Round two between two divisional rivals as the New York Giants head to DC to take on the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football. The Giants hold a two-game lead in the division and a win would give them a commanding lead over the Redskins with five left to play.
When these two teams met back in week seven, Robert Griffin III almost pulled off the upset at Metlife Stadium. Late in the fourth quarter, RGIII hit Santana Moss with a 30-yard touchdown pass to give the Redskins a 23-20 lead. Eli Manning then pulled out another fourth quarter comeback with a 77-yard touchdown pass to Victor Cruz to re-take the lead. A Redskins fumble ended their comeback attempt that afternoon and the Giants escaped with a victory.
The Giants will have a little bit of a different look on offense without Andre Brown. Look for a lot more of first-round pick David Wilson and maybe a little of ex-Redskin Ryan Torain running the ball behind Ahmad Bradshaw. The Giants need to be a balanced team in order to win. When they are, they’re dangerous offensively like they proved last week.
On the Redskins side, RGIII may be the only football player in the world that makes Johnny Football look like a scout team player. Griffin threw for 304 yards and four touchdowns in the Redskins win on Thanksgiving against the Dallas Cowboys. Alfred Morris, the Redskins rookie running back, added 113 on the ground and a TD himself. He’d have a good shot at Offensive Rookie of The Year if not for his teammate.
If the Redskins are going to win this game, they need to make the Giants one dimensional offensively and hit on big pass plays against a secondary that has the propensity to give them up.
For the Giants, they need to stay balanced and figure out a way to limit RG III’s big play ability. They also need Kenny Phillips to be healthy in the secondary. At the time of this post, he sat out practice with a reoccurring knee issue. The Giants three safety look is a key to their defense.