The Washington Redskins (4-6) host the New York Giants (5-5) on Sunday in a Week 12 clash.
Washington is 4-1 at FedEx Field this season and has won four in a row in its own building since the season opener against Miami. This game pins the first-place team in the NFC East against Washington, which would slide into the top spot with a victory over the Giants.
Here's a short breakdown of what to expect as well as a prediction:
Game: Week 12 against Washington
Last meeting: Giants won, 32-21, on Sept. 24
How the Giants will win: The Giants will need to hold Washington to fewer than 100 yards on the ground. The last time out, the Giants limited the Redskins' three-pronged rushing attack to 88 yards in a convincing victory. Washington's running game is the team's catalyst. The team is 3-1 when rushing for more than 100 yards. In order to slow down the run game, the Giants will need major contributions from its defensive reinforcements returning to the field in linebackers Uani Unga and J.T. Thomas.
How the Redskins will win: The Redskins can win if DeSean Jackson continues his tear. Dating back to his days with Philadelphia, Jackson is a notorious Giants killer. Last week, in his third game back in the lineup since Week 1, Jackson hauled in a season-high five receptions on eight targets, which resulted in 87 yards and a touchdown. If the Redskins have a healthy Jordan Reed at tight end along with Pierre Garcon out wide and Chris Thompson coming out of the backfield, the Giants will have a whole other aspect of the Washington offense to contend with.
How the Giants will lose: If the Giants do not put constant pressure on Kirk Cousins. Against New England, the Giants' defensive line flashed signs by notching a season-high three sacks. Jason Pierre-Paul is playing better and just had an extra week to get back into football shape. Paired with the return of two starting linebackers, the front seven should be at full strength. Washington's offense features tons of short passes, which means the Giants need to get pressure and do so quickly.
How the Redskins will lose: The Redskins cannot afford to turn the ball over twice or more. This season, Washington is 0-6 when turning the ball over at least two times. Conversely, the team is 4-0 when it turns it over one time or less. The Redskins turned the rock over three times in their Week 3 tilt against the Giants, which did them in for a loss.
Prediction: Giants 35, Redskins 31
Why: The Giants proved they are capable of taking away Washington's running game in their first meeting during Week 3. At the time, a healthy Giants defense held Washington to 88 yards on the ground, which came at a time in which the defense limited opponents to fewer than 100 yards for a four-game stretch. Since then, injuries have ravaged the Giants' defense, which should return to full strength in Week 12. Two weeks ago, the Giants suffered a confidence-building loss to New England in which the pass rush showed signs and the defense stood tall time and time again against Tom Brady. After a bye week to get healthy and refocus, the Giants realize they have a six-game schedule to run away with the NFC East. That begins with a pivotal clash with Washington on Sunday.