A crazy voice is telling me to pick the Giants to upset the Cowboys at the Meadowlands. I'm trying to disregard it. I will disregard it. I don't have the courage for such a pick, even though Dallas's offense showed zilch against Chicago, and after the game Troy Aikman mentioned that it was about time the guys stopped going through the motions in practice, which, if I'm reading correctly, is a rip at the coach. What else is new?
Sorry, but I can't go with a team as banged up as the Giants. Now they've lost rookie running back Tiki Barber (sprained right knee) and center Derek Engler (broken right tibia), who was starting in place of the injured regular, Brian Williams. That means the weakest unit on the team, the offensive line, will be even weaker. One rule in handicapping—well, it's my own rule—is never go with the team that has the shaky line.
The last six Eagles-Redskins games played in Philadelphia have been decided by five points or less. The Eagles won five of them. Not this time. I like what the Redskins showed in the rain against Jacksonville, coming back from a terrible start to wear down a tough, physical team. I thought free safety Stanley Richard had a career game, coming up near the line and stuffing Natrone Means, closing fast when he had to drop back into coverage. He did it all. Gus Frerotte was back on the beam, after a shaky 1997 start, and what a difference in the offense when Tr� Johnson is back at right guard. The guy can cave in the middle of the line.
Philly will run against a notoriously weak rushing defense, but I think Washington will put up plenty of points, too. Look for the Redskins to win in a shootout.