The Washington Times - December 1, 2013, 05:28PM

The third nationally televised appearance for the Washington Redskins in four weeks could showcase their downfall on Sunday as a loss to the visiting New York Giants could end their dream of returning to the playoffs.

With a loss, the Redskins, who were the NFC East champions a year ago, would fall to 3-9 with just four games remaining. That wouldn’t give them enough room to catch the Philadelphia Eagles, who, at 7-5 and tied with the Dallas Cowboys for the division lead, have defeated the Redskins twice this season.

The Giants began the season with a six-game losing streak, but they had won four consecutive games before losing to the Cowboys a week ago. They’ve changed their fortunes by cutting down on turnovers and establishing their running game, which has weathered the loss of David Wilson and Da’Rel Scott and, on Sunday, will also be without Brandon Jacobs because of soreness in one of his knees.

Washington has lost three consecutive games, falling to the Minnesota Vikings, the Eagles and the San Francisco 49ers. They’ll need to set the tone early and keep the pressure on late if they hope to snap that skid and prolong their playoff hopes.

Some other details:

Logistics

Site: FedEx Field, Landover, Md. (85,000)

Kickoff: 8:25 p.m.

Records: Redskins 3-8, Giants 4-7

Television: NBC (Al Michaels, Chris Collinsworth, Michelle Tafoya)

Radio: ESPN 980-AM (Larry Michael, Sonny Jurgensen, Chris Cooley, Doc Walker)

Weather: 37 degrees, partly cloudy

Lines: Giants by 1, over/under 47.5 per Bovada

Projected Starters

Redskins Offense: QB Robert Griffin III, RB Alfred Morris, WR Pierre Garcon, WR Joshua Morgan, TE Fred Davis, FB Darrel Young, LT Trent Williams, LG Kory Lichtensteiger, C Will Montgomery, RG Chris Chester, RT Tyler Polumbus

Redskins Defense: DE Jarvis Jenkins, NT Barry Cofield, DE Stephen Bowen, OLB Ryan Kerrigan, ILB London Fletcher, ILB Perry Riley, OLB Brian Orakpo, CB DeAngelo Hall, CB Josh Wilson, SS Reed Doughty, FS Brandon Meriweather

Giants Offense: QB Eli Manning, RB Andre Brown, WR Hakeem Nicks, WR Victor Cruz, TE Brandon Myers, FB John Conner, LT Will Beatty, LG James Brewer, C Kevin Boothe, RG David Diehl, RT Justin Pugh

Giants Defense: DE Justin Tuck, DT Linval Joseph, DT Cullen Jenkins, DE Mathias Kiwanuka, SLB Keith Rivers, MLB Jon Beason, WLB Jacquian Williams, CB Terrell Thomas, CB Prince Amukamara, SS Antrel Rolle, FS Will Hill

Injury Report

Redskins: Probable – FS Jose Gumbs (sprained left ankle); Questionable – TE Jordan Reed (concussion), FB Darrel Young (strained hamstring), TE Niles Paul (undisclosed illness).

Giants: Probable – WR Hakeem Nicks (abdominal strain), CB Terrell Thomas (knee); Out – DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), RB Brandon Jacobs (knee), CB Trumaine McBride (groin), CB Corey Webster (ankle).

Also

All-time: Giants lead regular-season series, 92-64-4

Last meeting: Dec. 3, 2012 (Week 13) – Redskins 17, Giants 16

Offensive ranks: Total – Redskins seventh, Giants 24th; Passing – Redskins 15th, Giants 17th; Rushing – Redskins second, Giants 25th.

Defensive ranks: Total – Giants 12th, Redskins 28th; Passing – Giants 15th, Redskins 26th; Rushing – Giants seventh, Redskins 14th.
   
Notable connections: Redskins nose tackle Barry Cofield played for the Giants from 2006 through 2010; Giants running back Andre Brown played for the Redskins in 2010; Redskins running back Roy Helu and tight end Niles Paul played with Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara at Nebraska from 2007 through 2010; Redskins free safety Brandon Meriweather played at Miami in 2003 and 2004 with Giants middle linebacker Jon Beason and strong safety Antrel Rolle; Redskins tight end Fred Davis played at Southern California with Giants strongside linebacker Keith Rivers, cornerback Terrell Tomas and defensive tackle Mike Patterson in 2004.