The NFL approaches the season’s quarter mark beginning on Thursday night when the Washington Redskins (1-2) host the New York Giants (1-2).
Thursday’s matchup will be the 165th (including postseason) meeting between the NFC East foes. The Giants have won three of the past four games between the two teams and lead the all-time series 95-65-4.
After an 0-2 start to the season, the Giants secured their first win with a 30-17 victory over the Houston Texans behind running back RASHAD JENNINGS’ career-high 176 rushing yards and a touchdown. The Giants also received touchdowns from tight end DANIEL FELLS and wide receiver VICTOR CRUZ, who had five catches for 107 yards.
“I’m excited, it’s a benefit for our offense to play on Thursday night, because we’re going to go out there and we’re going to play up-tempo,” says Giants tackle JUSTIN PUGH on the team’s short turnaround this week. “We’ve got to go out there and go down to a hostile environment and win a divisional game.”
Heading into Thursday’s contest at Washington, New York quarterback ELI MANNING has won six of 10 regular-season starts against the Redskins at FedEx Field. In those 10 starts, Manning has 185 completions for 2,289 passing yards, the most of any active visiting player at FedEx Field since he entered the league in 2004. Manning’s 10 touchdown passes on the road against Washington rank second among active players, trailing only Dallas quarterback TONY ROMO (12).
Eli Manning at FedEx Field
PASSES RATING: 83.9
Meanwhile in Washington, the Redskins look to bounce back from a 37-34 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. In the loss, quarterback KIRK COUSINS passed for a career-high 427 yards and three touchdowns, including an 81-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver DE SEAN JACKSON.
Jackson now has 16 career touchdowns (11 receiving, three punt-return and two rushing) against NFC East opponents, tied for the most by any player since he entered the league in 2008 (AHMAD BRADSHAW, 16). Of his 16 career touchdowns against the NFC East, seven (four receiving, two punt-return and one rushing) have come against the Giants, also the most by any player since 2008.
DeSean Jackson against the NFC East
GIANTS: 94-64-4 (NYG won 3 of last 4)
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