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NFL Capsule: Giants at Redskins

NFL Capsule: Giants at Redskins

NEW YORK GIANTS (7-4) At WASHINGTON (5-6)

Monday, 8:30 p.m., ESPN

OPENING LINE - Pick-em

RECORD VS. SPREAD - New York 5-4-2; Washington 6-5

SERIES RECORD - Giants lead 93-64-4

AP PRO32 RANKING - Giants No. 7; Redskins No. 16

LAST MEETING - Giants beat Redskins 27-23, Oct. 21

LAST WEEK - Giants beat Packers 38-10; Redskins beat Cowboys 38-31

GIANTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (10), RUSH (13), PASS (9)

GIANTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (23), RUSH (16), PASS (25)

REDSKINS OFFENSE - OVERALL (7), RUSH (2), PASS (19)

REDSKINS DEFENSE - OVERALL (28), RUSH (3), PASS (31)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Rematch from Week 7, when Giants won on 77-yard TD pass to Victor Cruz with 1:13 remaining. ... QB Eli Manning 7-2 in past nine starts vs. Redskins. ... Teams among best in NFL in turnover ratio. Giants plus-13 (tied for second); Redskins plus-12 (tied for fourth), and Washington has committed only one turnover in last four games. ... Giants have allowed NFL-low 14 sacks. ... New York has best 2-minute offense in league, scoring 30 points on 19 possessions. ... Giants RB Andre Brown had team-high eight rushing TDs before breaking left leg in fourth quarter against Packers. ... New York K Lawrence Tynes leads NFL in field goals made (29) and attempted (32). ... Giants S Stevie Brown leads NFL with 168 interception return yards, most by Giants player since Dick Lynch in 1963. He leads NFL safeties with five picks. ... Washington leads NFL in penalties (93) and penalty yards (770). Giants second-least penalized team, with 48 infractions for 368 yards. ... Win would mark first time since 2005. ... Redskins have beaten three NFC East teams in three weeks. ... Redskins have lost 10 straight Monday night home games. Their only Monday night win at current stadium came year it opened: 21-16 over Dallas on Oct. 13, 1997. ... Washington QB Robert Griffin III chosen NFL offensive rookie of month for November. He has thrown eight touchdown passes in last two games, is only rookie in NFL history with back-to-back games with four passing TDs. ... Griffin needs 65 yards rushing to break Cam Newton's NFL record for yards rushing by a rookie QB (706). ... RB Alfred Morris needs 18 yards to become Washington's first 1,000-yard rusher since Clinton Portis in 2008. Morris needs 82 yards to break team record for rushing yards by rookie (1,063, by Reggie Brooks in 1993). ... Washington one of five NFL teams yet to commit red zone turnover this season. ... Redskins offense leads NFL in yards per play (6.15). ... Redskins have 57 rushing plays of 10-plus yards, second most in NFL. ... Washington has scored more points (305) than all of last season (288). ... Opponents pass ball NFL-high 66.8 percent of time against Washington's defense. ... Redskins coach Mike Shanahan going for 171st win (regular and postseason), which would tie him with Redskins' Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs for 12th all-time.

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Though the refs did, the Redskins saw nothing wrong with Clay Matthews' hit on Alex Smith

Though the refs did, the Redskins saw nothing wrong with Clay Matthews' hit on Alex Smith

A few years ago, the hit would've been celebrated. Last year, it would've gone down as a drive-ending sack.

But in 2018, with the NFL's new emphasis on defenders not being able to fall on quarterbacks with a lot of force, Clay Matthews' very normal-looking third quarter takedown of Alex Smith was ruled roughing the passer.

As a result, the Redskins got to stay on the field. And for the second week in a row, Matthews found himself at the center of a very controversial call.

"Unfortunately, this league is going in a direction that a lot of people don't like and I think they're getting soft," the veteran said after Washington's 31-17 win over Green Bay. "I've been playing this game for over 20 years and that's how you tackle."

Matthews has a point. In a sport that's concerned about dirty or dangerous collisions, this looks like a flawless hit:

But the roughing the passer flag was tossed not because of where Matthews hit Smith or when he hit him. The issue, in the eyes of the officials, is the way he finished the sequence.

"I had judged that the defender landed on the quarterback when he was tackling him with most or all of his body weight and that's not allowed," referre Craig Wrolstad said following the contest. "That was basically my key, that he landed on him with most or all of his body weight."

The person on the not-so-fun end of the exchange had no problem with it, though.

"It's tough," Smith said during his time at the FedEx Field podium. "I'm glad I don't play defense... I felt like he’s playing football. He’s played a long time. He hit me right in the strike zone."

Smith wasn't the only 'Skin to speak out in support of Matthews, either.

"What else do you want the man to do?" Josh Norman (who actually has the same agent as Matthews) asked reporters in the home locker room. "Like, seriously, what else do you want the man to do? "

"When I saw it, there was no malicious, ill intent," Norman continued. "I understand the rules of the situation, but at the same time, it sucks being a defender now. They hit your pockets and then they hit you for a penalty."

The NFL is clearly trying to make itself safer, which is both smart and necessary. But its approach in how its doing so has been confusing in a few critical areas, and this part of roughing the passer enforcement has temporarily surpassed the catch rule and the helmet rule as the most muddled of them all.

After all, when the QB and other opponents have no complaints about a tackle but the refs and the wording of the rule do, there's a disconnect. One that should be addressed.

"I think there's some gray area here with this that needs to be ironed out," Smith observed.  

For a signal caller who was accurate for much of the afternoon, that statement might've been the most on-point part of his day.

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Trent Williams to undergo 'minor' surgery, expected to play in Week 5

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Trent Williams to undergo 'minor' surgery, expected to play in Week 5

Following an offseason procedure on his right knee, Trent Williams looked back and better than ever during Redskins' OTAs prior to the start of this season. However, we have now learned that Williams' knee has been bothering him despite the successful offseason surgery.

According to ABC 7's Erin Hawksworth, Trent Williams will be undergoing a 'minor procedure' on his right knee Monday.

The procedure is believed to be a 'clean up,' to ensure Williams' knee has held up post-surgery.

With Week 4 being an early bye-week for the Redskins, Williams has a little extra time to recover before his anticipated return during Week 5 vs. the New Orleans Saints.

The 30-year-old is in his ninth season with the Redskins and has been selected to the Pro Bowl six times. 

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