As the Washington Redskins prepare for their second contest of the season against the New York Giants, here are a few things that we know about the Giants going into the game:
Focused on Discipline
The Giants have committed only 48 penalties this season, second fewest in the NFL, and have the best turnover ratio (plus-13) in the NFC. Good teams don't commit dumb penalties and they consistently take care of the ball. Although the Redskins have the fewest giveaways (10) in the NFC, no team has committed more penalties than Washington. The Redskins have tallied 402 more penalty yards than the Giants.
Giants' running back Ahmad Bradshaw seldom practices and is limited sometimes in games due to a nagging foot injury. At times, his questionable health places more emphasis on having a backup in place to carry the load. All season long, Andre Brown has performed well in that role and has been a solid option near the goal line. In his only start, Brown ran for two touchdowns and 113 yards against the Carolina Panthers. As Bradshaw's backup, he has scored a touchdown in five consecutive games. But on Sunday, Brown suffered a season-ending leg injury. Now the Giants will rely on rookie David Wilson, who has been prone to fumble, or recently acquired running backs Kregg Lumpkin and Ryan Torain.
Getting Back on Track
After getting off to a slow start, the Giants are beginning to pressure opposing quarterbacks like they did during their two Super Bowl runs. In three of their last four games, the Giants have had four sacks or more. New York is tied for fifth in the league with 30 sacks, led by Jason Pierre-Paul's team high 6.5. Last week, Osi Umenyiora had a strip-sack of Green Bay Packers' quarterback Aaron Rodgers, something he has done throughout his career. New York's offensive line also has been good, allowing an NFL-low 14 sacks this season.
Benefitting from the Bye
After dropping two straight, including a 31-13 embarrassing loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, the Giants stumbled into their bye week and faced one of the toughest remaining schedules in the league. But the Giants rebounded with a dominant 38-10 win over the Packers. Eli Manning passed for 249 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions, after going three weeks without throwing a touchdown. The often-injured wide receiver Hakeem Nicks also looked rejuvenated, as he caught his first touchdown since Sept. 16