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I was quite happy to see the Redskins win the coin toss in overtime last week. If they did not we most likely would have lost the game and been 1 and 3. Hail Joe Bugel. The old coach got his Dirtbag offensive line fired up. The Dirtbags allowed no sacks really control the line of scrimmage. When Mark Brunell has time he can still throw a ball to an all star receiver corp.


Santana Moss and fellow wideouts Brandon Lloyd, Antwaan Randle El, David Patten and James Thrash present a big challenge for a Giants secondary that will be heavily scrutinized this week. The unit fared poorly in its most recent outing, surrendering five Matt Hasselbeck touchdown passes in a 42-30 loss in Seattle on Sept. 24. The Giants’ pass defense ranks 29th in the NFL, allowing 281.0 yards per game.


In his six-year NFL career, Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss has scored three touchdowns in a game three times. Two of those games came against the Giants: one when he played for the Jets in 2003 and another last season in FedEx Field. The third occurred last week, when his 68-yard score beat the Jacksonville Jaguars in overtime.


The key to the Giants matchup is still containing Tiki Barber. For the 2005 season, he was the NFL's top yardage gainer from the line of scrimmage. This season Barber rushed for 51 and 64 yards against the Eagles and Seahawks, respectively. But a healthy Plaxico Burress, back from the back spasms that knocked him out of the second half in Seattle, should help open things up. But, all I can remember is Tiki Barber's 206 yards against us last season.


Then there is the Lavar factor. LB LaVar Arrington, who has yet to have a breakout game, would like nothing better than to have it against the Washington team that benched him for a couple of games last year. He left the Redskins on an acrimonious note, and has a heavy revenge factor in this one.


This is a game the Giants are hungry for. They could go 2-0 in the division. But besides that, two tough road games lie ahead in Atlanta and Dallas. A loss here could foretell a 1-5 mark. And with the team on the brink of dropping off the emotional table, the Giants probably would never recover from that.


REDSKINS vs. GIANTS SERIES HISTORY: 147th meeting. The Redskins have played the Giants every year since 1932 and are 60-82-4 in the regular season series. They are 1-1 in the postseason. With 148 meetings the Giants are the Redskins' most frequent rival. The series was split each of the last three years, with the home team winning their games the last two seasons. While last year's meeting in Giants Stadium was not the most important in terms of postseason ramifications, it proved one of the most emotional victories in the Giants franchise history. The 36-0 win on Oct. 30 came at the end of an emotionally wrenching week following the death of Giant team patriarch Wellington Mara. The defense dominated, allowing Washington just 125 total yards of offense and seven first downs.

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