Redskins-giants Today

November 14, 1993|By Vito Stellino

Site: Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.

Time: 1 p.m.

TV: Channels 11, 9

Radio: WBAL (1090 AM), WTEM (570 AM)

Line: Giants by 8

Last week: The Redskins beat the Colts, 30-24, and the Giants lost to the Dallas Cowboys, 31-9.

Last meeting: The Giants dealt the Redskins their worst home loss in 45 years last month, 41-7. Lewis Tillman rushed for 104 yards and the Giants scored touchdowns on all four of their first-half possessions.

The series: The Giants hold a 68-50-3 regular-season edge in this series, which dates to 1932 when the Redskins were in Boston. Each team has dominated the series at various times. The Giants were 12-0-1 against the Redskins from 1958-64 and 0-11 against the Redskins from 1971-76.

On the sidelines: Richie Petitbon is 2-6 in his first season as Redskins coach. Dan Reeves is 5-3 in his first season as Giants coach, but is 122-82-1 overall, including his 12 seasons in Denver.

What the Redskins have to do to win: Get a good game from quarterback Mark Rypien, who still hasn't found a groove since coming back from his knee injury. The Redskins have a running threat in rookie Reggie Brooks, but need consistent quarterbacking to go with him. Rypien was pulled for a series last week, a sign that Petitbon is losing patience with him. If he wants to stay in the lineup, he's got to find his form today.

What the Giants have to do to win: Blow the Redskins off the ball the way they did in the first game. There was nothing fancy about the Giants' victory Oct. 10. Their offensive line manhandled the Redskins' defensive line. The Giants ran 47 times for 199 yards and had a 36:37-23:23 edge in time of possession. Phil Simms threw only 17 passes, completing 14. If the Giants win the battle in the trenches again, they'll dominate the game.

Injury report: Redskins: T Ed Simmons (knee) is out. DE Shane Collins (foot) is doubtful. DE Charles Mann (knee), S Danny Copeland (neck) are questionable. CB-S Johnny Thomas (ankle), Kurt Gouveia (ankle), T Moe Elewonibi (knee), C Jeff Bostic (knee), C Guy Bingham (knee) are probable. Giants: CB Phillippi Sparks (foot) is out. LB Lawrence Taylor (hamstring), CB Mark Collins (back) are doubtful. QB Kent Graham (thumb), RB Rodney Hampton (knee-ankle), DE Michael Strahan (foot) are questionable.

Outlook: The Giants seemed to be the much better team in the first meeting when they were in the midst of a 5-1 start. But they've lost two straight and have to prove the fast start wasn't a mirage. With the home-field edge, they figure to do just that.

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