Redskins 23

(3-4, 2-2 away)

Giants 27

(5-2, 3-1 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, October 21, 2012

MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ 

1 2 3 4 T
WSH 3 10 0 1023
NYG 0 13 0 1427

Top Performers

Passing: E. Manning (NYG) - 337 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: A. Morris (WSH) - 22 CAR, 120 YDS

Receiving: V. Cruz (NYG) - 7 REC, 131 YDS, 1 TD

Redskins-Giants Preview


The setting for Robert Griffin III's introduction to NFC East play couldn't be any bigger -- on the road against the defending Super Bowl champions.

Griffin's Washington Redskins actually swept two meetings from the New York Giants without him last year, and the electrifying rookie will play his first division game in this rivalry Sunday.

Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora jokingly referred to Griffin as 'Bob Griffin' in the offseason because he believed the much-hyped rookie needed to earn his nickname of 'RG3.'

After Griffin threw for 182 yards and one score and ran for 138 and two more in last Sunday's 38-26 win over Minnesota, Umenyiora was singing a different tune.

"We're going to have our work cut out for us," Umenyiora said. "I actually stopped by the facility and saw some tape of him and I was just like, 'Wow, this guy's an amazing talent.' It's going to be a big test for us to keep him under control."

Griffin, who ran for a 76-yard touchdown that helped clinch the win over the Vikings, said he didn't take Umenyiora's words seriously.

"Osi is a guy that has proven himself in this league," Griffin said. "He's a sack-master; he's done a lot of great things over his career. I didn't mind it at all. I got where he was coming from."

Griffin ranks 15th among all players with 379 rushing yards to top all quarterbacks, and his six touchdowns on the ground are second to Houston's Arian Foster. While his running prowess hasn't been too surprising, Griffin also leads the NFL in completion percentage at 70.2.

"He picks things up very quickly, he's very sharp, he's very attentive, he works extremely hard to get the offense down, he prepares extremely well," coach Mike Shanahan said. "He has picked it up a lot faster than I thought he would or thought he could."

New York (4-2) is one game ahead of Washington (3-3) and Philadelphia, which is off this week, for the division lead. The Giants are 0-2 in NFC East play and 2-5 in division home games all-time at MetLife Stadium.

"We haven't done very well in the division," coach Tom Coughlin acknowledged. "So, if we're going to do something in the division, we've got to get going."

The Giants' priority will be to slow down a Redskins' running game ranked second in the league at 166.0 yards per game. New York had no problems stopping San Francisco's top-ranked rushing attack in last week's 26-3 victory, limiting the 49ers to a season-low 80 yards on the ground.

New York's pass rush also came alive with a season-high six sacks after producing eight over the first five contests. Now those rushers will have to try to chase down Griffin.

"Against a team like this, an offense like this, you have to be very focused on our keys, everybody has to be on the same page," Giants defensive end Justin Tuck said.

These teams are tied for third in the league with 178 points, with the Giants third in the NFL at 421.0 yards per game and the Redskins fifth at 408.3.

Eli Manning's 1,772 passing yards are the NFL's third-highest total, but his problems against Washington last year were part of the reason New York dropped both meetings. Manning had no touchdowns and four interceptions in those games -- two of three all season in which he failed to throw a touchdown.

"They play good defense, they had a good scheme versus us last year, even prior to that," Manning said. "They do some things a little bit different, which have given us some trouble."

Manning's statement may not be accurate this year since Washington ranks last in the league in pass defense, allowing 328.3 yards per game. Safety Brandon Meriweather will miss his fourth straight game with a knee injury.

New York's offense also figures to be boosted by a revitalized Ahmad Bradshaw, who has 316 yards on the ground over the last two weeks after finishing 2011 with one 100-yard effort. Bradshaw is expected to play despite missing practice Wednesday with a foot injury.

The Giants' defense, meanwhile, will get its first look at Redskins rookie running back Alfred Morris, fourth in the league with 538 yards.

New York's defensive front will be bolstered if Chris Canty makes his season debut after being out due to offseason knee surgery. Fellow tackle Rocky Bernard has missed the last two games with a quadriceps injury.

The Giants had won six straight in this series before last year.

"It's a team that has given us a lot of trouble and it's always a dogfight playing them regardless whether we win or they win," Tuck said. "So we know what kind of game we're expecting."


Passing Leaders

K. Cousins67.049172512
T. Way100.03100
E. Manning63.040272616

Rushing Leaders

R. Kelley1687044.26
M. Jones994604.63
R. Jennings1815933.33
P. Perkins1124564.10

Receiving Leaders

P. Garcon79104113.23
D. Jackson56100517.94
O. Beckham Jr.101136713.510
S. Shepard6568310.58

Team Averages & NFL Ranks

Total YardsWSH
Yards PassingWSH
Yards RushingWSH
Yards AllowedWSH
Pass Yds AllowedWSH
Rush Yds AllowedWSH

Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)

NY Giants leads 16-8
Dec 18, 2011WSH 23, @NYG 10
Sep 11, 2011WSH 28, NYG 14
Jan 2, 2011WSH 14, NYG 17
Dec 5, 2010WSH 7, @NYG 31
Dec 21, 2009WSH 12, NYG 45
Sep 13, 2009WSH 17, @NYG 23
Nov 30, 2008WSH 7, NYG 23
Sep 4, 2008WSH 7, @NYG 16
Dec 16, 2007WSH 22, @NYG 10
Sep 23, 2007WSH 17, NYG 24
Dec 30, 2006WSH 28, NYG 34
Oct 8, 2006WSH 3, @NYG 19
Dec 24, 2005WSH 35, NYG 20
Oct 30, 2005WSH 0, @NYG 36
Dec 5, 2004WSH 31, NYG 7
Sep 19, 2004WSH 14, @NYG 20
Dec 7, 2003WSH 20, @NYG 7
Sep 21, 2003WSH 21, NYG 24
Dec 8, 2002WSH 21, NYG 27
Nov 17, 2002WSH 17, @NYG 19
Oct 28, 2001WSH 35, NYG 21
Oct 7, 2001WSH 9, @NYG 23

Research Notes

No quarterback has had more rushes by design this season than Robert Griffin III. Griffin has been more susceptible to hits on designed runs, taking contact on nearly 75 percent of those plays. When Griffin has scrambled this season, he has taken contact on 35 percent of his attempts.
The Redskins were able to take away stretch passes from the Giants last season, holding Eli Manning to 10-of-26 (38.5 percent) on throws more than 10 yards downfield with three interceptions. Manning has no interceptions on such throws against the Cowboys or Eagles since the start of last season.

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