Washington (1-1) at N.Y. Giants (0-2)

When: 7:25 p.m. Thursday • TV: Ch. 4, NFL Net. • Line: Giants by 3½

The skinny: If the Giants are going to get back into the NFC East race, they are going to have to limit Washington's running game and make the Redskins' top-ranked defense work more than 22 minutes. Coach Jay Gruden's team is pounding the ball inside with Alfred Morris and rookie Matt Jones and that's translating to some unbelievable time of possession statistics. The Redskins are averaging nearly 38 minutes of possession. It's a big reason their defense is ranked No. 1 in the NFL. Opponents have run only 101 plays, scored 20 points and had the ball just a little more than 22 minutes per game, gaining a total of 469 yards.

Notes: Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (concussion) is out, while offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (ankle) is doubtful. Middle linebacker Jon Beason is probable to play for the first time this season. For the Redskins, Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson (hamstring) continues to be sidelined.

Associated Press