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2019 Redskins Game Preview: Redskins/Giants, Week 4

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The Washington Redskins head to Metlife Stadium this Sunday to take on the New York Giants at 1 p.m. This weekend's matchup marks the third divisional game Washington has played four weeks into the season.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of the Week 4 showdown:

BROADCAST INFORMATION

WHEN: Sunday, Sep. 29th | 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: Metlife Stadium | East Rutherford, New Jersey

WATCH: FOX

  • Larry Michael (play-by-play)
  • Chris Cooley (color)
  • Rick "Doc" Walker (sideline)

STREAM:

  • Watch Online: Redskins.com (only available for fans in the Washington Metropolitan Area).
  • Listen Online: Redskins.com, Redskins app, Tune-In

You can also watch the game on NFL Game Pass.

GAMEDAY INFORMATION

Find out more about Sunday's contest by visiting, HERE.

TICKETING INFORMATION

You won't want to miss this NFC East clash! Be sure to purchase your tickets before it's too late.

ALL-TIME SERIES

  • Giants lead 101-69-4 overall, but are tied 1-1 with the Redskins in postseason play.
  • For the third consecutive season, Washington and New York split their two regular season matchups in 2018.
  • Behind a pair of touchdowns from Adrian Peterson, the Redskins won the first of those meetings, 20-13, in late October. The Giants then secured a 40-16 win on Dec. 9.

COACHING STAFF

Redskins:

  • HC Jay Gruden
  • OC Kevin O'Connell
  • DC Greg Manusky
  • STC Nate Kaczor

Giants:

  • HC Pat Shurmur
  • OC Mike Shula
  • DC James Bettcher
  • STC Thomas McGaughey

KEY NEW FACES

Redskins:

  • LB Jon Bostic / Montez Sweat / Cole Holcomb
  • S Landon Collins
  • OT Ereck Flowers / Donald Penn
  • QB Case Keenum / Dwayne Haskins
  • WR Terry McLaurin

Giants:

  • QB Daniel Jones
  • WR Golden Tate
  • S Antoine Bethea / Jabrill Peppers
  • CB DeAndre Baker
  • LB Markus Golden / Oshane Ximines / Ryan Connelly
  • DL Dexter Lawrence / Olsen Pierre
  • G Kevin Zeitler
  • OT Mike Remmers

OTHER SIGNIFICANT CHANGES

Redskins:

  • Following a summer-long quarterback battle, Case Keenum, in his first year with the Redskins, continues to hold down the starting job. Despite throwing three interceptions and losing two fumbles on Monday night against the Chicago Bears, head coach Jay Gruden plans on continuing to give Keenum the chance to succeed in this offense: "I have to give Case an opportunity playing with these new guys," Gruden said after the loss to the Bears.
  • After serving as the passing game coordinator in 2018, Kevin O'Connell was named the Redskins' offensive coordinator in January. Through the first three regular season games in his new position, O'Connell's unit has averaged 21 points and 336.3 yards per game.
  • In just three games, the Redskins 2019 rookie class has already made its presence felt on both sides of the ball. Wide receiver Terry McLaurin is the Redskins' leading receiver with 16 receptions for 257 yards, while linebacker Cole Holcomb is second on the team in total tackles (24) and cornerback Jimmy Moreland outside linebacker Montez Sweat are fifth with 16 each.

Giants:

  • With the trade of Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns in March, the Giants' wide receiving corps has been reshaped in 2019. Both Bennie Fowler and tight end Evan Engram are on pace to blow out their reception totals from 2018, while Sterling Shepard, who caught 66 balls last season, has moved into the role of the team's primary target. Golden Tate also expects to factor into this conversation after he returns from suspension in Week 5.
  • With the Giants struggling the first two weeks, head coach Pat Shurmur decided to make a change at quarterback, inserting rookie Daniel Jones over 16-year veteran Eli Manning. Jones had a strong debut, leading the Giants' comeback victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with 346 yards through the air and four total touchdowns.
  • Last Sunday, star running back and 2018 Rookie of the Year Saquon Barkley suffered a high ankle sprain and is expected to be out four to eight weeks. The matchup against Washington will be the first time the Giants have played without Barkley since drafting him second overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. In his absence, running back Wayne Gallman, who has played in a backup role since getting drafted by the team in 2017, will start Sunday.

STORYLINES/THINGS TO WATCH

  • Landon Collins facing off against his old team -- Up until the 2019 season, Landon Collins spent his previous four years as a member of the Giants. During his time with New York, Collins was a three-time Pro Bowler and 2016 first-team All Pro. Since his departure, Collins has said how he had this game circled on his calendar, anxiously waiting to face off against his old team.
  • Continued emergence of Terry McLaurin -- On Monday Night Football against the Chicago Bears, McLaurin became the first receiver in NFL history to have five or more receptions and a touchdown in each of his first three career games. Through three Weeks, McLaurin has showcased a little bit of everything -- speed, precise route running and the ability to make contested catches. Facing off against the worst pass defense in the NFL, McLaurin will once again look to be a focal point of the Redskins offense.
  • Putting together a complete game -- Through three games, the Redskins have shown spurts of greatness but have been unable to put together a complete 60 minutes. In their first two games, the Redskins struggled in the second half. Against the Bears, they woes occurred before halftime. Running back Adrian Peterson touched on the inconsistency: [If] we can just get it going for four quarters, we have a really good team.”
  • Getting off the field on third down -- Through three games, opposing offenses are converting on 63.4 percent of their third-down opportunities. Not getting off the field on third down has been a talking point all season long for Gruden and defensive coordinator Greg Manusky. A key Sunday will be to limit the Giants' success on first and second down, which will make it easier for the defense to get third-down stops.

INTRIGUING MATCHUPS

  • QB Daniel Jones vs Redskins defensive front -- In each of their first three games, the Redskins have faced off against a mobile quarterback able to make plays outside of the pocket. Jones showcased his ability to do the same against the Buccaneers by extending plays and rushing for two touchdowns. Containing Jones while limiting his plays outside of the pocket will be important for the Redskins defense. Last week against Tampa, Jones fumbled twice and has shown some issues with ball security. Mounting pressure early and often will be key to not letting the young quarterback get into a rhythm.
  • S Landon Collins vs. TE Evan Engram -- Teammates for two seasons, Landon Collins knows the explosiveness and speed of Giants tight end Evan Engram. A versatile safety, Collins plays all over the field in defensive coordinator Greg Manusky’s defense. With the suspension of Golden Tate, Engram has emerged as the Giants leading receiver. Expect Daniel Jones to look for Engram early and often.
  • Redskins running backs vs. Giants defense -- Last season at Metlife Stadium, Adrian Peterson gashed the Giants for 156 yards and two touchdowns, including a 64-yard score. Through three games, the Redskins running attack has struggled to generate any big plays. That, in turn, has prevented quarterback Case Keenum and the Redskins offense from having success in the play-action game. Meanwhile, Chris Thompson will look to build on his strong 79-yard receiving performance from Monday night against the Giants' depleted linebacker corps. 
  • OLB Ryan Kerrigan vs. OT Nate Solder -- In 16 career games against the Giants, outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan has registered 11.5 sacks. Last week against the Buccaneers, left tackle Nate Solder struggled against Buccaneers edge rusher Shaquile Barrett, giving up three sacks. Kerrigan will look to generate the same success Sunday and take rookie quarterback Daniel Jones out of his comfort zone. Expect the Giants offensive line to double team Kerrigan at times, knowing the threat he presents on the outside.

REGULAR SEASON STATS LEADERS

Redskins:

  • Passing — QB Case Keenum (933 yards)
  • Rushing — RB Adrian Peterson (62 yards)
  • Receiving — WR Terry McLaurin (257 yards)
  • Touchdowns — QB Case Keenum (7)
  • Tackles — S Landon Collins (26, 20 solo)
  • Sacks — LB Cassanova McKinzy, LB Ryan Kerrigan, DL Matt Ioannidis, CB Josh Norman, LB Montez Sweat (1)
  • Interceptions — S Montae Nicholson, CB Josh Norman (1)

Giants:

  • Passing — QB Eli Manning (556 yards)
  • Rushing — RB Saquon Barkley (237 yards)
  • Receiving — TE Evan Engram (277 yards)
  • Touchdowns — QB Daniel Jones (4)
  • Tackles — S Antoine Bethea (26,16 solo)
  • Sacks — OLB Markus Golden (3)
  • Interceptions — LB Ryan Connelly (1)

REGULAR SEASON TEAM STATS

Redskins:

  • Total offense — 22nd (336.3 YPG)
  • Scoring offense — T-19th (21.0 PPG)
  • Passing offense — 9th (288.3 YPG)
  • Sacks allowed — T-12th (6)
  • Running offense — 30th (48.0 YPG)
  • Third down offense — 23rd (32%)
  • Red zone offense — 60%
  • Total defense — 26th (402.7 YPG)
  • Scoring defense — T-30th (31.3 PPG)
  • Passing defense — 20th (260.7 YPG)
  • Sacks — T-23rd (5)
  • Running defense — 29th (142.0 YPG)
  • Third down defense — 32nd (63%)
  • Red zone defense — 70%
  • Time of possession — 30th (26:52)
  • Turnover differential — 27th (-3)

Giants:

  • Total offense — 7th (408.0 YPG)
  • Scoring offense — T-19th (21.0 PPG) 
  • Passing offense — 8th (290.7 YPG)
  • Sacks allowed — T-16th (7)
  • Running offense — 9th (117.3 YPG)
  • Third down offense — 24th (31%) 
  • Red zone offense — 66.6%
  • Total defense — 31st (460.3 YPG)
  • Scoring defense — T-30th (31.3 PPG)
  • Passing defense — 32nd (332.3 YPG)
  • Sacks — T-16th (7)
  • Running defense — 23rd (128.0 YPG)
  • Third down defense — T-15th (40%)
  • Red zone defense — 63.6%
  • Time of possession — 28th (27:17)
  • Turnover differential — 31st (-5)

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