We talk to SB Nation's preeminent New York Giants expert to preview Sunday's Week 1 showdown between the Giants and the Redskins.
With the New York Giants coming to town on Sunday to kick their regular season off against the Redskins, we figured we needed to call on an expert from the other side to preview the game. We get a chance to catch up with Ed Valentine, the lead editor for SB Nation New York and SB Nation's Giants blog Big Blue View, for his perspective on the game.
(Also see: Hogs Haven's Q&A with Ed).
SB Nation D.C.: Which Giants injury could wind up being the biggest blow to their chances against the Redskins on Sunday?
ED VALENTINE: I think the Giants will have to depend on the run. I'm not worried at all about their offensive line's ability to block for the run game. They have looked just fine doing that. The Giants' passing attack is a work in progress with the loss of Steve Smith and Kevin Boss.
ED VALENTINE: Thomas is still a bit of a mystery. Terrific return ability, but he's been up and down. He brings the potential of a big return, though, which the Giants did not have a season ago.
ED VALENTINE: Well, the only free-agent acquisition worth noting is starting center David Baas. We love the rookie draft class, and there are four rookie linebackers on the roster (two undrafted free agents), but they are all rookies who have never played. So, we will see.
ED VALENTINE: Not really. At least from here the Redskins look like the fourth-best team in a four-team division, which is what they have been for years now. They need to prove they are better than that.