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In the midst of a fire sale, the New York Giants have a perfect opportunity to temporarily right their ship against a familiar foe.

Geoff Magliocchetti

At first glance, Sunday afternoon’s game at MetLife Stadium has the potential to get ugly. A divisional leader will take the field, but it certainly won’t be the New York Giants, a 1-6 team that hasn’t held a share of first place since Week 3 of the 2016 season. Instead, the first-place Washington Redskins (4-2) come to town riding high, fresh off one of the biggest victories in recent franchise memory.

Washington, currently a game and a half up on their non-Giants brethren in the East, has a prime opportunity to extend their lead further with the Dallas Cowboys on a bye and the Philadelphia Eagles facing a challenge from the Jacksonville Jaguars in London. That chance (1:00 p.m. ET, Fox) comes against a Giants team that only partially resembles the one that took the field less than a week earlier, with several crucial pieces either injured or off the team entirely.

To quote the decorated Admiral Gial Ackbar … it’s a trap!

The Giants-Redskins rivalry hasn’t carried the weight of their matchups in the 1980’s, but there have been some great showdowns in recent years. The past five matchups have been decided by 10 points or less, and two of those meetings have held special meaning to the Giants, recent history that’s no doubt on the minds of those dressed in burgundy.

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