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New York Giants Defense Feels More Prepared in Rematch With Washington Redskins

Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE

The New York Giants defense felt they were ready to take on the Washington Redskins and their rookie sensation QB Robert Griffin III in their first meeting during Week 7. Turns out that wasn’t exactly the case.

“I’d say that he’s more a down-the-field passer than I think that people expected him to be,” said Giants LB Mathias Kiwanuka. “He’s got good poise in the pocket and he can also extend the play and look to get the ball down the field, not just the runner that everybody knew that he was coming out.”

This time, however, the Giants think they are more prepared–not because of anything they have seen on film, but from seeing RGIII and the Redskins up close and personal.

Safety Antrel Rolle believes the unit needs to be more physically dominant.

“That’s pretty much it — winning your battle, do your job and make sure you’re the most physical football team and everything else will take care of itself,” Rolle said in a recent interview on WFAN in New York.

The upstart Redskins, by virtue of their recent two game win streak and last week’s victory over the Dallas Cowboys, are considered by many to be the biggest threat in the NFC East to the Giants. A Giants victory Monday night would essentially end any hope the Redskins have of making a run at the division as New York would have a three-game lead over Washington and the tiebreaker advantage for having swept the season series.

First, the Giants will need to find a way to slow down the Redskins dynamic rookie duo of RGIII and RB Alfred Morris, who combined for 209 yards rushing Week 7 at MetLife Stadium in a game the Giants needed Eli Manning‘s fourth quarter magic to pull out when he connected with Victor Cruz on a 77-yard touchdown pass with 1:13 to go in a 27-23 victory.