Even though the Redskins are 1-1 and the Giants are 0-2, they're both in the thick of the NFC East race.
The injuries Dallas has sustained and the walkabout Philadelphia is on make the division a blurry mess in which anything could happen.
So when Washington (No. 21 in AP Pro32) visits the 3 1-2-point favorite Giants (tied for 26th in AP Pro32) on Thursday night, plenty is on the line for a September game. The winner can be considered a legitimate threat, at least for now. The loser — not even New York if it falls a third straight time — can be dismissed.
"It's definitely good to hurry up and get another shot," said Giants DE Cullen Jenkins. "It's real frustrating. You want to win every game. To have the chance and be up and just not be able to finish it off, that's the most difficult part of it. You have to move on fast, because you have to gear up for the new game. At the same time, you still feel it.
"We're 0-2 right now, and that's the facts. We've got to get a win ..."