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Washington Redskins
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

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  The Redskins will have to figure out how to keep the Giants' passing options in check. Tight end Larry Donnell once caught three touchdown passes against Washington. So they can't simply focus on wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz and rookie Sterling Shepard. Running back Shane Vereen is a dangerous weapon out of the backfield, too.

The Redskins could use a better night from safety David Bruton, who has struggled early in his first two games with the team. A free-agent signing from the Denver Broncos, Bruton's strength is tackling in space. But he has missed a few times and has been a liability in coverage. That could leave the door open for Duke Ihenacho, who lost the training camp battle to Bruton and was inactive the first game but active vs. Dallas last week. Ihenacho was the starting strong safety last season before breaking his wrist in Week 1 and missing the season.

FRIDAY INJURY REPORT

WASHINGTON REDSKINS

Out: DE Kendall Reyes (groin)

Questionable: DE Chris Baker (rib, elbow, toe, knee), S Su'a Cravens (hip), WR Josh Doctson (Achilles), C Kory Lichtensteiger (back), T Ty Nsekhe (foot), LB Martrell Spaight (concussion)

NEW YORK GIANTS

Out: T Marshall Newhouse (calf), DT Robert Thomas (illness), S Darian Thompson (foot)

Questionable: RB Rashad Jennings (thumb)

PLAYER NOTES

LT Trent Williams was limited in practice on Wednesday with a right knee injury. Williams was seen with a big bag of ice on the knee after Sunday's loss to Dallas.

WR DeSean Jackson's status for Sunday is in doubt. He sustained ankle and knee injuries in the Week 2 loss to Dallas. He finished that game but was held out of practice on Wednesday.

RB Matt Jones had 61 rushing yards in Sunday's loss to Dallas the most he has had in a game since Dec. 13 at Chicago (62). His 4.7 yards per carry were the most since he averaged 5.1 against New Orleans on Nov. 15.



GAME PLAN:
The Redskins need better communication in the secondary, but they do have the talent to keep New York's formidable wide receivers in check. Josh Norman has been excellent in two games, with one forced fumble and another close call against Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown that was ruled incomplete on replay. But they need more from Bashaud Breeland and safeties DeAngelo Hall and David Bruton.

Washington appears outclassed in the trenches, where New York's additions on the defensive line have proven stout so far. The Redskins need to run the ball more, but they aren't ever going to be known as a running team. They are too inexperienced in the backfield, lack power up front and have too many other weapons in the passing game.

The Redskins need to be better in the red zone. Last year they were third in the NFL in converted opportunities inside the 20. So far they have been a disaster, with a pair of interceptions, six field goals and just three touchdowns in 11 chances.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Wide receiver Jamison Crowder: Crowder might be the least well-known of Washington's receiving weapons (Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis, Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson). But he had 59 receptions as a rookie and has been targeted by quarterback Kirk Cousins 18 times in two games. Crowder has caught 12 passes for 97 yards and a touchdown.

MATCHUPS TO WATCH

Redskins CB Dashaun Phillips, who has struggled as the starting nickel corner, vs. Giants WR Sterling Shepard, who was routinely successfully targeted on third down last week by quarterback Eli Manning.

Giants DE Olivier Vernon vs. Redskins LT Trent Williams. Vernon has five tackles in two games and proved a handful for both Dallas' and New Orleans' offensive lines. Williams has a sore right knee after battling nagging injuries throughout training camp. The two saw each other last September when Vernon and the Miami Dolphins played Washington in the 2015 season opener.


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