach Jay Gruden optimism and Cousins another weapon in the team’s third-ranked offense (411.3 yards per game). Wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Jamison Crowder have been lighting it up, with Jackson accounting for 327 receiving yards and a touchdown in the last three games while Crowder has three scores in his past four at home. Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan has collected four of his team-leading 11 sacks over the last five games.
The Redskins were awful two weeks ago against Carolina at home and have lost three at FedEx Field this season. The Giants defense has been playing terrific of late and it looks like the offense will play most of the game. Cousins has not been great when in a must-win game and he will make enough mistakes to keep New York in this contest.
Pick: Giants +7.5