NFL Game Previews: Breaking Down Week 17
NFL Game Previews: Breaking Down Week 17

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Washington at N.Y. Giants (+3), 39.5 o/u – Sunday, 1 p.m. EST

The Story: The NFL gets a lot – and I mean a lot – of things wrong these days, but Week 17 isn't really one of them. Scheduling nothing but division rivalry games for the final weekend ensures that every contest has some meaning and teeth to it, even if the teams involved are long out of playoff contention as these two are. (As for teams resting stars in Week 17, hey, that's on the coaching staffs and front offices, not the league.) While Washington doesn't have much to play for other than the chance to kick a dysfunctional enemy while they're down, the game does carry some weight for the Giants, as a win and a Colts loss would bump them down to the No. 3 slot in next year's draft. Given the situation, you'd think they'd be giving young Davis Webb the start under center to see what he's made of, and try not to cost themselves draft position, but apparently the "bench Eli Manning" ship has already sailed. And sunk.

The Skinny:
2017 WAS offense: 22.1 PPG (14th), 92.5 rushing yds/gm (26th), 262.3 passing yds/gm (9th), 38 sacks allowed (T-18th), 24 turnovers (T-23rd)
2017 NYG offense: 15.2 PPG (31st), 85.9 rushing yds/gm (29th), 236.5 passing yds/gm (17th), 32 sacks allowed (T-11th), 21

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Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
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