Total recall: Giant '05 rout

36-0 loss to NFC East rival New York still fresh in the minds of some Redskins players

October 08, 2006|By Don Markus | Don Markus,Sun Reporter

ASHBURN, Va. -- The Washington Redskins have selective memories when it comes to last season's trip to Giants Stadium.

Some, like left guard Randy Thomas and quarterback Mark Brunell, can replay every disaster that the team encountered en route to an embarrassing 36-0 defeat.

Redskins@Giants Today, 1 p.m., chs. 45, 5, 1430 AM Line: Giants by 4 1/2

Keys to the Game

Manning on his way, but is he there yet?

Eli Manning, the Giants' third-year quarterback, is still prone to mistakes. He threw three interceptions against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 3 and has five for the season. But, against a Redskins secondary that is still giving up big plays, Manning could be dangerous.

Sad sacks

The Redskins are finally showing some signs of a decent pass rush (four sacks last week; seven overall), while the Giants are last in the league with two. Michael Strahan, the NFL's active sack leader, has yet to record one this season, and former Redskin LaVar Arrington has yet to get close to an opposing quarterback. If Mark Brunell is given time, as he was the past two weeks, the Giants might be in trouble.

Run or pass?

Both teams have quality lead backs in New York's Tiki Barber and Washington's Clinton Portis, but both teams are much better defending the run (Redskins fifth, allowing 79.2 yards per game, Giants 12th at 89.3) than they are the pass (Redskins 26th at 231.8, Giants 29th at 281). It might be tempting for Tom Coughlin and Joe Gibbs to get away from the running game, but whoever establishes their running game first will be able to attack through the air sooner. Barber rushed for 206 yards against the Redskins at home last year.

[Don Markus]

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