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Monday Night Football: Three Things to Know About the Giants vs. Redskins Matchup

12/3/12 in NFL   |   GeorgeMon   |   159 respect

Tonight’s Week 13 Monday Night football matchup between the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants may be the biggest Monday game of the season. The matchup is ripe with playoff implications as the NFC East and, at least, one wild card spot are still wide open. The game itself, without even factoring in the post-season storylines, is poised to be a wildly engaging affair between two superstar quarterbacks that play an exciting brand of football.
The last time these two teams met, during Week 7, the game came down to the final seconds and featured two come from behind touchdowns within the last four minutes of the game. Let’s take a second and go over the three most important things to know heading into tonight’s game.

Nov 22, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) hands the ball off to running back Alfred Morris (46) during the game against the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Washington could pull within one game of the NFC East lead with a win against the Giants.

NFC East Division Lead:
The NFC East isn’t the open and shut affair it was just three weeks ago. The Giants went on a two game losing streak, which, has since, opened the door for both the Cowboys and Redskins to make a late season run. New York is currently sitting on a 7-4 record, and a two game lead over Washington for the NFC East division lead, but faces a particularly brutal schedule to end the season.
The Giants play Washington, New Orleans, Atlanta, Baltimore and Philadelphia to end the season and could, conceivably, end the year with a 9-7 or 10-6 record, which might not be good enough to win the division.
Washington’s Schedule:
The Redskins essential hold their fate in their own hands. If they can win their last five games of the season, and assuming the Giants lose two more games, which is extremely plausible considering their schedule, the ‘Skins would end the year with a 10-6 record and tied with New York for the division lead. If such a scenario were to play out, Washington would win the division based on the tie-breaker situation, as they would have a better division record than the Giants.
Washington plays New York, Baltimore, Cleveland, Philadelphia and Dallas to end the season. While winning their last five games of the season seems like a daunting task, it would not be shocking at all to see Washington pull it off. Philadelphia, Cleveland and Dallas are all erratic teams that do not show up for games at a time. The real challenge for Washington will be the next two weeks and getting victories over the Giants and Ravens.
NFC Wild Card Spot:
The NFC wild card could potential end up in a mess as well. There is a very likely chance that we could have three, or even four, 10-6 teams to end the season. Chicago, Seattle, Tampa Bay and the Giants are all teams that will probably end up with a 10-6 record. So, the Giants, who will most certainly lose two more games before the season is over, could end up the odd-man out in the still confusing NFC playoff picture. The best route would be for New York to beat Washington on Monday and, effectively, end their season.
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