For the final week of the 2010 season, the Skins will be facing a familiar opponent. The New York Giants are a division rival that we see twice a season, with mixed results. And while it would be nice to end a 6-9 season with a win against an NFC East team, the odds are definitely stacked against us.
For starters, we don’t have many—players, that is. Donovan McNabb remains relegated to third in line. Grossman will get the majority of the snaps under center, although if Shanahan truly intends to see what his quarterbacks are made of, we might see some action from John Beck. Yes, John Beck, the fourth season quarterback, who has played in 5 games and fumbled 7 times.
While decisions for Orakpo, Rogers, and Macho Harris will have to wait until later in the week, we know that all of the following are out with injury: Ma’ake Kemoeatu, Philip Daniels, Kareem Moore, LaRon Landry, Clinton Portis. And of course, Albert Haynesworth remains on suspension.
I’d run through the list of players who will actually be in the game, but I don’t know any of them. We’re scrambling to grab these kids from the practice squad—and not just our own. We’ve started raiding other teams now, like the deal we made for Reggie Jones, a cornerback we picked up from the Saints’ practice squad to replace Kareem Moore.
And the Giants aren’t going to make it easy on us. Eli Manning had a rough week against the Packers, getting intercepted 4 times against Green Bay’s defense. And rumors are swirling that Coughlin’s job isn’t entirely secure. Unfortunately, none of that helps us. It only makes this team come to DC with a chip on its shoulder.
We might stand a chance if we can blitz Manning and get him rattled. Then if we can stuff the run and force him to throw, DeAngelo Hall will have his chance to prove that he earned that ProBowl berth.
We also need to capitalize on our home field advantage. FedEx field is the league’s premiere stadium. Fans need to get out there and make some noise. Force a false start, and keep the Giants’ offense discombobulated.
Most importantly, forget about everything else that’s happened this season. And remember that a win is a win. It’s all about the game—for players and fans alike. So let’s get out there on Sunday and bring home a Redskins victory.