In their second meeting of the season, Eli Manning and the NY Giants travel to FedEx Field in Maryland to take on the Washington Redskins led by the rookie phenom Robert Griffin III (8.40pm ET Monday).
When the teams met earlier this year, the Giants just edged out Washington by a final of 27-23 at MetLife Stadium in New York. The sportsbooks’ spread favoring New York by three points suggests they expect a similar result in this Monday night match-up.
It was toward the end of October that Washington and New York met for their first of two regular season meetings. With both teams playing at a strong level, the game was deadlocked at 13 apiece entering the half. After the Giants took an early fourth quarter lead, the Redskins, led by Griffin, mounted a comeback. With just over a minute and a half remaining, Washington actually took a 23-20 lead.
Looking like the Redskins would take the game, the younger of the Manning brothers lived up to the family name as he put together a two minute drive in about twenty seconds to give the Giants the lead. The 77-yard touchdown pass to Victor Cruz sealed the deal for the Giants to get their third win in a row. The Redskins meanwhile fell to 3-4 with the loss.
Entering into the rematch, both Washington and New York are actually on just about equal ground in terms of how the teams have played as of late. Behind the masterful rookie season of Griffin, the Redskins have won their last two games against division rivals the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys. The Giants are coming off a dominant performance themselves, easily besting the Green Bay Packers by a score of 38-10.
The best for the Giants in that game was that their pass rush was spot on and for the first time since about week seven was actually a factor. Against Griffin, who leads the league’s best rushing attack, this pass rush will have to be dominant once again. On top of this, Manning will have to put on the performance like he did against Green Bay and not what he had done the previous two weeks in losses to Pittsburgh and Cincinnati.
(WAS) Robert Griffin III vs. (NYG) Eli Manning
Undoubtedly, this game will be won or lost based on the performance of the two quarterbacks taking the field. Both RG3 and Manning are having plus seasons, with Griffin especially shining in DC. With (PHI) Michael Vick and (DAL) Tony Romo struggling, Manning and Griffin are the two best signal callers in the NFC East. With Manning outdueling his younger opponent in their first meeting, he currently has the edge. That said, Griffin has put up monster numbers in each of the last four games and could easily dethrone the two-time Super Bowl Champion as 2012’s best NFC East quarterback.
Let’s look at the numbers, most importantly those that apply to this very rivalry.
Eli Manning, Redskin Killer
Sometimes there are certain teams that certain guys always beat. For Eli Manning, that team is the Washington Redskins.
In 2004, Manning began his rivalry against the Redskins with a 7-31 loss on the road. After crushing the Redskins by a score of 36-0 in his next outing, Eli lost against the Redskins toward the end of the season.
It wasn’t until Manning started to really get accustomed to the league however that his stats began to become inflated when playing the Redskins. Overall, he has eclipsed 200 yards passing in ten of the 16 games he has played against Washington. He has led the Giants to an 11-5 record against the team in that time as well.
It is worth noting however, that Washington has won two of the last three games against the Giants and that under Redskins’ coach Mike Shanahan, could be wise to Manning’s style and game plan.
Robert Griffin III, Rookie Sensation
- (CAR) 2011 Cam Newton: 16 GP, 310 CMP, 517 ATT, 60 CMP%, 4,051 YDS, 21 TD, 17 INT; 706 RUSH YDS, 14 TD
- (WAS) 2012 RG III: 11 GP, 205 CMP, 304 ATT, 67.4 CMP%, 2,497 YDS, 16 TD, 4 INT; 642 RUSH YDS, 6 TD
Last season, fellow rookies sensation and Heisman winner Cam Newton, delivered a phenomenal rookie season for the ages. He was easily awarded the rookie of the year honors.
This year, Griffin is on pace to match Newton’s numbers and is doing so with a completely different style of play. Sure, both have excellent running abilities but unlike Newton, Griffin is not a run first quarterback. Rather he is a quarterback who can run yet who is very comfortable in the pocket as well. This is what scares other teams, including the tough front four of the Giants.
The toughest thing for the Giants will be when it comes to putting pressure on the young rookie. He has shown a veteran presence in these situations which is evident by his 4:1 TD to INT ratio. In the teams’ first meeting, the Giants did get to Griffin for three sacks for a loss of 26 yards. In fact, Griffin has not always avoided the sack this year, having three games in which he was sacked three or more times.
Giants at Redskins Betting Picks
This will be the first time all season that a team actually gets a second shot at besting the premier rookie quarterback of the year. It will be interesting to see if the Giants can fix the mistakes they made last time. It will also be interesting however, to see just exactly what Griffin can do now that has his big play receiver Pierre Garcon back and healthy.
The Giants are road favorites to take this game by just three points. While their offense is respectable and their defense, as good as they come, it would be tough to bet against the Giants. That said, RG III has only gotten better as the weeks have gone on.
- Take the Redskins +3pts to cover the spread @ -110 with Bovada or -115 with BetOnline.
- Also, with Washington putting huge numbers as of late, don’t be afraid to take the over on the total points at 50.5pts @ odds of -110 with BetOnline. It is over 51pts with Bovada.
- NOTE to Non-Americans: Place these bets with Bet365.