In the past 41/2 quarters, the Giants - dominant defensively for much of the season - have allowed 73 points. Now they're facing a different Washington team from the one they beat, 31-7, earlier this season, with Rex Grossman replacing Donovan McNabb at quarterback, and Giants cornerback Corey Webster is questionable with a rib injury that prevented him from practicing all week.
"It happened before this year," Webster said. "Eagles week [prior to the Nov. 21 game] was the same way. No practices through the week, but I was able to go on Sunday."
After giving up 515 yards to the Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers last week, the Giants must bounce back. Of their six losses, four were against premier passers Rodgers, Peyton Manning and Michael Vick (twice). Grossman is closer to the level of the other two QBs who have beaten the Giants, Jon Kitna and Vince Young.
"We looked at film of the games he played, and I don't think they can change up a whole lot," Webster said. "He's been running the same system as Donovan McNabb. They can just tweak it a little bit. So we'll try to pressure the quarterback."
LT Andrews will start
Left tackle Shawn Andrews is starting, but he's nursing a sore back and will require an anti-inflammatory injection before the game, as well as heating-pad treatments to keep functioning. After a recent problem with the timing of his meds, Andrews has adjusted.
"I think it was two weeks ago I got the shot right before I went out for kickoff, and it didn't kick in until I got home," Andrews said to the laughter of reporters. "I'm serious. I'm sitting there on the couch, and it's feeling good. So now I get in right when I get [to the stadium] so it can kick in and kind of resonate throughout my body."
Pro Bowl center Shaun O'Hara is out with a recurrence of his right foot and Achilles problems. Webster (ribs), defensive tackle Chris Canty (neck) and backup cornerback Brian Jackson (knee) are questionable. Running back Ahmad Bradshaw (ankle), safety Antrel Rolle (ankle) and defensive linemen Osi Umenyiora (knee) and Justin Tuck (chest) are probable.