As the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants prepare for today's 1 p.m. ET NFC East showdown at MetLife Stadium, here's one reason for Redskins fans to feel good and one reason for Giants fans to do the same.
Redskins feeling good: They have a ton of confidence as a result of having beaten the Giants twice last year, and they have a rookie quarterback, Robert Griffin III, whom the Giants haven't seen and for whom it's incredibly difficult to prepare. The Redskins have been able to overcome personnel shortcomings in the secondary in recent weeks with game-plan adjustments, and they believe they have a good game plan with which to confuse and combat Giants quarterback Eli Manning. Look for them to use linebackers and even the occasional defensive lineman to help in coverage as they work to shut down portions of the field and limit Manning's ability to pick them apart by rapidly choosing between many good options.
Giants feeling good: The Giants are coming off as impressive of a win as any NFL team has had this year, last week's victory over the 49ers in San Francisco. And while they do have something of a recent history of sleepwalking at home and "playing down" to opponents they should handle (such as last year's Redskins), the Giants have more going for them than they had against Washington last year. Specifically, a running game that ranked 32nd in the league last year ranks ninth in the league this year at 125 yards per game. And while Ahmad Bradshaw missed some practice time with a foot injury last week, they have backup Andre Brown back from his concussion issues and rookie David Wilson looking much better in the run game in recent weeks. So they should be able to keep the Redskins' defense honest by running the ball with success on early downs -- something they could not do last year.