The Giants (2-8) at the Washington Redskins (4-6) at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., on Thursday, Nov. 23 (Happy Thanksgiving!), at 8:30 p.m. ET.
After a day that won't get out of the mid-40s, the temperature should be in the upper 30s throughout the game. No rain and no wind, though. Just clear and cold.
WHAT IT MEANS
The big win over the Chiefs was a feel-good story for the Giants and the embattled Ben McAdoo, but it will be nothing but a blip on the radar if they stumble in Washington. If they want to prove anything - that they have pride, that they're better than their record indicates, and that McAdoo should keep his job - the Chiefs game can't just be a one-off. They need to show they can at least give back-to-back efforts, maybe even get back-to-back wins. It won't mean much in the standings, but it would have meaning nonetheless. … The Redskins, by the way, need this to stay in the playoff race, so it probably means a heck of a lot more to them.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Giants TE Evan Engram
Lost in the shuffle of all the goodness coming out of the win over the Chiefs was the fact that Engram struggled and had, maybe, his worst game as a pro. He chalked it up to maybe trying to do too much, which is understandable since the Giants have very few other viable weapons. The odds are pretty good, though, that his one-catch, nine-yard performance wasn't a rookie hitting a wall or the start of a downward trend. Expect a bounce back game for Engram, who has been one of the most reliably good parts of this miserable Giants season.
MATCHUP TO WATCH: Redskins CB Josh Norman vs. Giants WR Roger Lewis.
I know. Yawn, right? It's kind of hard to get up for this one after all the great Norman vs. Odell Beckham tussles. It's hard to imagine Norman will have as much fun trying to get under Lewis' skin. It's also hard to imagine he'll be as successful. But you never know.
As for Lewis, he hasn't exactly seized his opportunity since Beckham got hurt. But he has shown small signs of a breakout the last couple of weeks. He's had three catches in each of the last two games and made that spectacular catch in overtime against the Chiefs that set up the game-winning field goal. This is a big step up in cornerback class for him, but it's also a chance to prove himself to the Giants that he's more than just a fourth receiver in their future.
There is a real, legitimate chance for the Giants' offense to break out against a Redskins defense that has given up 30 or more points in four of the last five games - at least in theory. If this Giants' offense had shown anything - anything at all - this season, I'd be buying into that, too. But they continue to be a mess, and without WR Sterling Shepard and two offensive linemen (Justin Pugh, D.J. Fluker), it's hard to see them being magically able to consistently move the ball. The Redskins may be incredibly banged up and will be missing RB Chris Thompson, WR Terrelle Pryor and TE Jordan Reed, among others. But they still manage to move the ball and score enough to be a Top 10 offense.
If the Giants' defense plays like it did last week, could they slow them down enough to make this a competitive game? Sure. Does anyone want to bet on that effort? Even if they get it, even if you factor in the Redskins' 2-7 Thanksgiving record, and even if you factor in the short week and the crazy results of Thursday night games, the Giants just don't have the offense to keep up with any team that can score. They kept up with the Chiefs because their defense was on and the Chiefs' offense made a ton of mistakes. Yes, it could always happen again. No, it probably won't. Redskins 23, Giants 17.
MY RECORD: 4-6
MY RECORD WHEN PICKING THE GIANTS TO WIN: 0-4
MY RECORD WHEN PICKING THE GIANTS TO LOSE: 4-2