The Washington Redskins will host the New York Giants in the feature game on Sunday night in Week 13 with both teams playing for their divisional pride.
The two combatants were forced to sit back idly and watch the Dallas Cowboys victory on Thursday night to ensure that it was more than just over indulgence on Thanksgiving that left a bitter taste in their mouths. To make matters worse, the Philadelphia Eagles held on to clip the Arizona Cardinals in a close game by 24-21 to extend their winning streak to four games and grasp the divisional momentum whilst tying for the lead at 7-5.
Now some three and four games behind the leaders respectively, the Giants (4-7) and the ‘Skins (3-8) will do battle with little more than avoiding the NFC East wooden spoon to play for.
The G-Men will be without play-making defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul as a shoulder injury has ruled him out of the first game of his professional career. Though his production has increased as of late after a notable slow start to the season, ‘JPP’ has been walking wounded from Week 1 and after bending for most of the season it seems that he has finally broke; it would appear that his belated offseason surgery will be coming sooner than his team had hoped with a playoff run now highly improbable.
Quarterback Eli Manning faces an opposition pass defense that ranks in the bottom-ten in the NFL for the sixth straight game this evening. Manning continues to spurn the opportunities as quickly as they keep coming; having stuttered and stalled for the most-part during the Giants four-game winning streak, Manning floundered against the Cowboys defense that ranked dead-last against the pass in Week 12. Hakeem Nicks is set to return after missing his first game to the season in that pivotal matchup with the Cowboys. The Giants most experience receiver has what is likely to be five games remaining on his current contract in the Big Apple and will be looking to highlight his noticeable absence from last week with a big performance.
Mike Shanahan‘s Redskins have won just once in their previous five games and are without a divisional win in three attempts in 2013 as they continue to suffer from the hangover of last season’s playoff run.
Thanks to the improving Cowboys and Eagles as of late, the W in this contest for whomever it belongs will be too little, too late.