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The pressure is on for the New York Giants. After last week’s thrilling victory over the Dallas Cowboys, the Giants face the Washington Redskins at home. In the season opener, New York stumbled out of the gate against Washington, losing 28-14. A repeat performance won’t cut it this close to playoff time. The Cowboys are neck-and-neck with the G-men, heaping on more pressure by beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last night.
The Giants played a thriller last week in Dallas, but they had better not come out drained. All of the residual emotions from the last-second victory could be hanging around this week, and things could get very ugly very soon. Manning has never been the most accurate QB, and the running game tends to fumble. Turnovers and sloppy play will doom the G-men early.
Ahmad Bradshaw was once a dominating force, helping to balance out the Giants offense. In 2011, the running game has been nowhere to be found. If the Giants want to get past the NFC East rival Redskins, much less succeed in the postseason, Bradshaw has to start putting up numbers.
That said, I think this game will be an easy victory for the Giants. They thrive under pressure, and what was once a potentially meaningless game when the schedule came out, has now become extremely important. Expect Manning to buckle down and rack up a few TDs early to put the game away.