Perhaps a bye week was just what QB Eli Manning was looking for to get his act back together again. He and his New York Giants had their bye in Week 11, and they came out firing in Week 12, putting up their most impressive victory of the season in a 38-10 romp over one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl, the Green Bay Packers. This week, Eli and the G-Men are on the road at the hot Washington Redskins, but there is every reason to believe that they will have a great chance of covering the 2 ½-point NFL odds put on the board for this week’s showdown.
Manning has thrown for 2,890 yards and 15 TDs this year in spite of the fact that he really hasn’t had a remarkable passing game in quite some time. Manning did throw for three TDs last week against the Pack, and he had a 114.4 quarterback rating in the game, his higher mark of the season. However, you have to go back to Week 7 against none other than these Redskins to find the last time that he threw for at least 300 yards.
This Washington defense had played better ball over the course of the last few weeks, but last week, it showed its true colors when it allowed 441 yards and three TDs through the air to QB Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys. That now marks eight times this year in 11 games that the Redskins have allowed at least 299 passing yards, and it was the fifth time that they had allowed three passing touchdowns. There has been just one game all year without a passing TD conceded by this Washington defense.
Should New York win this game, it will mark the fourth time in the last five seasons that it swept Washington. However, the Redskins are working on a four-game cover streak in this series dating back to the end of the 2010 regular season.