When the New York Giants and Washington Redskins collide on Monday Night Football this week, the Giants will have an opportunity to practically seal the NFC East…but Big Blue is in for big trouble if they overlook a dangerous Washington Redskins team and their rookie phenom, Robert Griffin III, who have their backs up against the wall.
Griffin can pull his team a single game behind the Giants if he wins this week, and he sounds excited and confident about the opportunity, courtesy of Pro Football Talk:
“I think everybody’s extremely confident,” Griffin said on NFL AM. “Not just by the way we played them last time, but the way we’ve played the last two games. We have that momentum coming with us, and I think everybody’s ready to go.”
Griffin's right; the Redskins outplayed the Giants for much of the game in the first matchup and they have looked like a good team the last two weeks, walloping the Philadelphia Eagles 31-6 and edging the Dallas Cowboys 38-31 on Thanksgiving.
And at the end of the day (royalties to Antrel Rolle), while the Giants may have an opportunity to close out the division early this year, it's hard to argue that the Redskins don't have much, much more riding on this game. And Griffin knows it:
"Once again, it’s a one-game season for us. This is the only game we have and the only game that matters."
This young, excited team is having fun and playing for a NFL postseason berth most of its players have only dreamed of. Add in an electrifying quarterback and a Giants team with a penchant for snoozing their way through games that aren't do-or-die, and you've got a pretty good recipe for a letdown if the Giants let it happen.
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