Redskins Vs. Giants Today

September 18, 1994|By Vito Stellino

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

Time: 4 p.m.

TV/Radio: Chs. 45, 5/WBAL (1090 AM), WTEM (570 AM)

Line: Giants by 7

Last week: The Redskins beat the New Orleans Saints, 38-24, and the Giants beat the Arizona Cardinals, 20-17.

Last meeting: The Giants beat the Redskins, 20-6, last November when Rodney Hampton, who won't play in this game, rushed 24 times for 78 yards.

The series: The Giants lead the series that dates to 1932, when the Redskins were in Boston, by a 69-50-3 margin and have won nine of the past 12.

On the sidelines: Norv Turner brings a 1-1 record into his first game at Giants Stadium as a head coach. Dan Reeves is 123-78-1 with the Broncos and Giants, the third-best record among active coaches.

What the Redskins have to do to win: They need John Friesz to play another error-free game the way he did last week, and they have to get to young quarterback Dave Brown the way they were in Jim Everett's face last week.

What the Giants have to do to win: With Hampton sidelined, the Giants need enough of a running game from David Meggett so the Redskins can't tee off on Brown all the time. When the Redskins do blitz, Brown needs to avoid it and get his passes off.

Matchup to watch: Meggett vs. the Redskins' defensive line. The Redskins were shredded by Seattle for 184 yards on the ground, but came back to shut down New Orleans with just 28 yards rushing. Meggett, filling in for Hampton, hopes to find the holes the way the Seahawks did.

Outlook: If Hampton had been able to play, this would have shaped up as an easy game for the Giants. Without Hampton, it's likely to be much tougher, but the Giants still appear to have the overall edge.

Stellino's pick: Giants 24, Redskins 7 -- Heath Shuler is becoming the world's highest-paid clipboard holder.

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