The New York Giants (4-8) and Washington Redskins (6-6) will square off on Sunday afternoon in a Week 14 matchup featuring two NFC East teams headed in very different directions.

The Giants opened the week as 1.5-point road  underdogs, but entering the weekend, they are now at +3.5 at most sportsbooks.

With this matchup on tap, Giants Wire took the opportunity to hold a Q&A with Redskins Wire managing editor Zachary Neel.

Zachary Neel: It would be easy to say that the Redskins’ fall from the NFC East lead is because they lost their starting quarterback in Alex Smith, and much of their downfall can surely be accredited to that. However, I think there is a lot more at work here, and a regression to the mean was inevitable at some point.

If you take a look at the defensive numbers, the Washington front seven has taken a big step back in recent weeks. Where they once were near the top of the league when it came to yards allowed per game, the Redskins now rank 19th in the league. While they still are top 10 in the league when it comes to points allowed per game (21.4) the fact is that this defense can no longer make up for the offensive shortcomings.

Sure the drop off from Alex Smith and Colt McCoy to Mark Sanchez is significant, but I by no means pin the totality of Washington’s downfall on the quarterback play.

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