Giants will scalp the Skins

The first game of the NFL season is always exciting and this year is no different.  The defending champions the New York Giants take on the Washington Redskins.  The Giants could not have asked for a better match-up to start the season as they should easily take car of the Skins.

Although, the Giants will be missing five defensive regulars from last year they should be able to hold off Washington and win easily.  Much has been made of the retirement of Michael Strahan and the season ending injury to Osi Umenyiora.  However, the Giants are poised to replace these two all-pros adequately.  The emergence of Justin Tuck over the last couple years combined with his coming out party in last years Superbowl means he is ready to contribute big time.  The other end position will showcase promising youngster Mathias Kiwanuka.  Coming out of Boston College he was considered one of the best pass rushers available during the 2006 draft.  At the time when the Giants picked him many critics questions why they would add another pass rusher to a team that was loaded at that position, the answer is for times like this when injuries strike. Kiwanuka played out of position last year and was injured; now fresh start at his natural position should be good news for him.

The Redskins at this point seem to be a team in transition.  They have a rookie coach in Jim Zorn and a young and relatively inexperienced quarterback in Jason Campbell.  They have the potential to have a good season but will undoubtedly be starting out the year at 0-1.  The smart money is on the Giants to win the first game against their division opponents.