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The offseason (what little there was) and preseason have not been kind to the New York Giants. First, they watched as their intra-division rival the Philadelphia Eagles were named the “Dream Team” of the 2011 season, and then it seemed as though half the team went down with injuries, including key defensive leaders. The Giants may be tested this week by the Washington Redskins in a matchup that can usually be marked as an automatic win for New York.
The Giants will kick off the season without Osi Umenyiora, Terrell Thomas and possibly Justin Tuck. So look for Jason Pierre-Paul and Aaron Ross to step up big time for Big Blue. The offense looks pretty solid with Eli Manning, Amhad Bradshaw and Hakeem Nicks teaming up to move the ball downfield.
The Giants sport 10 rookies on their roster for the 2011-2012 season. Four of those are linebackers. So, be sure to keep an eye out for the young guys who could become pivotal in the early part of the season as the Giants try to recover from the injury bug. Defense has always been key for New York so it’ll be interesting, to say the least, to see how the team functions without the many injured players. The Giants have won six straight against the Redskins so if this game gets out of hand, look for even more rookie action.
The Redskins also have a fairly young team, with many players entering their sophomore year. Rookie linebacker Ryan Kerrigan will likely get the start.
The game, being played on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, will feature two of the areas directly effected by the attacks. The Redskins organization has planned several programs to honor the victims and their families. Families, first-responders and players from both teams will unfurl an American flag large enough to cover the entire field during the National Anthem. General Colin Powell will also be in attendance.