The New York Giants defense rediscovered their pass rush last Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, sacking quarterback Alex Smith six times and keeping him under constant pressure all game. The pass rushers will face a more difficult challenge in this week's matchup against the Washington Redskins, who are led by rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III.
RGIII, who happens to be a world class track athlete, has proven in the first six games that he is a threat using his legs, but the Giants' defenders don't appear concerned. In fact, defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul had a warning for the rookie QB.
“Don’t bring it to my side,” Pierre-Paul said. “Go the other way.”
In the first six games, RGIII has amassed 379 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. He is clearly the fastest quarterback in the NFL, but the G-men have a fast defense. JPP doesn't believe Griffin has seen a defense of the Giants' speed yet this season.
“Trust me, we chase quarterbacks all time,” Pierre-Paul said. “We turn and run to the ball, no matter what. He may get past us and zoom right past us, but trust me we’re right behind him. You’ve got to respect that too. It’s not all about the speed. We’ve got guys, all 11 guys that can run to the ball very quick. You’d be surprised. Very surprised.”
Justin Tuck will be on the other side of the line attempting to contain Griffin. Tuck admits he has been impressed with what he's seen from RGIII thus far this season, calling him "the most exciting new addition to the NFL."
"He's a game-changer," Tuck added. "They haven't had a good game-changer at quarterback in a while. And he is that."
The Giants have a lot to play for this weekend. Not only do they have to prove they can contain RGIII, but last season the Redskins swept the Giants in their two matchups. If the defense can shut down Griffin, they have a good chance at getting their first victory against a division opponent this season.
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