The Redskins occupy the cellar in the NFC East, both with an 0-3 record and the approaching sense of turmoil overtaking the organization. So yeah, they could really use a win. 

This Sunday, Washington will travel to New York to take on the Giants and rookie quarterback Daniel Jones. The Giants are riding high after a high-scoring, last-minute win in Tampa last week, their first of the season. New York paid some high costs in that game, however, as star running back Saquon Barkley hurt his ankle and will be out at least a few weeks. 

National expectations were low for the Redskins and the Giants, but for this weekend and the first matchup of the season, oddsmakers actually expect a lot of scoring. That makes sense too, because so far this year, both teams have displayed terrible defense. 

Where is the opportunity for Washington? Let's find out:

  1. The Redskins have been terrible running the football so far this year. The team is averaging less than three yards per carry and less than 50 rush yards per game. But, the Giants are quite bad at defending the run. In their last two games, New York has given up at least 140 yards on the ground. Could this be the week the Redskins finally get their run game in gear? Jay Gruden has shown a persistent desire to establish the run early in games only to abandon it later. A healthy dose of Adrian Peterson early could lead to some big gains late in this game. 
  2. Injuries will be a major factor this week as Barkley will be out for New York but the Redskins will be without center Chase Roullier and tight end Jordan Reed. Pro Bowl right guard Brandon Scherff is also nursing an injury but is expected to play. The biggest question will be Redskins rookie WR Terry McLaurin, who has a touchdown catch in each of the season's first three games. McLaurin popped up on the injury report this week with a hamstring issue. If he misses the game, that's a major blow to the Washington offense. 
  3. Daniel Jones started his first-ever NFL game last week and put on a fantastic display. He completed 65 percent of his passes and threw for more than 350 yards while accounting for four touchdowns. He was sensational, but hold off on his Hall of Fame bust quite yet. The Redskins pass rush, bookended by Ryan Kerrigan and Montez Sweat, absolutely must get pressure on Jones. He's athletic and can move around, but crash the edges and Jones will have to get off-schedule. He had three fumbles last week and Washington needs to attack the Giants' passer's ball security issues. 
  4. Speaking of ball security, the Redskins have zero chance of winning if QB Case Keenum turns it over another five times this week. Keenum played relatively well in Weeks 1 and 2 but the wheels fell off in Week 3 against the Bears. Keenum sailed balls for interceptions and got sloppy with the ball for fumbles. He needs to finish Sunday's action in the Meadowlands with a clean sheet for Washington to get this win.

News & Notes

  • In the last 10 years the Redskins have gone 8-2 in Week 4. Make it 9-1?
  • This will be Landon Collins' first-ever chance to record a tackle against the Giants after playing for four seasons with the Giants. 
  • In seven career games against the Giants, Adrian Peterson 480 rush yards and averages 4.2 yards-per-carry with four touchdowns. 
  • Jordan Reed is undefeated against the Giants but has only played New York twice in seven NFL seasons. 

They said it

Redskins offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell asked about the development of rookie QB Dwayne Haskins:

"I see him as a confident player right now, so that’s the good thing. I know he’s not the starter the moment, but we prepare all of our guys. If they’re in that quarterback room, they’re preparing to play. [QB] Dwayne [Haskins] has been one snap away all season. Obviously, he’s gotten some reps this week. I told him earlier in the week, take advantage of preparing like you're going to play. It’s just another step in your process to be able to understand what it’s going to be like when you are the guy and I think he’s done  a good job doing that. But absolutely, I think from day one when we got him in here, we’re trying not to miss very many details when it comes to his development. It’s very, very important."