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4-6, 3rd in NFC East

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins have liked how Kirk cousins uses his feet more. He's become better at extending plays in the red zone, something they've wanted to see. Often, he ends up running but he connected with Jamison Crowder for a touchdown on a third-down scramble. Crowder worked to the open spot.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Before the holding penalty on the Redskins' first drive of the second half, they had success running the ball to the right side -- where their only two opening day starters remain. Look for more of that; with this line they must stay in a good down and distance in order to avoid heavy pressure.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins' run game needs to be a lot better in the second half. Samaje Perine has rushed five times for three yards. Part of the problem, no doubt, is the offensive line. But coach Jay Gruden felt earlier this week they could still have success. So far, though, that's been far from the case.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins are playing like a team on a short week with a depleted lineup. Their line can't generate any push in the ground game, which isn't surprising given three new starters. It's also been hard to protect quarterback Kirk Cousins. Defensively, they've done a solid job vs. a bad offense. There have been times the Redskins have several players on the field who were cut in training camp.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins has done a much better job the last two games of giving receiver Josh Doctson a chance to make plays. There have been times those passes have nearly been intercepted, but it's also resulted in multiple big plays. Cousins has shown a more aggressive mindset, something coaches have wanted to see on a consistent basis.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins' offense has done a good job in the screen game this season, but without running back Chris Thompson and left tackle Trent Williams it's hard to be as effective. However, right guard Brandon Scherff also excels in the open field so it allows them to at least run some screens.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins clearly anticipate a lot of short passes, which isn't surprising given New York's line issues. The defensive backs have been aggressive playing the horizontal passing game, without much threat of New York going downfield.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Running back Samaje Perine continues to have issues catching the ball. Coaches feel he has soft hands and should be better here. The bigger issue has been Perine turning his head upfield before he catches the ball.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Ryan Kerrigan now has eight sacks this season. This is probably one of his most consistent seasons in terms of applying pressure; it helps that the Redskins have rotated their outside linebackers to keep them fresh. It helps even more when the tackles can collapse the pocket.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins' injuries have made a dent on their special teams as well. Pete Robertson, who was just promoted from the practice squad, had a chance to make a big play but clearly didn't understand the rules on downing a punt and carried the ball into the end zone for a touchback.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins' starting defense included linebackers Zach Vigil and rookie Josh Harvey-Clemons (when they're in nickel). Vigil was signed last week; Harvey-Clemons has been inactive most of the season.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

It should help the Redskins' defense that Giants quarterback Eli Manning ranks 29th in the NFL in yards per pass attempt at 6.24 yards. The Redskins won't have speedy young safety Montae Nicholson available, but with a banged-up line and depleted receiving corps, New York will struggle to challenge Washington deep.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins will be without 60 percent of their original starting offensive line, their top tight end (Jordan Reed) and most dynamic running back (Chris Thompson). Even if the Redskins had finished the upset in New Orleans, they would be in trouble the rest of the season because of their health.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

It's not surprising that Trent Williams can't play Thursday. He's been dealing with knee issues since and it's been hard for him to play in a regular week. Ty Nsekhe will take his place.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins inactives: tackle Trent Williams, safety Montae Nicholson, tight end Jordan Reed, center Chase Roullier, linebacker Martrell Spaight, defensive lineman Caraun Reid and defensive lineman Terrell McClain.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

One concern for the Redskins with the defensive injuries: communication. Losing linebackers Mason Foster and Will Compton have hurt this area -- and coaches know it's shown up big-time in hurry-up or two-minute situations. It's a concern. They've lost more talented players, but they do miss both these players.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins must pound the ball with running back Samaje Perine. The Giants' run defense ranks 24th in yards per carry allowed. In the last three games, the Giants have allowed 4.77 yards per carry.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis is going through warm-ups without a cast on his broken left hand. He played with a club Sunday.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins tight end Jordan Reed also has been ruled out for Thursday's game vs. the Giants. Three other Redskins are out too: safety Montae Nicholson, defensive lineman Terrell McClain and center Chase Roullier.

Team Stats

Passing Yards256.87th
Rushing Yards102.618th
Points For23.812th
Points Against26.631st