Pregame: Washington Redskins

  • OUT
  • [WR] Victor Cruz (knee) // [DE] Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder) // [TE] Adrien Robinson (knee) // [OL] Brandon Mosley (hand)
  • QUESTIONABLE
  • [WR] Rueben Randle (knee) // [CB] Trumaine McBride (groin)

Despite insisting he would come back and play this year, it’s been official since Friday that Pierre-Paul’s season ended with 2 sacks in 11 games. There hasn’t been any reason to risk further injury, so it makes sense that he’s been held out. Robinson’s return to the inactive list after one week (actually, only one play, a kickoff) is unfortunate but also concerning, as that’s going to be a position the Giants will need to address in the off-season. Randle had his knee swell up on Thursday morning and will take the final week off, while McBride’s nagging groin injury should keep him sidelined unless he really, really wants to play.

On a rainy, meaningless day in MetLife Stadium, here are some things to watch for (if you’re watching at all):

— So far, the Giants have committed at least one turnover in every game this season. In most cases, the number has been a bit higher than that. I know that Coughlin wants to go out and win this game, but I don’t think anything could make him happier than going through a game without any giveaways. The weather certainly won’t make things any easier, and the fact that Cruz and Randle will probably both be sidelined sets up nicely for some mis-communication between Manning and his receivers. Smart money would bet on the G-Men keeping that streak alive and well.

— With the injuries at receiver, [WR] Hakeem Nicks will definitely be the go-to guy, and he’s still itching to get that first TD of the year. He again spoke this week about wanting to be back with the Giants next season, and even went so far as talking about spending extra time with Eli and the boys over the summer. He also said $$ won’t be as big of a concern for him as an organization’s “stability”. Is that good or bad for us? Really tough to guess. No matter what, we should all enjoy what may be our last look at Hakeem in a Giants uniform. He’ll have every opportunity to put on a show today.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

— [WR]s Jerrell Jernigan, Louis Murphy :: JJ will be in the “Cruz role” again, after getting some nice game tape down last week. He definitely gained some interest among the fans who so eagerly deemed him a bust before any real opportunity. We’ll see if he can string together another complete game and earn some future playing time. Murphy will line up outside if Randle sits, and he’ll have to really show something if there’s going to be any discussion about keeping him around. The so-called “vertical threat” has barely been able to get on the field, which might be attributed to the players ahead of him but it’s been a disaster whenever Murphy has gotten opportunities.

— [CB] Jayron Hosley :: For the first time ever, we saw Prince Amukamara roaming both sides of the field last week in order to shadow Calvin Johnson. I’m not sure that Pierre Garcon will get the same respect, but he’ll be a good test for our young corner regardless. Kirk Cousins doesn’t have a heck of a lot of game experience, so if the Giants get aggressive there will be opportunities for Hosley to make some plays.

— [DE] Damontre Moore :: Another young player who’s looking to make plays, and his snap count has had a nice bump in recent weeks. There’s no doubt that we want to get a good look at Moore, especially with Tuck’s impending free agency. We probably still won’t throw Damonster out there on early downs, but we’ve been sliding Tuck in at [DT] to get Moore pass rushing opportunities in appropriate down+distances. If there’s any good reason for Giants fans to cheer today, this kid getting sacks will receive the loudest approval.

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