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Giants will find a way to win -- and cover

quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York

quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants directs from the line of scrimmage against the Atlanta Falcons during an NFL game at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. Credit: Mike Stobe


TV: Ch. 2, NFL, 8:25 p.m.

Radio: WCBS (880)

Line: Giants by 31/2; O/U: 44

The Giants are 0-2 for the third straight season, and while 8-8 may win the wacky NFC East, they can't afford to go 0-3.

This is what Tom Coughlin had to say after the Giants' loss to the Falcons: "We're not going to look at this tape with the players, we'll look at it as coaches, but we've got to jump right on to the next opponent."

This is what I say the coach should've done after the Giants became the first team in NFL history to open a season with two straight losses in which it blew a lead of 10 or more points in the fourth quarter: Gather all the players around and watch last year's Thursday-night win at Washington in Week 4. You know, the one in which Eli Manning threw four touchdown passes, three to tight end Larry Donnell, in a 45-14 win.

Their very own Throwback Thursday. (Forget it, Coach, it's a social media thing).

Manning is 15-6 straight up against the Redskins, and the Giants have won four in a row against them by an average of 15-plus points. The Redskins' run-heavy offense will have success against a hobbled Giants defense. Alfred Morris and rookie Matt Jones have racked up a combined 331 yards.

Washington has a solid defense and has allowed only two offensive touchdowns this season. I think they'll keep it close before Eli, Odell Beckham Jr. and the Giants flip the script from the first two games and finish strong. Maybe Donnell will catch a TD pass, too. Then, with more than a week before their next game, the Giants can all watch tape from their first win.

The pick: Giants

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