Pre-Game report: Giants vs. Redskins

While Giants fans are still celebrating their team’s Super Bowl Title, fans in Washington have been waiting for 2008 since their Wild-Card exit to the Seahawks in early January.

To kickoff the 2008 season, the Redskins will travel to New York to face the defending Super Bowl Champion Giants. While the Giants still have not received the recognition they deserved after proving they were the best team in the 2007 NFL season, the team actually uses it for motivation. It just means they can shock the world (considering nobody believes in them) by having great success all over again. A great example has been shown by NY Giants Blog, explaining that Sports Illustrated has chosen several teams other than the Giants in their NFL preview Magazine. Another example is a poll from NFL.com. It asks what is the biggest story of the week, listing these options: Health of Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, Brett Favre’s Jets debut, Aaron Rodger’s Packers debut, or the Super Bowl Champion Giants kicking off their season. What do you think got the least amount of votes? Giants, of course. 9 %, with the Brett Favre option leading.

I am very interested to see how the Giants defensive line with the loss of Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyioira will do. As we all know, Justin Tuck spent a lot of time successfully filling in for Michael Strahan last year, so I have no worries there. Also, I don’t have too much worry with Mathias Kiwanuka filling in for Osi because he knows the position from college and his early days with the Giants. He was born a defensive end, making him a perfect fill-in for Umenyiora. I am curious to see how many times they can get to Jason Campbell, especially with the Giants missing out on the chance to face him at Giants Stadium last season due to his dislocated knee injury. However, he has completely recovered from that injury.

Keep in mind the Giants defense has only six of the starters remaining from last year’s Super Bowl team, but the offense has every single player back. That is amazing. Super Bowl teams that stay together work the best. I fully expect the offense to score at least 28 points in this game, simply because of how many weapons they have. Read on…

Plaxico Burress has been declared %100 percent and is not on the injury report like he was so often last season. It was sore earlier in Training Camp, but it healed verrrry quick. Look for him to have a big game since he can run freely with that ankle. The only worry that faces the Giants is the Redskins will probably double team him as usual, forcing Eli Manning to throw to Amani Toomer, who was very reliable last season. Also look for Brandon Jacobs to fearlessly waste his energy in this game by plowing over the pile. I know you may be thinking, “Why does he want him to waste his energy?” The answer to that is simply because the Giants have strongest set of backup running backs in the NFL with Ahmad Bradshaw, Derrick Ward, and Reuben Droughns. Ward and Bradshaw definitely are talented enough to be starters in the NFL right now.

I’ll have more injury information tomorrow, but for now, the only key injury that I’m going to mention is Jason Taylor of the Redskins. He appears to be a game-time decision, at least according to several sources. For more Giants coverage, check back for updates…

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