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Giants vs. Redskins: X-factors and fun facts

Kirk Cousins of the Washington Redskins hands off

Kirk Cousins of the Washington Redskins hands off the ball to teammate Alfred Morris in the first half of the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on September 21, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Credit: Getty Images / Rich Schultz

A quick primer on the Giants-Redskins game in Washington on Thursday night:

GIANTS VS. REDSKINS

FedEx Field

8:25 p.m.

TV: NFLN/CBS

Giants: 1-2

Redskins: 1-2

About the Redskins

Head coach: Jay Gruden

Top offensive players: WR DeSean Jackson, RB Alfred Morris, QB Kirk Cousins

Top defensive players: LB Ryan Kerrigan, S Ryan Clark, LB Keenan Robinson

X-Factor: Rashad Jennings's durability

The Giants running back is coming off a game in which he ran for a career-high 176 yards but also carried the ball a career-high 34 times. That takes a physical toll, and with a short week, it may wind up playing a part in Jennings' game Thursday night. "He's a highly, highly conditioned athlete," Tom Coughlin said. "We talked about his normal routine and how that changes a little bit this week. He appears to be doing well. I think he's moving right along, on pace to be good to go on Thursday."

Running the ball against the Redskins would be a test at full strength. "You'd like to think you can show up and run the ball every week," offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo said. "It is going to be a great challenge this week. I think they are better than good against the run."

McAdoo didn't sound as if he would coddle Jennings. "Whether it is the running back position or any position on the field, we have to have an all-hands-on-deck approach."

 

In 2004, Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo and quarterbacks coach Danny Langsdorf were on the Saints staff under head coach Jim Haslett, who is now the defensive coordinator for Washington. Langsdorf was an assistant receivers and assistant special teams coach. McAdoo was a quality control coach for the offense. It was his first job in the NFL.

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