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Giants' inactives are as expected

December, 1, 2013
12/01/13
7:25
PM ET
LANDOVER, Md. -- No surprises on the New York Giants' list of inactive players for Sunday night's game against the Redskins here at FedEx Field. Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, running back Brandon Jacobs and cornerbacks Corey Webster and Trumaine McBride were all ruled out Friday, quarterback Ryan Nassib is always inactive and the other two are backup offensive lineman Stephen Goodin and tight end Adrien Robinson, who's been inactive all year.

Jayron Hosley starts at the left cornerback spot that used to be Webster's and has been McBride's in recent weeks. Mathias Kiwanuka starts at right defensive end in place of Pierre-Paul, though you can probably look for rookie Damontre Moore to get into the mix at defensive end at some point. And with centers David Baas and Jim Cordle both on injured reserve and out for the season, Kevin Boothe will start at center while James Brewer replaces Boothe at left guard. Peyton Hillis, inactive the past two weeks, will replace Jacobs as the backup running back when starter Andre Brown needs a break.

The issues in the secondary, where the Giants' only healthy cornerbacks are Hosley, Prince Amukamara, Terrell Thomas and raw rookie Charles James, could be helped by the injury issues the Redskins are having on offense. Dynamic rookie tight end Jordan Reed, who missed last week's game with a concussion, was initially expected to play tonight but was ruled inactive after experiencing a pregame headache. And fullback Darrel Young, an unsung key to the running game and the success of Alfred Morris, is also inactive due to a hamstring injury. Evan Royster is listed as the starter at fullback in Young's place, but that likely means the Redskins will change some things about the way they call plays in the run game.

Reed is the No. 2 target of quarterback Robert Griffin III in the passing game, and his absence means the Giants should be able to commit extra attention to top wideout Pierre Garcon due to the lack of scary options behind him.

Much more as the night progresses here at FedEx Field.

W2W4: Giants at Redskins

December, 1, 2013
12/01/13
11:00
AM ET
The NFL had higher hopes for this week's New York Giants-Washington Redskins game when it scheduled it for the Week 13 Sunday night time slot. Hasn't worked out. The Giants limp in with a 4-7 record to take on the 3-8 Redskins, who come off a short week and a miserable beating at the hands of the 49ers. Here are a couple of things to watch for in tonight's 8:30 pm ET game at FedEx field in Landover, Md.

Andre Brown and more Andre Brown: A struggling Redskins run defense lost defensive end Stephen Bowen to injury this year and should have a hard time against the Giants' drastically improved run game. With Brandon Jacobs out due to a knee injury, the less fearsome Peyton Hillis will serve as Brown's backup, which makes the Giants less potent in short-yardage situations. But they still ought to be able to dictate the flow of the game on offense behind Brown. Expect the Giants to run to set up the pass and to lean hard on Brown on early downs.

Who covers whom? Wide receiver Pierre Garcon is the No. 1 threat in the Redskins' passing game, and he lit up the Giants for 106 yards and a touchdown on eight catches last year in a Week 13 game in Landover. After Garcon, the No. 2 target for quarterback Robert Griffin III is dynamic rookie tight end Jordan Reed, but he missed last week's game with a concussion and is questionable for this one. If Reed does play, the Giants will have to be creative in coverage against him and Garcon, since they're down to only four healthy cornerbacks, two of whom (Jayron Hosley and Charles James) have played minimally this season. The Giants fear the Redskins' rushing attack most of all, so the safeties are likely to be helping in run support. Guys like Prince Amukamara and Terrell Thomas will have to win their one-on-one battles in the secondary.

Is this the week for Eli Manning? This question shows up in W2W4 every week, it seems, as the Giants' quarterback is suffering through his worst season since his rookie season. The Giants threw for just 154 yards last week against the Cowboys' league-worst passing defense, but Washington's 271 passing yards allowed per game represent the sixth-highest total in the league, so this is another opportunity to get untracked. The likely return of wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, who was inactive last week after missing practice due to an abdominal injury, should help with Manning's opportunity.

Pressuring RG III: Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul will miss tonight's game with a shoulder injury, which weakens the Giants' pass rush. The 49ers showed on Monday that the way to disrupt Robert Griffin III and the Washington offense is to get into the backfield right away and keep Griffin surrounded so as to limit his options. Can an untested rookie defensive end such as Damontre Moore handle the complexities of stopping the read-option? Can veteran defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins function as an end if asked to do the same? The extent to which the Giants can replace Pierre-Paul on the side opposite Justin Tuck is something to watch in this game.
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The news of the day: The Giants had a Thanksgiving Day practice and released an injury report that looked a lot like Wednesday's. Running back Brandon Jacobs (knee), cornerback Trumaine McBride (groin) and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder) did not practice. Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (abdomen), cornerback Corey Webster (ankle) and cornerback Terrell Thomas (knee) were listed as limited participants. The only change is Thomas, who was limited after not practicing Wednesday. But Pierre-Paul is the interesting one, because Giants coach Tom Coughlin made it clear earlier this week that he expects the shoulder injury suffered in Week 10 to bother Pierre-Paul all season. Pierre-Paul was on the field for fewer than half of the defensive snaps Sunday against the Cowboys. My sense is that there will be some weeks in which he can do more and some in which he can do less, but that he's probably not going to do a lot of practicing from here on out.

Behind enemy lines: John Keim thinks a big part of the reason for the Redskins' offensive struggles Monday was the absence of tight end Jordan Reed, who sat out with a concussion. But Reed says he's definitely playing Sunday night, and if he's right, that means the Redskins will be a healthier unit than the one we all watched look so inept against the 49ers.

Around the division: Down 21-14 to the Raiders at halftime Thursday afternoon, the Cowboys stuck with the run game and the short passing game and played a patient second half in which they dominated time of possession and Tony Romo didn't throw an incomplete pass. I was impressed. The Eagles now have to beat the red-hot Cardinals on Sunday to keep pace atop the NFC East.

Around the league: Remember when we were talking about this Sunday's Bengals-Chargers game as the potential replacement if they decided to flex Giants-Redskins out of prime time? Turns out it'll be the first local blackout game of the year.

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