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NFL - Washington at New York Giants (8:15 PM ET NBC)


2007-12-17

The Giants have secured a playoff spot and unless unusual circumstances arise, seem set to travel to Tampa Bay in the wildcard round. There are still three games to take care of before then however, starting Sunday at home vs. division rival Washington.

HC Tom Coughlin's team has played better football on the road, going just 3-3 SU & ATS at home in '07 and 4-7 SU & 3-7-1 ATS in the L11 overall. In fact, in the second half of the L2 seasons, they are 0-6 ATS at home. The Redskins are off a big win vs. Chicago that kept them in the wildcard hunt. Nothing but wins the rest of the way will make that happen though. Unfortunately, their L3 opponents are a combined 27-12. The favorite in the L15 games of this head-to-head series in New York is 11-4 SU & 10-5 ATS.

What was once a promising season of hope in the nation's capital is now another in a growing line of failures for the once-great Joe Gibbs. Young QB Jason Campbell continues to build numbers but has fallen prey to mistakes he avoided in the early weeks. The defense has the tools to work as a unit to fear, but the tragic loss of safety Sean Taylor could be just as damaging on the field as it has been off. A once-lethal rushing defense may now find flaws exposed as the defensive backfield, already in trouble, is without their top ball-hawking leader.

The Giants are manic depressive. Their offense comes and goes without warning as QB Eli Manning continues to draw criticism for his lack of progress, nagged by poor mistakes that oft result in turnover and an inability to lead this team to a higher stage. However, it may be fair to point a finger at the defense. Surrendering 41 points to a Minnesota team void of a passing attack perplexes, indicating the defensive backfield is susceptible if the rush to apply pressure on the QB fails.

Keys to the Game
It's hard to call the Giants impressive as they march towards the postseason. A better word might be sufficient, an upgrade over last year. Manning's horribly-inconsistent play is a real conundrum, leaving little room for error. Washington has had a few more days to grieve which could help the team refocus on the road in an NFC East encounter. Interestingly, teams like the Redskins that were favored at home on a Thursday and are now road dogs have posted 12-4 ATS record.

Trends
~ Washington is 3-14 ATS in their last division road game of the season.
~ The NY Giants are 0-6 ATS in home games in the second half of the season over the last two seasons.

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