Pete Prisco and Pat Kirwan preview the NFL Week 15 matchup between the Washington Redskins and New York Giants.
Lee Jenkins and Jeff Pearlman join Jim Rome to discuss if Jay Gruden will be fired after only one season with the Washington Redskins.
WASHINGTON REDSKINS (3-10) AT NEW YORK GIANTS (4-9)
|COACHES VS. OPP.||Gruden: 0-1||Coughlin: 16-8|
|LAST WEEK||L 24-0 vs. Rams||W 36-7 at Titans|
|LAST GAME||9/25/14: Giants 45 at Redskins 14. New York QB Eli Manning passes for 300 yards & 4 TDs & adds rushing TD. Giants TE Larry Donnell has 3 TD receptions.|
|LAST GAME AT SITE||12/29/13: Giants 20, Redskins 6. New York WR Jerrel Jernigan has 147 scrimmage yards & 2 TDs (1 rushing, 1 receiving). Giants CB Trumaine McBride records 2 INTs|
|BROADCAST||FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 146 (Was.), 133 (NYG). XM: 231 (NYG).|
|RUSHING||Morris: 218-899-4.1-7 (T3C)||Jennings: 156-603-3.9-4|
|RECEIVING||Garcon: 58-602-10.4-3||Beckham (R): 59-829-14.1-6|
|SACKS||Kerrigan: 11.5 (3C)||Pierre-Paul: 7|
|INTs||5 tied: 1||Demps: 4 (T2C)|
|PUNTING||Way: 48.1 (1L)||Weatherford: 45.8|
|KICKING||Forbath: 82 (25/26 PAT; 19/22 FG)||
REDSKINS: QB COLT MC COY has 107.7 rating on road this season. QB ROBERT GRIFFIN III has 100+ rating in all 3 starts vs. NYG (104.3 rating) & has rushed for 70+ yards in all 3 (83 yards per game)…RB ALFRED MORRIS has rushed for 100+ yards or TD in 4 of 5 career meetings. Since entering NFL in 2012, Morris is 2nd in league with 3,787 rush yards. Has 4 rush TDs in past 6. RB ROY HELU, JR. had 5 catches for 78 yards in Week 4…WR DE SEAN JACKSON has 7 TDs vs. NYG (4 rec., 2 PR, 1 rush) & averages 47 yards per TD. 4 of those 7 TDs have been 50+ yards. WR PIERRE GARÇON had 9 catches for 95 yards last week. Since 2013, has 171 catches, most in NFC. WR ANDRE ROBERTS had 18-yard TD in Week 4…LB RYAN KERRIGAN had sack in Week 4. Has 2 sacks & INT-TD in career vs. NYG. Had 2 sacks last week. Since entering NFL in 2011, is only player with 35+ sacks (36) & 2+ INT-TDs (2). LB KEENAN ROBINSON had 13 tackles & INT in Week 4…GIANTS: QB ELI MANNING aims for 4th win in row vs. Was. Passed for 300 yards, 4 TDs & 117.5 rating in Week 4 & added rush TD. Has won 7 of 9 starts vs. Was. at home…Rookie RB ANDRE WILLIAMS had career-high 131 rush yards last week, incl. 50-yard TD. Leads NFC rookies with 6 rush TDs…Rookie WR ODELL BECKHAM, JR. had 11 catches for 130 yards & TD last week. Is 1st rookie in NFL history with 90+ rec. yards in 6 games in row. Is 1 of 2 rookies in NFL history with 700+ rec. yards (723) in 6-game span. Leads NFL rookies averaging 92.1 yards per game. TE LARRY DONNELL had career-high 3 TD catches in Week 4. TE DANIEL FELLS aims for 3rd in row vs. Was. with TD catch. WR RUEBEN RANDLE had 8 catches for 89 yards in last meeting. Has 9 rec. TDs in past 15 at home…DE JASON PIERRE-PAUL has 6 sacks, 2 FFs & 2 FRs in 7 meetings. Is only DE in NFL with 2 INT-TDs since 2012. Has 3.5 sacks in past 2. Rookie LB DEVON KENNARD has 4 sacks in past 2 & aims for 3rd 2-sack game in row. Last week, Kennard had sack & FF which DT MARKUS KUHN returned 26 yards for TD.
|DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE|
|Wednesday||DT Barry Cofield (illness), DE Jason Hatcher (knee), RB Roy Helu (toe), S Brandon Meriweather (toe), LB Keenan Robinson (knee)|
|LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE|
|Wednesday||DE Kedric Golston (back, foot), WR DeSean Jackson (shin), QB Colt McCoy (neck), T Morgan Moses (foot, ankle)|
|FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE|
|Wednesday||DE Chris Baker (chest), LB Will Compton (shoulder)|
|NEW YORK GIANTS|
|DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE|
|Wednesday||T James Brewer (concussion), LB Jameel McClain (knee), LB Jacquian Williams (concussion)|
|LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE|
|Wednesday||LB Mark Herzlich (concussion), QB Eli Manning (back)|
After making it through a practice in which he shared first-team snaps with his fellow quarterbacks, Colt McCoy expressed optimism that his injured neck will continue to heal to the point where he can play on Sunday, and if that happens, McCoy maintained that he expects to start for the Washington Redskins, Mike Jones of the Washington Post reports.
“As long as I’m breathing, as long as I can pick up a football, I’m going to go out there and help my team win,” said McCoy, who has started the past two games, but left the loss to the Rams with two minutes remaining after injuring his neck on a blind-side sack. “There’s no other way to look at it from my mind and that’s the way I’m approaching it. So I’m doing all the things I need to do to be ready to play, and we’ll keep moving forward.”
Coach Jay Gruden has not ruled one way or the other on McCoy, but said it does remain possible that the fifth-year pro could start Sunday.
“Yeah, I think he has got a chance,” Gruden said. “He sprained his neck. It’s just a matter of getting his full range of motion back. But, he did good today, and we’ll get a look at him tomorrow to see if he progresses.”
Former Redskins LB London Fletcher made some disparaging comments on CBS Sports Network about his former defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, Mike Jones of the Washington Post reports.
Fletcher said, “Why does Jim Haslett still have his job as a defensive coordinator after five years now of just ineptitude at the defensive coordinator position? He’s clueless as a defensive coordinator. He lacks attention to detail. He lacks feel on how to call a game. Some of the calls he used to call when I was playing were head-scratching. They were so bad, I used to change them, like, ‘We’re not running that.’ And we’d get off the field and he would ask, ‘Why did you change the call.’ (I would say), ‘Because that’s just a dumb call. That’s why I changed it.’”
Fletcher went on to say that Haslett “would take the ’85 Bears and turn them into a mediocre defense. He is clueless. He has no idea what he is doing. Believe me, I had a front row seat for four years.”
When he got word after the game about the harsh criticism that his former defensive captain had for him during a television appearance, Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett had little reaction other than shock.
Haslett briefly addressed reporters, saying, “I just heard what London said and all I’ll say is I’m disappointed in his reaction. Obviously, he has an opinion, but I’m disappointed that he would come out and say something like. But, every man has an opinion, and he obviously stated his.”
Asked if the two had ever had conflicts, or a falling out of some kind, Haslett said, “London and I have never had an issue.”
The Redskins did little to give their fans any hope on Sunday, as they were crushed at home in front of a sad crowd, falling to the Rams 24-0.
The win gives the Rams back-to-back shutouts for the first time since 1945.
Jared Cook caught two touchdown passes, Tavon Austin returned a punt 78 yards for a score, and the defense allowed 206 total yards as the Rams improved to 5-7.
The Rams sacked Colt McCoy six times. He suffered a neck injury on the sixth sack just before the two-minute warning, so Robert Griffin III finished the game in his first appearance since getting benched two weeks ago. Griffin was sacked once during his brief appearance.
The Redskins (3-10) dropped their fifth straight.
Rams: CB Lamarcus Joyner, CB Marcus Roberson, TE Justice Cunningham, OT Brandon Washington, TE Alex Bayer, DT Alex Carrington, DL Ethan Westbrooks.
Redskins: QB Kirk Cousins, WR DeSean Jackson, S Brandon Meriweather, LB Keenan Robinson, DE Kedric Golston, OG Josh LeRibeus, OT Tyler Polumbus.