There are reasons other than the season ending loss of DE Osi Umenyiora to be concerned about the Giants in week 1 against the Washington Redskins.
Here’s a few:
1)The Redskins finished last season strong
2)The G-men lost most of their home games last year
3)The Redskins defeated the Giants at home last year
4)The Giants no longer enjoy the services of talented veteran safety Gibril Wilson in their defensive backfield.
5)The Redskins defense found their groove late last season, and now boast a secondary that is one of the NFL’s best.
All that being said, I’m picking New York to cover for a reason that most analysts aren’t discussing. Is anyone REALLY confident that Jason Campbell is the Redskins’ best quarterback? I think it more than coincidence that last year’s victory at the Meadowlands occurred with Todd Collins at the QB helm, with Campbell injured. Not only was the ‘Skins offense more consistent last season with Collins, but now Campbell has to work out the kinks of Jim Zorn’s new offensive system on the road against a divisional foe, with Jason Tuck bearing down on him.
Also, let’s not forget that Eli Manning and the Giants offense have made great strides since that 22-10 loss to the ‘Skins in 2007. Manning has learned how to make good use of several new offensive weapons since then. Young excellent 3rd down safety valves Steve Smith and Kevin Boss weren’t yet important cogs in the Giants’ attack, as Smith suffered from injury and Boss started the game second on the depth chart to the since departed Jeremy Shockey
Besides, it ain’t easy to pick against a Superbowl champ with a chip on their shoulder….in a revenge game at home….against a divisional foe. I think the G-men will be sufficiently motivated.
The Pick: Giants -4