Giants TE Jeremy Shockey vs. Redskins S Sean Taylor
After a mediocre, injury-plagued 2003 season, tight end Jeremy Shockey led the Giants with 61 receptions last year and is on pace for another big season. He's averaging 17 yards a catch, by far the best among NFL tight ends, and is becoming a key go-to guy for Manning. Redskins second-year safety Sean Taylor likely will be shadowing him for much of the day. He's been hobbled a bit this week by a sprained ankle and may need some help to cover one of the most physical and dangerous tight ends in the game.
Giants DE Michael Strahan vs. Redskins T Jon Jansen
Strahan is regarded as one of the league's premier pass rushing defensive ends and seems to have recovered from a torn pectoral muscle that forced him to miss the last eight games of the season. Jansen, one of the best tackles in the NFL, has waged many man-to-man battles against Strahan over the years and likely will have one of his casts on one of his thumbs removed before today. Jansen has played most of the season with a cast on each thumb after breaking them in consecutive weeks.
Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey, who led New York in receptions last year with 61, is averaging 17 yards per catch this season.