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Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 12/27/2010

Redskins-Giants keys to the game: offense

By LaVar Arrington

This week's game be do-or-die for the Giants, who have dug themselves into a hole by getting beat by the Eagles and the Packers in consecutive weeks. Here's what the Redskins must do to have a chance to win this week.

Ball control and time of possession: Although this is a very talented defense, the Giants have been prone to wearing down during the course of games. That means the Redskins should give the ball to Ryan Torain, who has been running very hard with good results. The Redskins need to commit to running the ball Sunday, whether or not it is initially successful.

Open up the playbook: It's the last game of the season; be creative in the run calls. Kyle Shanahan needs to just let the play calls fly. There's no need for Shanahan to be worrying about if the call is totally correct. This has been said before: Mix up the pace of the game and the calls. This could help with blocking up front; changing the pace could slow down the defensive linemen getting upfield.

Throw the ball with accuracy and catch the ball: It would appear that Rex Grossman has brought more continuity to the offense, but he continues to have the same struggles as Donovan McNabb with accuracy and completions. He will need to deliver the ball with accuracy, and his receivers will need to catch the ball.

Work the underneath zones of the defense: Receivers will need to work the under zones of the Giants' defense. Shorter passes will help get yards, extend drives and keep Grossman in three-step drops that will help mitigate that vicious pass rush.

Chris Cooley and Fred Davis need to be a pass priority: Find every way possible to utilize these two guys, if you want to win.

I give the edge to the Giants' defense this week.

By LaVar Arrington  | December 27, 2010; 10:01 AM ET
 
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