Predictions: Tough to beat that Giants jinx (and Eli)

Predictions: Tough to beat that Giants jinx (and Eli)
December 18, 2011, 11:39 am
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When the Redskins visit the New York Giants, the result is usually very predictable. So the CSN Washington Redskins coverage team takes on that easy task and predicts the result.Ryan OHalloran (10-3)Regardless of the stadium, the Meadowlands has been a rotten place for the Redskins to visit, having lost eight of their last 10 games there. Removing that from the equation, this will be a high-scoring game. The Giants cant run it (last) but can sure throw it (fourth) so its another tough assignment for the Redskins defense. Conversely, the Giants cant stop the run (22nd) or the pass (29th) so there will be opportunities for the Redskins offense to build upon their season-high yardage total last week against New England. But turnovers will be the difference the Giants will get a key one.Redskins 30, Giants 24Jennifer X. Williams (8-5)The Skins kicked off the season with a triumphant 28-14 victory at home over the G-Men on the anniversary of 911. A promising start after the Redskins woeful 2010 season that had been plagued with melodrama.Fast forward to week 15 and unfortunately, not much has changed for the Redskins.Brian Orakpo said earlier this week, 'We beat them the first time. We have the formula. We started out on a good note against them, and, hopefully, we can carry it over.' Well, at least the burgundy and gold sound confident.This time around, however, the Skins face an Eli Manning who has somewhat found his rhythm, completing 27 of 47 attempts for 400 yards in a comeback win in the 4th quarter over the 'Boys last week. (Disclaimer: The last sentence is no way an endorsement of Eli being a member of the elite club! Please see link above). And the tables have turned as it is the Giants, that now face an injury riddled Washington squad.Anyways, why focus on the negative? Keep an eye on rookie running back, Roy Helu, to see if he notches another 100 yard game. Last week versus the Patriots, Helu became the first 100-yard rusher against the Patriots this season. Yes, the Pats D awful, but with that 126-yard performance, Helu became the first Redskins rookie running back to rush for 100 yards in three consecutive games. Sadly, I dropped him off my fantasy roster in week 5, I'm obviously still mourning that loss.To wrap this up, after a little positivity, it's time for a dose of reality, gotta go with the G-Men.Giants 35 Redskins 24Rich Tandler (9-4)It is just hard to conjure up a scenario where the Redskins come into New Jersey and win. The last time they did it, in 2007 in Todd Collins first start at quarterback, almost seems like a fluke. Collins went 8 of 25 passing in the swirling winds at Giants Stadium but Eli Manning was worse. He went 18 for 53thats 35 incomplete passes. Still, the Redskins got out with a 22-10 win.Of course, few players from either team are still playing. One of them is Manning, who will be the difference in the game. Hes playing as well as anyone not named Aaron Rodgers. Manning wont put up huge numbers but he will do what has to be done in the fourth quarter to win this one.Giants 24, Redskins 17