Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, September 25, the day the Washington Redskins host the Giants on Thursday night football.
Five questions about Redskins vs. Giants
—Who the heck is Rashad Jennings? The Giants’ running back is 29 years old and he was a seventh-round pick of the Jaguars out of Liberty in 2009. After four years as Maurice Jones-Drew’s backup he moved on to Oakland in 2013 and joined the Giants this year. The 176 yards he gained rushing against the Texans last Sunday are a career high; it was his fifth career 100-yard game in six years in the league. Jennings is a downhill runner and the Redskins will need to gang tackle him to keep him under control.
—Which Eli Manning will the Redskins see? Manning’s numbers were dreadful in the Giants’ season opening loss to the Lions and just a little better in Week 2 against the Cardinals. But the receivers didn’t help him much; Pro Football Focus charges New York pass catchers with eight drops and some Giants observers will tell you that there were many more in reality. Manning was good against the Texans, completing 75 percent of his passes and not throwing an interception after tossing two picks in each of the first two games. The Redskins should expect the “good” Eli tonight, especially if his pass catchers help him out.
—Can Kirk Cousins keep it up? The Redskins’ backup quarterback isn’t playing like your typical backup, certainly not after throwing for 427 yards in the loss to the Eagles. As opposing defensive coordinators get more game film of him and get a book on his tendencies he will have to adjust. We will see if Cousins and Jay Gruden can stay a step ahead of the opposition.
—Where’s Alfred Morris? It’s not like Morris has been invisible. He’s fourth in the NFL in rushing yards and attempts. But he doesn’t have a game with 25 carries or with 100 yards. Considering that the Redskins have been trailing by more than one score for less than four minutes of game time in their three games, it seems like Morris should have been used more.
—Who can play and who can’t? The Redskins’ final injury report lists nine players as questionable. Some of them, like DE Chris Baker and WR DeSean Jackson, seem likely to be ready to go. The status of others, like G Shawn Lauvao and DE Jason Hatcher, seems to be more problematic. Josh LeRibeus can be an adequate fill in for Lauvao but nobody on the roster can replicate Hatcher’s pass pressure from the defensive line. Who can go and, perhaps more importantly, how long they can play and how effective they can be, will go a long way towards determining who wins tonight.
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—Today’s schedule: Giants at Redskins 8:25 p.m.
—Days until: Monday night Seahawks @ Redskins 11; Redskins @ Cardinals 18; Monday night Redskins @ Cowboys 32
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