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No Nicks, no Smith - it worked last time

Eli Manning stood in front of his teammates

Eli Manning stood in front of his teammates and reminded them that they are still in control of whether or not they make the playoffs. Credit: Getty Images

The Giants will face the Redskins without Steve Smith and Hakeem Nicks. Again.

We already knew that Smith wouldn’t be available to the Giants because he’s on injured reserve. But today we found out that Nicks will in all likelihood be sidelined for the game as well. He broke the big toe on his left foot and while the Giants have not put a timeline on his return, Tom Coughlin was asked if he’ll be available on Sunday.

“I doubt it,” Coughlin said.

The Giants beat the Redskins, 31-7, when they played at New Meadowlands Stadium on Dec. 5. Smith missed that game while recovering from a pectoral injury and Nicks was inactive following surgery to relieve compartment syndrome in his leg. The Giants had 358 offensive yards without those two weapons and Eli Manning completed 15 of 25 passes for 161 yards.

“We rushed the ball,” Coughlin said of the team’s success while Smith and Nicks were sidelined earlier in the season, including the first Redskins game. “I think there are two factors in that game. We were plus-five; we haven’t been plus-five around here in a long time, but we were plus-five. And we rushed for 197, we had time of possession at the 35 minute mark (34:28 to be exact). Those were the difference-makers.”


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