Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 10/17/12
It seems obvious enough. The New York Giants must beat the Washington Redskins this Sunday in order to secure their first win within the NFC East. The coaches know it, the players know it, and the fans know it as well. This Sunday is a huge game for Big Blue, and there's no reason to think the team will disappoint. After embarrassing the San Francisco 49ers on the road in Week six, it's inconceivable that the Giants drop a home matchup with the Redskins this Sunday, right?

Not entirely. Sure, Big Blue is undoubtedly the more talented football team. However, the Giants entered their home matchup with the Redskins on a similar high in 2011, after Eli Manning led a season-altering comeback in Dallas in Week 14. The next week, we saw Big Blue turn in perhaps one of the most disappointing performances in recent memory. Eli Manning and Co. came out flat in an embarrassing 23-10 loss to the Redskins that wasn't even as close as the score indicated. 

As we've all heard before, the Giants are capable of beating any team in the NFL, but they are also capable of losing to any team as well. When Giants head coach Tom Coughlin was asked whether the team would disappoint on Sunday, Coughlin did not rule out a mid-season letdown.

"I don't know how," Tom Coughlin said. "We lost  twice last year to Washington. Washington just came off a huge win. And it’s in the division. We need to get going in the division. I would hope that (the win over the 49ers) just does something to whet our appetite, and want to continue to play in that vein and to make more progress."


Obviously, last Sunday's victory in San Francisco was a huge win. Not only did it put Big Blue in sole possession on first place in the NFC East, but it validated the Giants as a serious threat to repeat as Super Bowl champions. However, Coughlin is right in that the Giants still have a lot more progress to make throughout the season.

Through six weeks, we have seen Big Blue play some tremendously tough football, along with some mind-numbingly poor performances. Consistency will be key from here on out. It all starts this Sunday against Washington.

We've all seen it before, especially through 2011. The Giants have a tendancy to come out flat on their home turf. It cost Big Blue games last season against the Seattle Seahwaks, Philadelphia Eagles, Redskins and almost the Miami Dolphins. With road matchups at Atlanta, Baltimore and Dallas remaining on the schedule, the Giants must beat Redskins this weekend to create some separation in the divisional standings.



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