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With a trip to the playoffs on the line, the Washington Redskins host the New York Giants Jan. 1. PressBox football writers and radio personalities share their thoughts on the game.
The Giants have clinched a postseason spot and have really little to play for here, so it's hard to imagine quarterback Eli Manning playing much, hence the Redskins being favored by a touchdown, as of Dec. 29. Meanwhile, if the Redskins win, they make the playoffs, provided the Packers-Lions "Sunday Night Football" matchup doesn't end in a tie. In that unlikely scenario, the Packers would win the NFC North and the Lions would win the sixth and final NFC playoff spot, based on their 20-17 Week Seven win against the Redskins at Ford Field.
Redskins 27, Giants 10
If the Giants do what is expected and sit their best players, it would be shameful for the Redskins to lose this game. In a perfect scenario, they open a large lead and can pull some of their own guys late.
Redskins 34, Giants 10
While the Giants have already solidified a playoff spot, Washington is still fighting for its life in Week 17. The Giants have alluded to playing their starters, but for how long? Wideout Odell Beckham Jr. will be a problem for Washington's secondary, but if he's pulled, expect a quiet day from the Giants' passing attack. Washington wins but will have to watch the Detroit-Green Bay game closely to know its fate.
Redskins 28, Giants 20
With the Redskins having a chance at consecutive playoff appearances for the first time since 1991-92, this game was moved from 1 p.m. to 4:25. But this is the time of year when defense begins to make a difference for many teams, even against explosive offenses like Washington's. The Giants will have their hands full at first, but they should be able to make a few more big defensive plays to win and send the Redskins home for the winter.
Giants 30, Redskins 23
The Giants are locked into the fifth playoff spot with nothing to play for; the Redskins have a postseason spot still to secure. It'd be crazy for New York to trot out its starters or even care about the game. Division rivals be damned, Washington needs this game bad, and it will roll at home.
Redskins 34, Giants 19
Everything is on the line for the Redskins, and the only motivation for the Giants is to keep their division rivals out of the playoffs. The Redskins make the home fans happy.
Redskins 24, Giants 23