New York Giants at Washington, 8:25 pm (CBS and NFL Network, FedEx Field) The NFL approaches the season’s quarter mark beginning on Thursday night (CBS/NFLN, 8:25 PM ET) with Washington hosting the New York Giants at Fed Ex Field.

Thursday’s matchup will be the 165th (including postseason) meeting between the NFC East foes. The Giants have won three of the past four games between the two teams and lead the all-time series 95-65-4 and have outscored Washington 3,245-2,908.

After an 0-2 start to the season, the Giants secured their first win with a 30-17 victory over the Houston Texans behind running back Rashad Jennings’ career-high 176 rushing yards and a touchdown. The Giants also received touchdowns from tight end Danel Fells and wide receiver Victor Cruz, who had five catches for 107 yards. New York forced three Texan turnovers in their win in the Meadowlands last Sunday. Neither clud did anything to write home about on third down tries in the interconference contest as Houston was 2 of 12 (1 of 2 on fourth down), while the G-men were 4 of 12 and 0 of 1 on fourth down. Big Blue also won the time of possession battle, keeping the ball for 32:34 to Houston’s 27:26.

“I’m excited, it’s a benefit for our offense to play on Thursday night, because we’re going to go out there and we’re going to play up-tempo,” says Giants tackle Justin Pugh on the team’s short turnaround this week. “We’ve got to go out there and go down to a hostile environment and win a divisional game.”

“It feels good to get a win,” says New York defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who had seven tackles against Houston. “We’ve just got to keep taking it one game at a time, and that’s what we’re going to do. We can’t let this win get to our heads. We still have a lot of work to do and we’ve got a short week for the Washington Redskins.”

The Redskins have scored 75 points over the past two weeks, including 34 in last week’s loss at Philadelphia. Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins threw for a career-best 427 yards in Week 3 and had three touchdown passes. In two games, Cousins has posted a 105.8 passer rating, the second-highest mark in the NFC.

“We battled back but failed to convert,” Redskins head coach Jay GrudenN told the Washington Post about the team’s three-point loss to the Eagles. “Very disappointing but I like the way we battled back. There were a lot of things to like. The things we can correct, we will correct. We have to get them corrected for us to get this thing turned around.”

Heading into Thursday’s contest at Washington, New York quarterback Eli Manning has won six of 10 regular-season starts against the Redskins at FedEx Field. In those 10 starts, Manning has 185 completions for 2,289 passing yards, the most of any active visiting player at FedEx Field since he entered the league in 2004. Manning’s 10 touchdown passes on the road against Washington rank second among active players, trailing only Dallas quarterback Tony Romo (12). Manning aims for 3rd win in row vs. Washing, has won 9 of past 12 starts in series and has started 154 consecutive games, longest active streak by QB… With regard to records on Thursday nights, the Giants are 13-7-3, while Washington is 6-8.

The career numbers for Eli Manning at FedEx Field:

RECORD/YARDS, TD PASSES/RATING
6-4/2,289, 10/83.9

Meanwhile in Washington, the Redskins look to bounce back from a 37-34 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. In the loss, quarterback Kirk Cousins, taking over for Robert Griffin III, passed for a career-high 427 yards and three touchdowns, including an 81-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver De Sean Jackson.

Jackson now has 16 career touchdowns (11 receiving, three punt-return and two rushing) against NFC East opponents, tied for the most by any player since he entered the league in 2008 (Ahmad Bradshaw, 16). Of his 16 career touchdowns against the NFC East, seven (four receiving, two punt-return and one rushing) have come against the Giants, also the most by any player31:35 since 2008.

The Giants swept the season series with Washington, taking both NFC East contests. In the first meeting in week 13 in Landover, New York overcame a 14-7 deficit in the first half to come away with a 24-17 win. Despite being held to 80 yards rushing, the Giants did manage to sack RGIII five times in the contest. New York was 4 of 12 on third down tries, keeping the ball for 28:25, while the Redskins were 5 of 16 (2 of 3 on fourth down), keeping the ball for 31:35.

New York made it a clean sweep in the series and season finale in upstate New Jersey, taking a 20-6 win. New York led 10-6 at the half in the cold of Met Life Stadium and then shut out Washington 10-0 in the final 30 minutes of play. Washington was held to 91 rushing yards and Manning was outdone by Cousins, who was taking over for Griffin in passing yardage by a 169-152 margin but the Giants defense did manage to sack Cousins three times and force four Washington turnovers. If fans were looking for both teams to do anything good on third down tries, they went home with frowns on their faces, as neither team reached the 50 percent mark (Washington 5 of 20 and 1 of 3 on fourth down; New York was 3 of 14). The clock favored New York this time, as the Giants clung to the ball for 31:39, while Washington held on to it for 28:21.

In the week 13 contest, played on the Sunday night after Thanksgiving, the Giants were favored by 1 with a 45 1/2 over/under. Both clubs missed the over/under, combining for only 41 points but New York’s 7-point win covered the spread. The season finale for both clubs in week 17 in the Meadowland saw the Giants favored by 3 1/2 with a 46 over/under and in that contest, both teams again missed the over/under, with the two teams scoring only 26 points but the Giants covered the spread with their 14-point victory.

Washington’s favored by 3 1/2 at home in Landover and the over/under comes in at 45. The 45. Makes sense. The 3 1/2? That’s a bit low and both teams can score points if their offenses are functioning like they should. HAIL TO THE REDSKINS! Washington gets back on track and comes away with the win at home, covering the 3 1/2.

Weather outlook: Cloudy with a 10 percent chance of rain and 62 degrees.

Injury Report

New York Giants
OUT: WR Odell Beckham (hamstring), LB Devon Kennard (hamstring)
DOUBTFUL: LB Jon Beason (foot, toe)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Zackary Bowman (quadricep), T James Brewer (back), T Charles Brown (shoulder)
PROBABLE: P Steve Weatherford (left ankle)

Washington
OUT: QB Robert Griffin (ankle), LB Akeem Jordan (knee), TE Jordan Reed (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Chris Baker (ankle, hip), DE Kedric Golston (groin), DE Jason Hatcher (hamstring), WR DeSean Jackson (shoulder), DE Frank Kearse (ankle), G Shawn Lauvao (knee), C Kory Lichtensteiger (groin, rib), CB Tracy Porter (hamstring), S Trenton Robinson (abdomen)
PROBABLE: K Kai Forbath (right groin), RB Alfred Morris (knee), LB Brian Orakpo (finger), T Tyler Polumbus (knee), LB Keenan Robinson (shoulder)

BROADCAST

CBS/NFLN at 8:25 p.m.: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). Westwood One: Bob Wischusen, Mike Mayock, Ross Tucker (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 93 (New York Giants), 92 (Washington). XM: 88 (WestWood1), 225 (New York Giants), 226 (Washington).

Broadcast and injury information courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don’s Bets and USA Today, weather courtesy The Weather Channel. 

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