Washington (1-1) at New York Giants (0-2), 8:25 p.m. on CBS and NFL Network. The curtain for week three goes up as a pair of NFC East foes with slow starts meet in the Jersey Meadowlands on Thursday night.

Washington enters Week 3 following a 24-10 victory over St. Louis. Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 23 of 27 passes (85.2 percent) for 203 yards with one touchdown for a 110.3 passer rating in the victory. Washington rookie running back Matt Jones (Round 3, No. 95 overall) rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns in the game.

“Matt had a great game and we saw a lot of positives out on the field,” Redskins head coach Jay Gruden told the Washington Post and USA Today. “You also have to credit the tight ends and the offensive line, who were excellent. All around it was good work by everybody but we have a short week against the Giants coming up. It is going to be key that we prepare like we have been.” Washington’s defense held St. Louis to 67 yards on the ground in the 14-point win at FedEx Field last Sunday afternoon. Washington was 8 of 16 on third down conversions in the win and kept the ball for 37:44, while the Rams, who fell to the .500 mark, was 2 of 12 on third down and 0 of 1 on fourth down and held the ball for 22:16

Through the first two weeks of the season, the Redskins lead the league in rushing with 343 yards (171.5 yards per game). Washington is the only team that has two players with at least 150 rushing yards (Alfred Morris, 180; Jones, 151).

Morris has been a steady contributor against the Giants during his career, tallying 444 rushing yards against them, the third-most among running backs since he entered the league in 2012. Morris has rushed for at least 100 yards or scored a touchdown in four of six career meetings versus New York.

The running backs with the most rushing yards against the Giants since 2012:
PLAYER – TEAM (ATTEMPTS-YARDS, AVG.; TOUCHDOWNS)
DeMarco Murray – Dallas (106-552, 5.21; 1)
LeSean McCoy – Philadelphia (107-510, 4.77; 1)
Alfred Morris – Washington (97-444, 4.58; 2)

The 0-2 Giants enter Week 3 following a 24-20 loss to Atlanta on Sunday, taking two losses with them into their next contest after leading by 10 or more points going into the final 15 minutes of play. Wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. had seven receptions for 146 yards and a touchdown against the Falcons. Beckham, Jr., who now has 103 career catches in 14 career games, became the fastest player in NFL history to reach the 100-reception mark. His 1,495 career receiving yards are also the most through a player’s first 14 games.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning completed 27 of 40 passes (67.5 percent) for 292 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 105.4 passer rating in  Week 2. Manning now has 40,240 career passing yards, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas (40,239) for 14th on the all-time list.

“Thursday is an important game,” Manning told the New York Post, WCBS Sports and USA Today. “It’s a short week and we don’t know much about Washington yet. They’ve got a new defensive coordinator so we have to look at a lot of film quickly, get prepared and hopefully go out there and play better.” The Giants were outscored in the second half 14-7 to fall to the 0-2 mark. Although they did hold Atlanta to 56 yards on the ground, Matt Ryan threw for 363 yards and a huge TD to WR Leonard Hankerson with 12:46 left to play in the contest. Both teams did reasonably well of tnird down tries in Sunday’s affair (Atlanta was 11 of 17, while the Giants were 10 of 17 and 0 of 1 on fourth down tries (the Falcons did not have a fourth down attempt) and time was on the side of the Falcons, who kept the ball for 31:35 to New York’s 28:25.

On Thursday, Manning looks to continue his impressive play against divisional opponents. Since entering the league in 2004, Manning has passed for 15,773 yards against the NFC East, the third-most passing yards against a player’s own division during that span.

The players with the most passing yards against his own division since 2004:

PLAYER – TEAM(S) (AGAINST DIVISION, PASSING YARDS-TD PASSES)
Drew Brees – San Diego and New Orleans (AFC West and NFC South, 18,102-121)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (AFC South and AFC West, 17,198-139)
Eli Manning – New York Giants (NFC East, 15,773-104)
Tom Brady – New England (AFC East, 15,394-121)
Philip Rivers – San Diego (AFC West, 13,367-87)

Including contests that were played when the Redskins were in Boston and the Giants played their home games at Yankee Stadium and the Yale Bowl, the Giants lead the series 96-64-4, have outscored Washington 3,314-2,935 and have won five of the last six meetings, including sweeping the series last year (Washington’s last win over Big Blue came in 2012 in DC by a final of 17-16). The Giants have not lost at home to the Redskins since 2011.

In the first meeting in week four in Landover, the Giants manhandled Cousins and the Redskins, leaving FedEx Field with a 45-14 win. While rushing for 154 yards, New York held Washington to 86 yards on the ground. Cousins found himself being sacked twice and was picked off four times, while Manning threw for 300 yards and four TDs. Washington was a somewhat dismal 1 of 8 on third down tries and kept the ball for 22:43, while the victorious Giants were an impressive 11 of 16 on third down conversions, keeping the ball for for 37:17.

The G-men completed the sweep in the Meadowlands in week 15 and while the ‘Skins made it closer than the first meeting, New York still prevailed, taking a 24-13 win in front of the home crown at Met Life Stadium. Although they were held to 49 yards on the ground, New York still managed to make life less than enjoyable for RGIII (236 yards, TD) and Washington, as they would sack him seven times in the contest, while Manning was electric in the second meeting between these rivals, throwing for 250 yards and three TDs without an interception. Third down tries in the second meeting? Grinchlike. As in 4 of 14 for Washington (0 of 1 on fourth down) and 4 of 13 for New York (1 of 2 on fourth down). There was one bright spot for the Redskins, as they won the battle of the clock, keeping the ball for 32:31 to New York’s 27:29.

In the week four contest, a Thursday night affair in Landover, Washington was favored by 3 1/2 (the Giants won by 31) and the 46 over/under was covered with ease, as both teams combined for 59 points. The second meeting (week 15) along the Jersey shore was a little closer as far as the score was concerned but the Giants took care of the 6 1/2, winning by 11 and that was the good news. The bad news was that neither team reached the 46 1/2 over/under, scoring only 37 points.

The Giants are favored by four in this week’s contest in the Meadowlands and the over/under is 45. It’ll be a lot closer than the 4 points and both teams are in survival mode, so to speak. Washington makes it close but the Giants break into the win column and covers the 4.

BROADCAST INFORMATION: CBS/NFLN (8:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phill Simms, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Boomer Esiason. SIRIUS: 83 (Washington), 93 (New York Giants). XM: 225 (Washington), 226 (New York Giants).

Injury Report

Washington
OUT: WR DeSean Jackson (hamstring), CB Justin Rogers (foot)
QUESTIONABLE: T Tom Compton (calf), LB Perry Riley (calf)
PROBABLE: CB DeAngelo Hall (rib), DT Terrance Knighton (rib), G Shawn Lauvao (calf), C Kory Lichtensteiger (finger), T Morgan Moses (knee)

New York Giants
OUT: WR Victor Cruz (calf), TE Jerome Cunningham (knee), DT Markus Kuhn (knee), DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa (foot), CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (concussion)
DOUBTFUL: T Ereck Flowers (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Robert Ayers (hamstring)
PROBABLE: LB Jon Beason (knee), DT Jay Bromley (knee), TE Daniel Fells (foot), DE Cullen Jenkins (hamstring), G Geoff Schwartz (illness)

Weather Outlook: Mostly cloudy and 72 degrees.

Broadcast information and injury report courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best and USA Today, weather courtesy The Weather Channel.

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