I can’t believe I’m typing this, but I actually like Washington in this match-up. Thus far, they’ve been impressive defensively and have played adequately enough against better defenses. I’m not sold on Kirk Cousins as some others may be, but he’s better than RG3. Though, personally, I’d really like to see another Colt McCoy comeback. That game against Dallas last year was magical.
New York kept it close against an erroneous Dallas offense and a somewhat one-dimensional Atlanta team. If they can stop the crunch of a now-hot commodity in running back Matt Jones, they may be able to pull this one away. Of course, they may have been able to pull away from their last two games, too. But that didn’t happen. Another thing I feel New York needs to do is find someone outside of Odell Beckham as a reliable target. Victor Cruz is still out and Rueben Randle has been a non-factor in the first two games. If they can run the ball well, this won’t be as much of a problem. Washington’s defense has allowed a 4.5 yards per carry average against opposing running backs/whoever else is rushing the ball in the first two games, which puts them in the bottom 10 in that category.
A few other notable injuries:
- Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, so Prince Amukamara becomes New York’s only good cornerback.
- DeSean Jackson, so Washington has lost their speed advantage.
- Ereck Flowers (Doubtful), so New York loses a good piece of their offensive line.
I think it’ll be close, as New York has had a tendency to keep it close in their games this season. I feel they have a definite advantage at home, seeing as this is Washington’s first road game of the season, but my mind wants to pick Washington to win this game. The last time I didn’t listen to my mind I picked Indianapolis to beat New York (Jets). Look how that turned out.