The Giants (2-13) vs. the Washington Redskins (7-8) at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey,, on Sunday, Dec. 31, at 1 p.m. ET.
As if anyone needed a reason to stay home, it'll be 19 degrees (that's the high) with 15 mph winds (that's not even the gusts), so it will feel much colder. It'll feel really cold when the wind starts whipping around what surely will be one of the emptiest stadiums the Giants have ever experienced. It'll be much warmer in your living room, trust me.
WHAT IT MEANS
For the sentimental folks, there's at least a chance that this will be Eli Manning's final start for the Giants -- though the hiring of Dave Gettleman as GM likely means Manning will at least be given the option for more next year. For the futurists, this game is all about the 2018 draft. If the Giants lose, they lock up the No. 2 pick and will be in perfect position to grab Manning's eventual replacement. For everyone else, as far as the Giants are concerned, it means nothing. Absolutely nothing.
PLAYER TO WATCH (I)
Redskins QB Kirk Cousins. Go ahead and focus on Manning, but he still has absolutely nothing to work with on offense, so it's not likely to be any better than it's been. As for Cousins, he's having another outstanding season. He will pass 4,000 yards on Sunday and approach 30 touchdown passes. And by the way, it's very likely he'll be a free agent in March, so you could be watching the future quarterback of the Jets.
PLAYER TO WATCH (II)
Giants QB Davis Webb. If Steve Spagnuolo's "hope" is fulfilled, you'll be watching him hold a clipboard the entire game as the backup quarterback. He'll be active for the first time in his career, but won't see much action. Of course, if things go wrong -- and really, when do they not go wrong for the Giants? -- it's possible Webb will make his NFL debut in the second half, probably in the fourth quarter. Don't expect to learn anything about him then. In the final minutes of a lost season with a decimated team, he'll be lucky to escape in one piece. But people want to get a look at him before the 2018 draft and this would be the only shot.
This season was over a long time ago, and if the Giants were ever going to mount one last brave stand, have one last blast of energy … well, it came two weeks ago in their hard-fought loss to the Eagles. Now, most of them are interested in just going home (not all of them, of course). But this is such a miserable season it's hard to imagine things will magically get better in Week 17. No, the Redskins won't exactly be motivated and they're not very good either. But they're better than what's left of this Giants team. The best thing for the Giants at this point is to just go home and, for those allowed to return in April, get ready to try again with a mostly new cast next year. … Redskins 29, Giants 10.
MY RECORD: 9-6
MY RECORD WHEN PICKING THE GIANTS TO WIN: 0-4
MY RECORD WHEN PICKING THE GIANTS TO LOSE: 9-2