The New York Giants play the Washington Redskins this Sunday, and Redskins QB Robert Griffin III and his early season success has analysts and fellow players in awe. Apparently, Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul isn’t impressed. He wants Griffin III to know that.
“Don’t bring it to my side. Go the other way.” This was the message Pierre-Paul had for Griffin III. Griffin III’s performance against the Minnesota Vikings was very riveting, but it doesn’t seem as if the defending champions are fazed.
While Pierre-Paul is sending warnings to Griffin III, other members of the Giants are praising him for his multi-dimensional ability. Giants S Antrel Rolle noted his ability to throw the football accurately in addition to his speed. Giants DE Osi Umenyiora initially called him “Bob Griffin,” but is now calling him “Sir Robert.”
Sunday’s match-up can go a number of ways. It may very well end up as a shootout between Griffin III and Giants QB Eli Manning. If the Giants defense is fired up and motivated like they were in San Francisco, this might be a long afternoon for Griffin III.
Griffin III leads the NFL in completion percentage, so the Giants secondary will have their hands full if the pass rush cannot get to him. While the Giants defense did come with their best performance of the season against the San Francisco 49ers, their secondary has been suspect at times.
With all the talking leading up to Sunday’s game, we have not heard from Tom Coughlin on Griffin III. It seems that he is choosing to stay away from praising Griffin III, choosing to possibly be impressed when watching him in person. It is Griffin III’s first division game, so this should teach him what the NFC East is about.