NFL Week 7 Featured Game
Storylines: NFC East divisional games are always heated contests where seldom is victory a certainty for the favored team. Case in point was last season where a Rex Grossman led Redskins squad twice upset the eventual Super Bowl Champion Giants. This season Washington faces New York with one of the most potent weapons in the NFL, rookie Robert Griffin III, under center and seems poised to deliver the G-men their third divisional loss of the season. Can Giants corral RGIII or will the Osi Umeyiora lead defense kowtow to the rookie phenom?
- Eli Manning vs DC Jim Haslett-Washington enters Sunday’s game with the last ranked pass defense in the NFL and there is the perception that Manning should shredded the Redskins’ secondary. However, Eli has had minimal success against Haslett defenses. Although the quarterback is 4-2 in games he has started vs Haslett, Manning has completed only 59% of his passes, averaged under 226 ypg, with 5TD/6INTs…good for a 78.3 QB Rating. Additionally, Eli has only thrown one touchdown pass in his last four meetings against Haslett.
- Coughlin’s Giants vs. Redskins-Last season the Super Bowl Champion’s were embarrassed twice in losses to the Redskins. However, prior last season the Coughlin coached G-Men were 11-3 against Washington and the team has never lost the first matchup of the season when the game is played at the Meadowlands/MetLife Stadium (6-0).
- New York After a West Cost Game- Despite Coughlin’s dominance against Washington, New York is a sobering 1-5 in games the week after a West Coast trip. The offense has averaged only 17.2 ppg with opponents scoring an average of 5 more points in the same games. The team’s average margin of loss has been 7.2 points.
- The Victor Cruz Effect- It’s easy to forget that Manning didn’t have his greatest safety net at wide receiver, Victor Cruz, in the first matchup of these two teams last season and Cruz only racked up 44 yards in the second meeting. In games against divisional opponents when Cruz has 74+ yards receiving the Giants are 4-1 and the team is 7-4 overall in games where Cruz scores one or more touchdowns.
- Perry Fewell vs Mobile Quarterbacks- Thru six weeks of the NFL season, Robert Griffin III has impressed, leading the Redskins to the 5th ranked offense and 3rd in scoring, averaging nearly 30 ppg. That said since Perry Fewell took over as defensive coordinator, the Giants defense is only allowing 18.7 ppg against Michael Vick and Cam Newton (other mobile quarterbacks) and only surrendered more than 17 points once. As impressive as those numbers might be, New York is only 2-4 in those games and winless at home!
Keys to Victory: Amahad Bradshaw has been on tear over the last two weeks for the Giants, racking up 316 yards and averaging over 5.5 ypc. However, during the Coughlin era, New York has statistically relied on neither Bradshaw nor the rushing attack to defeat their divisional rivals. Defense and the turnover battle have been the keys to victory and which team that can capitalize on the other’s mistakes will be that much closer a positive outcome on Sunday.
Naturally, the Giants could use a break out performance from Manning against a Haslett defense. With Eli facing the league’s worst pass defense, pay close attention to whether or not Manning struggles early and how Victor Cruz fits into the gameplan. Given the fact that Fewell’s defenses have had success against mobile quarterbacks, if Manning is on this game could be over early. If not, then expect the Skins to have a fighting chance for victory in a closely contested affair that is decided in the 4th.
Note of the Week: Did anyone realize that David Carr was still in the league and currently the back up to Eli Manning?
Line: NYG -6, 51 o/u
Beerbecue’s Beer Recommendation
Our friend/guru on all things related to beer, Mr. Beerbecue provides his biased, informative, and entertaining recommendation for your football fix. Check out all of his illuminating beer reviews at beerbecue.com.
Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter (Frederick, MD….what!? It’s the DC Metro area!)
If you’re in the DC-area, you should get your grubby biscuit-snatchers on some Port City, DC Brau, 3 Stars, Mad Fox, or a collaboration project from soon to be up-and-running Blue Jacket. But if you’re a little farther flung you might have to find something else…like beers with scary psychotic artwork and Hunter S. Thompson quotes on the label.
Listen, I’ve been coddling you people for far too long. It’s Week 7 and time for a 9.2% ABV beast. It looks black, but up to the light you see it’s dark brown, with scarlet highlights. The khaki head is nice and creamy and almost stout-like. Its smell is somewhat reminiscent of a barrel-aged stout (though it’s not barrel-aged) with a little hop character. And the taste brings it with chocolate, coffee, cream, slight booze, almost a hint of oak and vanilla, and perhaps some cherry. It’s big, full-bodied, and warming. Get you some.
Washington Redskins Food Recommendations
Since DC is literally a melting pot of cultures and foods the possibilities of recommendations are endless. However, this week we’re going to offer up one of the more gluttonous manly BBQ creations I’ve ever scene in my life via Mr. Beerbecue and a recipe for the local favorite: Roasted Peruvian Chicken.
New York Giants Food Recommendations
Last year I took a lot of heat from my New York based in-laws about associating this Drunken Black and White Cookie Recipe with a New York team. Therefore I’m going the conservative route with a traditional recipe for Manhattan Clam Chowder and the “team supported route” of a recipe for Buffalo Mac-n-Cheese (because it’s served at Metlife Stadium people).
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