Game: Week 3 vs. Washington
Last season: The Giants swept the series against their NFC East rivals with wins of 45-14 and 24-13. Eli Manning threw for 550 yards combined in those games, while both Victor Cruz and Odell Beckham Jr. had 100-plus-yard receiving days.
How the Giants will win: The Redskins have been competitive in both games this season because of their toughness in the trenches. They boast a solid defensive front seven and utilize a ball-control offense. The Giants must poke at Washington's defensive weakness, its secondary, with Beckham playing a major role. This season, Washington's front seven has dominated against Miami and St. Louis, helping to lift the pass defense to No. 2 in the NFL.
How the Redskins will win: Speaking of the front seven, the Giants may be short their rookie left tackle. Injuries have ravished the Giants offensive line, which creates a major mismatch with the talent Washington boasts up front. If Washington can generate pressure on Manning while also stymying the Giants run game, it will put the team in a favorable position to win.
How the Giants will lose: The Giants have allowed Jason Witten and Jacob Tamme to gash their pass defense each of the first two weeks. Witten caught a pair of touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with 7 seconds to go in Week 1. Tamme had 77 yards on four catches. Jordan Reed is the most athletic tight end the Giants have seen to date and is the most targeted receiver on Washington. Paired with a solid rushing attack, Reed could force trouble for the Giants defensively.
How the Redskins will lose: Washington's best strategy is to play a ball-control offense with a productive running attack. Matt Jones and Alfred Morris have both been successful to start the year, but will face a test in the Giants' No. 3-ranked rush defense. If Washington cannot get their run game going and put the game in the hands of Cousins, they could find themselves facing an uphill battle.
Prediction: Giants 21, Redskins 20
Why: Washington has been one of the biggest surprises in the NFL through two weeks. Cousins is managing the game well while allowing his rushing attack and defense dominate. Washington has gone toe-to-toe with two of the more physical teams in the league in Miami and St. Louis. The Giants should be 2-0 if not for late-game collapses each of the first two weeks. Still, the team is playing without a handful of key contributors like Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Victor Cruz and possibly Jon Beason and Flowers. Still, there is enough talent on the team to help them avoid another 0-3 start.