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Need to Know: Final thoughts on Redskins vs. Giants


Need to Know: Final thoughts on Redskins vs. Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ--Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, September 25, the day the Washington Redskins visit the New York Giants.


Today's schedule: Redskins vs. Giants 1 p.m. FOX

Days until: Browns @ Redskins 7; Redskins @ Ravens 14; Eagles @ Redskins 21

Final thoughts on Redskins vs. Giants

—News came out this morning that Rashad Jennings, who is the Giants’ leading rusher, will be out with a broken thumb. That will have some impact on today’s game but Shane Vereen has been taken about 40 percent of the Giants rushing attempts so far this year and he is a more than capable fill in.

—Contrary to what you might think when a team is 2-0 the Giants are upside down in turnover margin. They have lost three fumbles and Eli Manning has thrown an interception. Rarely will a team that’s minus-four be 2-0 but they have survived. That either means that the Giants are resilient or that they or lucky. Or maybe a little of both. If the Giants have a negative margin today and still win the Redskins will be kicking themselves over a lost opportunity.

—In fact, against the Saints last week the Giants did not score an offensive touchdown, getting their only TD on a return of a blocked field goal attempt. And they lost those three fumbles. Since merger only four teams have won a game with no offenive touchdowns and a negative turnover margin. You might remember the last time it happened. It was the Bears beating the Cardinals in 2006 and the result had Arizona coach Dennis Green shouting “They are who we thought they were! And we let them off the hook!” Clearly the Saints let the Giants off the hook but Sean Peyton didn’t explode at the podium.

—The Giants are also underwater in sacks, getting two of them while giving up four. The Redskins will hope to add to the deficit today as second-year player Bobby Hart will fill in for injured right tackle Marshall Newhouse. Hart could be a matchup that Ryan Kerrigan can exploit. Meanwhile Olivier Vernon, who signed an $85 million free agent contract with the Giants last spring, has barely dented the stat sheet with no sacks and three tackles in two games. He will be matched up against Trent Williams.

— Will desperation overcome the Meadowlands jinx? I don’t think that it will. The problem is that the Redskins really don’t have anything to hang their hats on right now. The major facets of the game—running the ball, stopping the run, passing, pass defense—are all malfunctioning to one degree or another. Things could fall into place and the Redskins could come away with a win, perhaps an easy one. But based on what I’ve seen I can’t predict that.

Giants 24, Redskins 20

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The 2018 salaries of five Redskins become fully guaranteed today

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The 2018 salaries of five Redskins become fully guaranteed today

It may be the 18th of March but today could be like Christmas for five Redskins players.

The Redskins decided to use today, four days after the start of the league year, for some contract triggers. In this case, the triggers are all 2018 salary guarantees (some teams will pay out roster bonuses on trigger dates, but the Redskins rarely use that type of structure).

Here are the players whose have guarantees that kick in today 4 p.m. All data is via Over the Cap.


CB Josh Norman, base salary of $13.5 million becomes fully guaranteed—This was a window for the Redskins to move on from Norman if they were not happy with his performance after two seasons. He is 31 and he had no interceptions last season, leaving some to wonder if the Redskins might think about releasing him. But it never was a consideration.

TE Jordan Reed, $8 million of his $8.25 million salary becomes fully guaranteed—No, I’m not sure why they are leaving that $250,000 out there non-guaranteed. Fans thought that the Redskins might move on from Reed due to his injury issues. But, as with Norman, it never was a consideration.

S D.J. Swearinger, $3 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed—This is a mere technicality, Swearinger wasn’t going anywhere after helping to solidify the safety position.


RB Chris Thompson, $1.996 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed—His rehab is going well and after last year Thompson’s two-year, $7 million contract extension signed last September looks like a good deal for the team.

DE Terrell McClain, $3.25 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed—If the Redskins sign a top free agent D-lineman or draft on early in the draft they could be in a numbers crunch. That new acquisition would be guaranteed a roster spot along with Jonathan Allen, Matt Ioannidis, Stacy McGee, and Anthony Lanier. That makes five and the Redskins kept six last year. Ziggy Hood is a favorite of the coaching staff but he has no guaranteed money left on his contract. That could tip the sixth spot in favor of McClain if he is on the roster at the close of business today. If they release McClain after today, they would take a cap charge of over $2 million. It seems unlikely that anything will happen but it’s something to keep an eye on.

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