This week is Week 12 of the NFL season. It is also Thanksgiving week, meaning six teams play on Thursday. One of those six is the New York Giants. With more injuries mounting and a divisional foe on the docket, one may think the Giants would benefit from as much prep time as possible. On the contrary, they will surely benefit from this short week.
New York has a ton of momentum coming off its best defensive game of the season: a 12-9 win against the AFC West-leading Kansas City Chiefs. The secondary was in its proper positioning, the team tackled well, guys made plays on the ball, and the front four wasn’t swallowed up. Coming off a horrid game that necessitated a team meeting and players-only meeting the same week, this was a building block-type outing.
Too many days of practice between that and the next game could lead to players resorting back to bad habits. The immediacy of another contest requires New York to go ahead with its same game plan as Week 11, albeit tweaked for the opponent. And fortunately, that opponent is even more banged up than the Giants are.
The Washington Redskins are coming off of a debilitating loss to the New Orleans Saints that saw them lose a 15-point lead in the final five minutes of the game. Not only that, the Skins also lost their best offensive weapon, running back Chris Thompson, for the remainder of the season. Jordan Reed is endlessly questionable and is likely to miss this contest as well.
The Giants always have issues at linebacker and along the offensive line thanks to ineffectiveness and injury. They catch another break with this short week. The Redskins are more hampered along both units than New York. Mason Foster, Will Compton, and Zach Brown are all either out or unlikely to play. Trent Williams and nearly the entire offensive missed practices last week. T.J. Clemmings was placed on IR. Though Williams suited up on Sunday, his knee injury still requires checking in week-to-week. It’s been a rough season for the NY line and linebackers, but it isn’t all sunny in Washington either.
Taking pleasure in another team’s misfortune is pretty low, but this is simply the benefit of a short week. It is harder to get injured players ready to roll with just three off days between kickoffs. That, plus the momentum of the defense playing all-out in Week 11, gives the Giants a bump they sorely need at this late stage in the season.
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