8:25 PM ET, September 25, 2014
FedEx Field, Landover, MD
Cousins On Offense
Losing teams usually like to use practice to improve their deficiencies.
These NFC East rivals have admitted they won't be able to get much work done ahead of Thursday night's matchup at FedEx Field.
Both teams are 1-2 and the loser will be in sole possession of last place in the division.
Washington came out of Sunday's 37-34 loss at Philadelphia as a very banged-up club with cornerback DeAngelo Hall (ruptured left Achilles) and safety Duke Ihenacho (broken left foot) lost for the season. Linebackers Brian Orakpo (left middle finger) and Jason Hatcher (hamstring) and guard Shawn Lauvao (right knee) are also hurting.
"We're losing guys left and right," Orakpo said. "Football's a tough game. Look, if you've got kids and can't stand injuries, don't let 'em play football."
The Redskins held a late-afternoon walkthrough Monday and listed 17 players -- nearly one-third of the roster -- on the injury report.
"Obviously this is a week that I would rather not have a Thursday night game," first-year coach Jay Gruden said.
New York seems to be healthier after earning its first victory, 30-17 over Houston on Sunday. That doesn't mean the Giants' preparation for Thursday will be ideal.
Coach Tom Coughlin said his only full practice is scheduled for Tuesday with little physical work.
"Really the field work is very minimal," Coughlin said. "We want them to see everything but we don't want a lot of exertion in terms of...I want them to move around enough to help the soreness, work the soreness out."
If there is an edge for New York, it is that Coughlin has been through this process before as a head coach. His club won at Carolina two seasons ago on Thursday night and lost at Chicago last year.
"We do have a set routine in our way in which we prepare for a Thursday night game," he said.
"Keep running and keep pounding," quarterback Eli Manning said. "One point we ran the same play three times in a row. They were rolling. They liked it."
Manning had his most efficient performance of the season, completing 21 of 28 passes for 234 yards with two scores and not throwing an interception for the first time in eight games. Victor Cruz had five catches for 107 yards and ended a 12-game drought without a touchdown.
The Giants also do not expect first-round pick Odell Beckham Jr. to make his debut. The wide receiver has a hamstring injury.
Gruden lumped most of Washington's injuries into the "day-to-day" category. There was optimism that Orakpo, Hatcher and Lauvao could play.
The Redskins haven't received word on any possible discipline for nose tackle Chris Baker, who blindsided Eagles quarterback Nick Foles on Sunday. No flag was thrown for the block, but Baker and Eagles left tackle Jason Peters were ejected after the ensuing melee.
Baker feels he did nothing wrong.
"I know what my intentions were, and my intention was to get a block," Baker said. "If I really wanted to hit him hard, I could've changed speed and really exploded into him."
Washington is second in the league with 444.0 yards per game after Kirk Cousins made his first start of the year in place of the injured Robert Griffin III and was 30 of 48 for a career-high 427 yards and three scores Sunday. The Redskins have dropped four straight starts by Cousins.
Pierre Garcon had 11 catches for 138 yards and his first touchdown.
Manning has 16 touchdowns and 17 interceptions against Washington -- a departure from his production against the Giants' other division foes. He has 38 TDs and 22 INTs against Dallas and 36 and 21, respectively, versus the Eagles.
He was only sacked once Sunday by a ferocious Houston defensive front that includes J.J. Watt, and it is not clear what kind of pressure he could be under Thursday. The Redskins are tied for the NFL lead with 10 sacks -- four by Ryan Kerrigan -- but all of them came in a 41-10 rout of lowly Jacksonville on Sept. 14.
Jennings is third in the league with 286 rushing yards while Washington's Alfred Morris is fourth at 253. Morris gained 244 yards in two games against New York as a rookie in 2012 before being limited to 88 last season in two defeats.
The Giants have taken six of the last eight meetings at Washington.
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|Avg Points Allowed||3.5||11.3|
Team Averages & NFL Ranks
|TEAM OFFENSE||TEAM||PER GAME AVERAGE|
|TEAM DEFENSE||TEAM||PER GAME AVERAGE|
|Pass Yds Allowed||NYG|
|Rush Yds Allowed||NYG|
Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)
|NY Giants leads 19-8|
|Dec 29, 2013||NYG 20, WSH 6|
|Dec 1, 2013||NYG 24, @WSH 17|
|Dec 3, 2012||NYG 16, @WSH 17|
|Oct 21, 2012||NYG 27, WSH 23|
|Dec 18, 2011||NYG 10, WSH 23|
|Sep 11, 2011||NYG 14, @WSH 28|
|Jan 2, 2011||NYG 17, @WSH 14|
|Dec 5, 2010||NYG 31, WSH 7|
|Dec 21, 2009||NYG 45, @WSH 12|
|Sep 13, 2009||NYG 23, WSH 17|
|Nov 30, 2008||NYG 23, @WSH 7|
|Sep 4, 2008||NYG 16, WSH 7|
|Dec 16, 2007||NYG 10, WSH 22|
|Sep 23, 2007||NYG 24, @WSH 17|
|Dec 30, 2006||NYG 34, @WSH 28|
|Oct 8, 2006||NYG 19, WSH 3|
|Dec 24, 2005||NYG 20, @WSH 35|
|Oct 30, 2005||NYG 36, WSH 0|
|Dec 5, 2004||NYG 7, @WSH 31|
|Sep 19, 2004||NYG 20, WSH 14|
|Dec 7, 2003||NYG 7, WSH 20|
|Sep 21, 2003||NYG 24, @WSH 21|
|Dec 8, 2002||NYG 27, @WSH 21|
|Nov 17, 2002||NYG 19, WSH 17|
|Oct 28, 2001||NYG 21, @WSH 35|
|Oct 7, 2001||NYG 23, WSH 9|
Eli Manning has not thrown multiple touchdown passes in any of his last eight road games. The last time Manning had more than one touchdown pass on the road was in Week 1 of last season at Dallas (4 TD, 3 INT).
Eli Manning had a Total QBR of 78.5 in Primetime games in 2012 but since the start of the 2013 season his QBR has dropped to 41.3 in Primetime.[+]
Eli Manning in Primetime Games - Last 3 Seasons
Rashad Jennings had a career-high 34 rushes in Week 3, the most by any player in a game this season. Jennings needs 26 carries Thursday night to tie Walter Payton and Emmitt Smith for the fifth-most rushes over two games in a five-day span in NFL history (ELIAS).[+]
Most Rushes Over 2 Games - With 3 Days Rest Between Games in NFL History
All four of Kirk Cousins' interceptions Thursday came on throws outside the painted numbers. Cousins had the NFL's second-highest Total QBR on such throws entering the game (94.6), throwing three touchdowns with zero interceptions. Cousins was 3-of-6 for 59 yards and a touchdown on throws more than 10 yards downfield in the first half, but was 1-of-6 for 17 yards and three interceptions on such throws after halftime.
The Giants scored 31 points off six Redskins turnovers Thursday, the most points off turnovers for a team in a game since Week 15 of last season (Chiefs - 35 vs. Raiders). The Redskins had allowed three points off three turnovers in their first three games combined. The Giants improved to 7-0 since the start of last season when they have a positive turnover margin (+5 Thursday), compared to 2-11 when they do not. Eli Manning was 10-of-11 targeting his tight ends Thursday, including 7-of-8 for 54 yards and three touchdowns targeting Larry Donnell. Manning has completed 84.2% of passes targeting tight ends this season, best in the league (min. 10 att).
The Redskins sent five or more pass rushers on 24% of Eli Manning's first-half dropbacks. Entering Thursday, the Redskins had blitzed on 49% of opponents' dropbacks, the second-highest rate in the league.
Each of Eli Manning's first seven touchdown passes (including two Thursday) have come on throws 10 yards or fewer downfield. Manning had eight touchdowns on such throws all of last season.
Eli Manning completed 20-of-27 passes on throws 10 yards or fewer downfield Thursday, including all four of his touchdowns. In four games, Manning has already thrown more touchdown passes on such throws than he did all of last season. All three of Manning's touchdown passes to Larry Donnell came on throws 10 yards or fewer downfield. Donnell's four touchdown receptions this season on such throws are tied with Julius Thomas for most in the league.[+]
Eli Manning Passing 10 or Fewer Yards Downfield, Last 2 Seasons
Eli Manning was sacked or under duress on just two of his 41 dropbacks Thursday (5%), his second-lowest pressure percentage since 2009. Manning was under duress on the game's first play from scrimmage, but did not face pressure on a pass attempt the rest of the game (was sacked once). Entering Thursday, the Redskins had pressured opposing quarterbacks on an NFL-best 36% of dropbacks.
Eli Manning was sacked or under duress on two of his 25 first-half dropbacks (8%). Entering tonight, the Redskins had pressured opposing QB's on an NFL-best 36% of dropbacks.
The Redskins had allowed three points off turnovers in their first three games combined. The Giants' first-quarter touchdown came after recovering a Redskins fumble.
3 players have had at least 6 receptions and 3 receiving TD in a game this season. Donnell, Antonio Gates, and Julius Thomas (all tight ends). Since 2000, only 2 other Giants have hit those numbers in an entire game.[+]
At Least 6 Receptions, 3 Receiving TD - Single Game by a Giant Since 2000
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