The Washington Redskins have reached the point where they probably cannot afford to lose any more players. They definitely cannot afford to lose another game.
After watching a stirring win dissolve into a crushing overtime defeat Sunday at New Orleans, the Redskins had to forget it fast as they prepare to host their first-ever Thanksgiving Day game, a division contest Thursday night against the New York Giants.
After placing four players on injured reserve Tuesday, the Redskins (4-6) will not even attempt a full practice before the game.
"It's quite the challenge," Redskins coach Jay Gruden said on a conference call. "We're only going to do walk-throughs this week. We're pretty dinged up, and we don't have really enough guys to get 11 on 11 right now for look squad (scout team). Most of our look squad guys are going to be playing, so we just got to get them ready to go."
Sent to injured reserve were guard Shawn Lauvao (stinger), center Spencer Long (knee), wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (ankle) and running back Chris Thompson (fibula). Backup center Chase Roullier (hand) is also out this week.
Five other Redskins sat out Tuesday, and eight were listed as limited.
The IR moves end a disappointing season for Pryor and a breakthrough year for Thompson. Signed as a free agent after the team let DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon depart, Pryor caught just 20 passes for 240 yards and one touchdown. Gruden said Pryor battled the ankle injury since Week 2.
Thompson, meanwhile, averaged 4.6 yards per carry as the third-down back and rushed for two scores. He is tied for the team lead with 39 catches, good for 510 yards and four touchdowns. Starting running back Rob Kelley is already on IR.
An overtime loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday left Washington sitting 11th in the NFC playoff chase, meaning the Redskins need to jump over five teams in the final six weeks. On the plus side, starting with the Giants (a team they play twice), the Redskins won't face a team that currently has a winning record the rest of the way.
"I feel like we have a lot of warriors on this team, guys who are winners and want to compete every single play," tight end Vernon Davis told the Washington Post. "Weeks like this can really test your character and test who you are as a man. How will you respond?"
Washington's best possible finish is 10-6. The Redskins haven't reached 11 wins since 1991.
The last time these teams met, the Giants ended Washington's 2016-17 season. Needing a win to reach the postseason, Washington lost 19-10 to New York at FedExField on the final day of the season. New York has won five of its past seven games against the Redskins.
In effect, the Giants (2-8) can be spoilers again, but they have their own injury issues. Wide receiver Sterling Shepard missed New York's Sunday win against the Kansas City Chiefs with a migraine headache. Giants coach Ben McAdoo said Tuesday that Shepard was not feeling well and that the medical staff was evaluating him. Shepard leads the team with 475 receiving yards on 38 catches.
In addition, guard D.J. Fluker (toe) is in a walking boot and offensive lineman Justin Pugh (back) remains out.
Two other Giants sat out Tuesday and six were limited.
"The short week -- it affects the players. They have to obviously recover very quickly, not just physically but mentally and emotionally to get ready for the next one," McAdoo said.
"You have to shove a game plan in there. You probably have got to keep it somewhat simple. It is pro football. You think guys can handle some tweaks and things like that, but you have to be smart on what you ask them to do. But I think recovery is probably the biggest challenge."
New York snapped a three-game losing streak with its 12-9 overtime win against the Chiefs. Quarterback Eli Manning, whose pregame speech was credited with providing a spark, will try to make it two straight wins.
"It's a short week, but everyone here is excited about the opportunity to go play on Thanksgiving," Manning told the team's website.
Manning is 17-8 as a starter against Washington. He has completed 493 of 841 passes (59 percent) for 5,934 yards with 28 touchdowns and 23 interceptions vs. the Redskins.
Against New York, Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins (2-4 as a starter) is 131 of 230 (57 percent) for 1,627 yards with six touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
The Redskins have allowed 30 or more points five times this season, including in their two consecutive losses. New York has not scored 30 points in any of McAdoo's 27 games as head coach.
Washington's offense is ranked 11th in points per game while the Giants are 30th.
With its recent performances, the Redskins' defense has fallen to 31st in points per game. The Giants' defense is tied for 21st.
Both teams struggle on third down on both sides of the ball. Washington is 22nd in third-down efficiency on offense and 23rd on defense. The Giants are 29th on offense and 27th on defense.
VDB Free Betting Prediction: Washington Redskins -7 and Over/Under 45.
New York Giants vs Washington Redskins VDB Sport Betting Odds and Matchup Report
New York Giants vs Washington Redskins VDB Betting Odds
|New York Giants||+7 (EVEN)||+270||45 (-115)o|
|Washington Redskins||-7 (-120)||-340||45 (-105)u|
|Name||Record||Home||Away||ATS||ATS Home||ATS Away||Offense||Defense||Diff|
|Name||Record||Home||Away||ATS||ATS Home||ATS Away||Offense||Defense||Diff|
Betting Odds Trends
|NY Giants is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games|
|NY Giants is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games|
|NY Giants is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of NY Giants's last 6 games on the road|
|NY Giants is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Washington|
|NY Giants is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Washington|
|The total has gone UNDER in 8 of NY Giants's last 11 games when playing Washington|
|NY Giants is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Washington|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of NY Giants's last 5 games when playing on the road against Washington|
|Washington is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games|
|Washington is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games|
|The total has gone OVER in 6 of Washington's last 7 games|
|Washington is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games at home|
|Washington is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games at home|
|The total has gone OVER in 11 of Washington's last 15 games at home|
|Washington is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games when playing NY Giants|
|Washington is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing NY Giants|
|The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Washington's last 11 games when playing NY Giants|
|Washington is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against NY Giants|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games when playing at home against NY Giants|
|Orleans Darkwa||RB||Prob Thurs - Hamstring - 11/22/17||Darkwa is expected to play against the Redskins on Thursday despite battling a hamstring injury.|
|Jason Pierre-Paul||DE||Prob Thurs - Knee - 11/23/17||Pierre-Paul has a knee injury but it is not expected to hinder his availability for Thursday's matchup against the Redskins.|
|Dalvin Tomlinson||DT||Prob Thurs - Ankle - 11/23/17||Tomlinson is bothered by an ankle injury but will likely take the field for Thursday's game against the Redskins.|
|Jonathan Casillas||LB||Ques Thurs - Neck - 11/22/17||Casillas is hampered by a neck injury and it is unknown if it will prevent him from being a participant in Thursday's tilt against the Redskins.|
|Zak DeOssie||LS||Ques Thurs - Shoulder - 11/22/17||DeOssie is battling a trapezius injury and it is unknown if it will obstruct his availability against the Redskins on Thursday.|
|Damon Harrison||DT||Ques Thurs - Ankle - 11/21/17||Harrison is dealing with an ankle injury and it is unknown if he will play against the Redskins on Thursday.|
|Olivier Vernon||DE||Ques Thurs - Shoulder - 11/21/17||Vernon left the last game with a shoulder injury and his status Thursday against the Redskins is in question.|
|Kelvin Sheppard||LB||Ques Thurs - Groin - 11/21/17||Sheppard sat out the last game due to a groin injury and it is unclear if he will play Thursday against the Redskins.|
|Calvin Munson||LB||Doub Thurs - Quadricep - 11/23/17||Munson is nursing a quadriceps injury and is unlikely to suit up Thursday against the Redskins.|
|Sterling Shepard||WR||Doub Thurs - Migraine - 11/23/17||Shepard missed the last game due to migraines and is unlikely to play against the Redskins on Thursday.|
|D.J. Fluker||G||Out Thurs - Toe - 11/22/17||Fluker has a toe injury and will not play Thursday against the Redskins.|
|Justin Pugh||G||Out Thurs - Back - 11/21/17||Pugh has a back injury and will not play Thursday against the Redskins.|
|B.J. Goodson||LB||Out Thurs - Ankle - 11/22/17||Goodson missed his third-straight game with an ankle injury and will not suit up against the Redskins on Thursday.|
|Valentino Blake||CB||Out indefinitely - Personal - 8/24/17||Blake is away from the team tending to a personal matter and will miss an undetermined amount of time.|
|Nigel Harris||LB||I-R - Ribs - 11/7/17||Harris has been designated for injured reserve with a ribs injury.|
|Keenan Robinson||LB||I-R - Quadricep - 11/14/17||Robinson suffered an injured quadriceps and is on the injured reserve list.|
|Romeo Okwara||DE||I-R - Knee - 10/17/17||Okwara has landed on the injured reserve list with a sprained MCL in his knee.|
|Brandon Marshall||WR||I-R - Ankle - 10/10/17||Marshall has been placed on injured reserve due to left ankle surgery.|
|Dwayne Harris||WR||I-R - Foot - 10/9/17||Harris is on injured reserve due to a fracture of his fifth metatarsal in his foot.|
|Weston Richburg||C||Ques Week 17 - Concussion - 11/4/17||Richburg has landed on injured reserve as he works his way through the NFL's concussion protocol. It is unknown if he will be activated when first eligible against the Redskins on New Year's Eve.|
|Odell Beckham Jr||WR||I-R - Ankle - 10/9/17||Beckham Jr. has been designated for the injured reserve list due to season-ending surgery to repair a fractured left ankle.|
|J.T. Thomas||LB||Ques Thurs - Groin - 11/21/17||Thomas has landed on injured reserve with a groin issue. He can be activated as early as Thursday against the Redskins.|
|Josh Banks||DT||I-R - Shoulder - 9/2/17||Banks has been placed on the injured reserve list with a shoulder injury.|
|Mark Herzlich||LB||I-R - Stinger - 9/2/17||Herzlich is battling a stinger and is on injured reserve.|
|Evan Schwan||DE||I-R - Foot - 8/28/17||Schwan has been designated for the injured reserve list with a broken foot.|
|Keeon Johnson||WR||I-R - Foot - 8/19/17||Johnson has been placed on the injured reserve with a broken foot.|
|Ishaq Williams||DE||I-R - Knee - 8/7/17||Williams has been placed on injured reserve while he recovers from offseason knee surgery.|
|Zach Brown||LB||Prob Thurs - Achilles - 11/22/17||Brown will likely take part in Thursday's game against the Giants despite an injury to his Achilles.|
|Samaje Perine||RB||Prob Thurs - Finger - 11/22/17||Perine hurt his finger but will likely suit up Thursday against the Giants.|
|Quinton Dunbar||CB||Prob Thurs - Illness - 11/21/17||Dunbar sat out the previous game due to an illness but is likely to be available against the Giants on Thursday.|
|Brian Quick||WR||Prob Thurs - Concussion - 11/21/17||Quick is going through the league-mandated concussion protocol but is lining up to be cleared in time for Thursday's game against the Giants.|
|Ryan Anderson||LB||Ques Thurs - Knee - 11/21/17||Anderson is bothered by a knee injury and it is unknown if it will prevent him from playing Thursday against the Giants.|
|Ryan Grant||WR||Ques Thurs - Calf - 11/21/17||Grant is hampered by a calf injury and it is uncertain if it will deter him from being available Thursday against the Giants.|
|Matt Ioannidis||DL||Ques Thurs - Hand - 11/21/17||Ioannidis was confined to a limited role in practice with injuries to his hand and thigh, leaving his status against the Giants on Thursday up in the air.|
|Anthony Lanier II||DL||Ques Thurs - Knee - 11/21/17||Lanier II is experiencing soreness in his knee and his status has not yet been solidified for Thursday's game against the Giants.|
|Morgan Moses||T||Ques Thurs - Ankle - 11/21/17||Moses is experiencing soreness in both ankles and it is undetermined if it will hinder his availability for Thursday's contest against the Giants.|
|Ty Nsekhe||T||Ques Thurs - Abdominal - 11/21/17||Nsekhe is dealing with a core muscle injury and his availability for Thursday's game against the Giants has yet to be determined.|
|Brandon Scherff||G||Ques Thurs - Knee - 11/21/17||Scherff is debilitated with a knee injury and it is uncertain if it will deter him from suiting up against the Giants on Thursday.|
|Martrell Spaight||LB||Doub Thurs - Ankle - 11/22/17||Spaight is nursing an ankle injury and is not expected to play in Thursday's game against the Giants.|
|Trent Williams||T||Doub Thurs - Knee - 11/22/17||Williams is battling a knee injury and it will likely obstruct his availability against the Giants on Thursday.|
|Chase Roullier||C||Out Thurs - Hand - 11/21/17||Roullier is dealing with a hand injury and will not line up against the Giants on Thursday.|
|Montae Nicholson||S||Out Thurs - Concussion - 11/22/17||Nicholson left the last game to be evaluated for a concussion and will not be able to clear protocol prior to Thursday's contest against the Giants.|
|Terrell McClain||DL||Out Thurs - Toe - 11/22/17||McClain left the the previous game with an injured toe and will not suit up Thursday against the Giants.|
|Jordan Reed||TE||Out Thurs - Hamstring - 11/22/17||Reed has been held out of the previous three games with a hamstring injury and will not return against the Giants on Thursday.|
|Shawn Lauvao||G||I-R - Neck - 11/21/17||Lauvao is on injured reserve with a neck injury.|
|Chris Thompson||RB||I-R - Leg - 11/21/17||Thompson suffered a fractured right fibula and is on the injured reserve list.|
|Terrelle Pryor Sr.||WR||I-R - Ankle - 11/21/17||Pryor Sr. had his ankle scoped and is on the injured reserve list.|
|T.J. Clemmings||T||I-R - Ankle - 11/16/17||Clemmings is on the injured reserve with an ankle injury.|
|Spencer Long||C||I-R - Quadricep - 11/23/17||Long is on the injured reserve list due to a quadriceps tendon injury.|
|Rob Kelley||RB||I-R - Ankle - 11/14/17||Kelley has landed on the injured reserve list due to a high-ankle sprain and a sprained MCL.|
|Will Compton||LB||I-R - Foot - 11/14/17||Compton has been placed on the injured reserve list with a Lisfranc sprain in his foot.|
|Arthur Jones||DL||I-R - Shoulder - 11/11/17||Jones is on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.|
|Mason Foster||LB||I-R - Shoulder - 10/29/17||Foster has been placed on injured reserve due to a torn labrum in his shoulder.|
|Dustin Hopkins||K||I-R - Hip - 10/17/17||Hipkins has landed on the injured reserve list due to a right hip rotator muscle sprain.|
|Jonathan Allen||DL||I-R - Foot - 10/19/17||Allen has been designated for the injured reserve list due to a lisfranc sprain in his foot.|
|Phil Taylor Sr.||DL||I-R - Quadricep - 9/3/17||Taylor Sr. has a quadriceps injury and is on the injured reserve list.|
|Su'a Cravens||S||I-R - Knee - 9/18/17||Cravens had offseason surgery to trim the meniscus in his knee and is on the Injured Reserve/Left Squad list.|
|Kevin Bowen||T||I-R - Ankle - 8/14/17||Bowen is on injured reserve with a left ankle injury.|
|Keith Marshall||RB||I-R - Knee - 8/1/17||Marshall has been placed on injured reserve after having surgery to repair a torn right patellar tendon.|
|Trent Murphy||LB||I-R - Knee - 8/13/17||Murphy suffered an ACL and MLC tear and will spend the entire 2017 season on the injured reserve list.|
|1/1/17||NYG (19) - WAS (10)||-9/47.5||NYG/U||332||161||171||284||38||246|
|9/25/16||WAS (29) - NYG (27)||-3.5/47||WAS/O||457||120||337||403||90||313|
|11/29/15||NYG (14) - WAS (20)||1/47.5||WAS/U||332||33||299||407||105||302|
|9/24/15||WAS (21) - NYG (32)||-3/45||NYG/O||363||84||279||393||88||305|
|12/14/14||WAS (13) - NYG (24)||-7/46.5||NYG/U||287||49||238||372||144||228|
|9/25/14||NYG (45) - WAS (14)||-3/44.5||NYG/O||449||154||295||329||86||243|
|12/29/13||WAS (6) - NYG (20)||-3.5/44||NYG/U||278||122||156||251||91||160|
|12/1/13||NYG (24) - WAS (17)||-1/45.5||NYG/U||286||80||206||323||139||184|
|12/3/12||NYG (16) - WAS (17)||2.5/50||WAS/U||390||117||273||370||207||163|
|10/21/12||WAS (23) - NYG (27)||-6.5/51.5||WAS/U||393||64||329||480||248||232|
N.Y. Giants Last 10
|11/12/17||@ SF||L 21-31||-3/41.5||L/O||-100||-72||-28||-1.9||-0.7||-4.5|
|10/15/17||@ DEN||W 23-10||13.5/37.5||W/U||-146||102||-248||-0.6||1.9||-0.6|
|10/1/17||@ TB||L 23-25||2.5/45.5||W/O||-55||-20||-35||-2.2||-1.6||-2.6|
|9/24/17||@ PHI||L 24-27||5/43||W/O||61||-144||205||1.4||-2.1||2.6|
|9/10/17||@ DAL||L 3-19||6/46.5||L/U||-159||-94||-65||-0.9||-1.2||-1.5|
Washington Last 10
|11/19/17||@ NO||L 31-34||9.5/52.5||W/O||-79||-4||-75||-1.3||-2.2||0.2|
|11/5/17||@ SEA||W 17-14||8/44.5||W/U||-193||-97||-96||-1.5||-3.1||-0.2|
|10/23/17||@ PHI||L 24-34||5/48.5||L/O||-27||-52||25||-0.5||0.3||-3.0|
|10/2/17||@ KC||L 20-29||6.5/48||L/O||-98||-57||-41||0.3||-1.2||2.1|
|9/17/17||@ LAR||W 27-20||3/46.5||W/O||53||132||-79||-1.2||1.5||-3.6|