1:00 PM ET, December 29, 2013
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
The only current NFC coaches who have won multiple Super Bowls are feeling positive about their futures despite poor 2013 seasons.
These teams finished first and second in the NFC East last year, with Washington (3-12) capturing its first division title since 1999.
Now the Redskins will finish last for the fifth time in six seasons as they try to avoid their worst record since 1994. A loss Sunday would also give them their first eight-game losing streak in more than a half-century, since they dropped 17 straight over the 1960 and 1961 seasons.
Speculation is rampant that Shanahan's fourth season with the club will be his last, but the two-time Super Bowl winner with Denver insists he wants to stay on. He will meet with owner Dan Snyder.
"I love these guys," Shanahan said. "And we've been working extremely hard to put this thing together, and we've had a couple of bumps, which we all know with the salary cap, but I'm looking forward to building this football team. But, like I said, it's a situation where I'll get a chance to sit down with Dan at the end of the season and we'll go from there."
Coughlin's two Super Bowls have been more recent with New York (6-9), which won it all just two seasons ago. The Giants will finish with their first losing season since going 6-10 in his first year in 2004.
New York has won six of nine since an 0-6 start, and Coughlin said this week that he wants to return.
"Sure, absolutely," Coughlin said. "I mean, probably even more because there are a lot of those that are telling you that you didn't do very well and you're not a very good coach and you're not this and you're not that, so perhaps you have something to prove."
The Giants are clearly finishing stronger than the Redskins, winning 23-20 in overtime at Detroit last Sunday to eliminate the Lions from playoff contention.
That victory came after back-to-back 23-point defeats that called into question how New York would finish the season even though Coughlin has insisted that pride was enough of a motivating factor.
"From my standpoint is we've been in a couple of celebratory locker rooms after Super Bowls," Coughlin said. "Well, how's it going to look if some of these guys were with us in the good times and it's not so good right now? How are we going to act? What is our statement about who we are? And what kind of example are we for the young people? So I think pride is very important."
Cousins threw for 381 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in a 27-26 loss at Atlanta on Dec. 15. He was less effective in last Sunday's 24-23 home loss to Dallas, completing 21 of 36 passes for 197 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
"I think I'm in a good spot right now," Cousins said. "Obviously, we would have liked those be wins but we're two points away from being 2-0 in this three-game stretch and hopefully we can get a win this week."
Cousins will no doubt be targeting Pierre Garcon, who has been thrown to a league-leading 172 times and leads the NFL with a Redskins-record 107 catches. Garcon had nine receptions for 61 yards in the first meeting.
The Redskins have done a good job of protecting Cousins, who has been sacked once in his starts. New York sacked Griffin five times earlier this month, with Justin Tuck recording a career-best four.
Tuck, who has 7 1/2 sacks over his last five games, is one of several Giants who could be playing their last game with New York.
"I'm looking ahead," Tuck said. "Anytime you go into a season like this, you always take time out at the end of the year to go over the goods, the bads and the ugly. I'm looking forward to getting back to the top of the heap."
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|Avg Points Allowed||29.9||23.9|
Team Averages & NFL Ranks
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Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)
|NY Giants leads 18-8|
|Dec 1, 2013||WSH 17, NYG 24|
|Dec 3, 2012||WSH 17, NYG 16|
|Oct 21, 2012||WSH 23, @NYG 27|
|Dec 18, 2011||WSH 23, @NYG 10|
|Sep 11, 2011||WSH 28, NYG 14|
|Jan 2, 2011||WSH 14, NYG 17|
|Dec 5, 2010||WSH 7, @NYG 31|
|Dec 21, 2009||WSH 12, NYG 45|
|Sep 13, 2009||WSH 17, @NYG 23|
|Nov 30, 2008||WSH 7, NYG 23|
|Sep 4, 2008||WSH 7, @NYG 16|
|Dec 16, 2007||WSH 22, @NYG 10|
|Sep 23, 2007||WSH 17, NYG 24|
|Dec 30, 2006||WSH 28, NYG 34|
|Oct 8, 2006||WSH 3, @NYG 19|
|Dec 24, 2005||WSH 35, NYG 20|
|Oct 30, 2005||WSH 0, @NYG 36|
|Dec 5, 2004||WSH 31, NYG 7|
|Sep 19, 2004||WSH 14, @NYG 20|
|Dec 7, 2003||WSH 20, @NYG 7|
|Sep 21, 2003||WSH 21, NYG 24|
|Dec 8, 2002||WSH 21, NYG 27|
|Nov 17, 2002||WSH 17, @NYG 19|
|Oct 28, 2001||WSH 35, NYG 21|
|Oct 7, 2001||WSH 9, @NYG 23|
The Redskins added -28.8 expected points to their net scoring margin in Sunday's 20-6 defeat, their worst offensive output in a game since 2006. The Redskins are the only team this season to finish in the bottom 10 in offensive, defensive and special teams EPA.
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