LANDOVER, Md. -- As the Washington Redskins prepare to host the New York Giants on "Monday Night Football" at 8:30 p.m. here at FedEx Field, here's one reason for Giants fans to feel good and one reason for Redskins fans to do the same.
Giants feeling good: It's not November anymore. The Giants salvaged their nemesis month with last Sunday's victory over the Packers and managed to go 1-2 in November and emerge with a two-game division lead. The Packers game, coming off the bye, also was one of their best overall games of the season, and very often these Giants react well when they manage to remind themselves how good they can be. As well as the Redskins have played recently, their defense still ranks 29th in the league overall and 31st against the pass, so Eli Manning and his wide receivers have reason to believe they can build on last week's improvements. The Giants would like to use that Packers victory as a launching pad for their effort to put away the division race, and they feel good about their chances to do just that.
Redskins feeling good: While the 2012 stats say you can throw on the Redskins, Manning and his crew have found that difficult over the past two years. In his past three games against Washington, Manning has thrown six interceptions and just one touchdown pass. The Redskins believe they know how to defend against Manning, generating just enough pressure up front while closing down part of the field so as to limit his options and prevent him from picking them apart with his keen decision-making ability. So the Redskins feel good about their chances to keep the game close, and if they can do that, they feel very good about the chances of their own exceptional rookie quarterback, Robert Griffin III, to find a way to win it for them.