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Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 12/ 2/2010

Redskins-Giants keys to the game: special teams

By LaVar Arrington

The Redskins special teams continue to have costly penalties -- the re-punting of the ball and a subsequent return for a touchdown by an opponent, a return for a touchdown by the Redskins that is called back. It's tough enough as is for this team to win. They don't need to make it any harder with penalties.

Here's what the teams must do to win their phase of the game.

They covered well against the Vikings and will need to continue to cover punts and kickoffs well and not give up any big plays. The Redskins cover well and it's been a strength of the team. There aren't any real return dangers on the Giants team, so cover and make Eli Manning do the work. He, like Brett Favre of the Vikings last Sunday, is inconsistent at times. So test the odds that Manning will make mistakes. He has thrown plenty of interceptions this year. Good kick coverage will help.

Again this weekend, blocking well on returns needs to be a priority. If the blocking is there, Brandon Banks will break loose and make things happen.

This is the same from week to week. But again, teams have to continue to try to create turnovers. This, too, can help put the Redskins offense in a better position to score, while giving the defense more time to rest on the sideline. Turnovers help dictate the outcome of games.

Again, field goals are a must. If the Redskins attempt one Graham Gano needs to make it. There cannot be any missed opportunities.

So here's the rundown. It's the same every week: block, return, cover, try to force turnovers and make the field goals. If the Redskins can execute all of these things I believe that they will win this phase of the game. I believe they can, so I'm giving the Redskin's special teams the edge.

By LaVar Arrington  | December 2, 2010; 10:07 AM ET
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