W2W4: Giants vs. Redskins

October, 19, 2012
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It's time for the New York Giants to finally meet Robert Griffin III and see the hype in person.

More importantly, though, the Giants need to get on the board in the division standings. They are 0-2 in the NFC East and really need a division victory. Here's what to watch for on Sunday:

Stop the future: RG3 may very well be the future of football given his incredible speed and talent. But the Giants can’t let him be the present on Sunday and allow him to run all over them the way he did on Minnesota last Sunday.

Griffin had a 76-yard touchdown run that Osi Umenyiora described as “ridiculous.” Of course, JPP did challenge RG3 to run to his side of the defense.

The Giants have faced mobile quarterbacks like Cam Newton, Michael Vick, Tony Romo and even Colin Kaepernick. But Perry Fewell and Tom Coughlin say Griffin is different. The Giants have to contain the edges better than they did against Philadelphia earlier this year.

The Giants, who also have to slow down running back Alfred Morris, may have several battles with Griffin for years to come but they need to give the rookie a rude welcome on Sunday in his first NFC East divisional game.

Salsa time: The Redskins' secondary has been torched several times this season. The Redskins have allowed eight wide receivers or tight ends to go for 100 yards or more receiving. Also, Danny Amendola, Tony Gonzalez, Julio Jones and Percy Harvin have all had 10 or more catches in a game against Washington.

Eli Manning should be able to go to work in this game and find Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks and Domenik Hixon open against Washington’s defense.

Hold the line: The Giants' offensive line has been terrific in pass protection and running the ball.

Ahmad Bradshaw is looking for his third straight 100-yard effort and has scored in his past two games. The Giants’ line is clicking and the protection has been stellar as well. Manning has only been sacked once in the past five games. If the Giants’ line continues to play like this, RG3 may find himself on the sideline a lot more than he would like to be.

Special teams: David Wilson has been electric as a kickoff returner and the Giants are hoping for more of the same. Wilson has often come close to breaking one for a touchdown. He could be key for the Giants on Sunday.

The special teams coverage units will also have to be on point against the dangerous Brandon Banks.

Be elite: The Giants sent a message last Sunday in San Francisco to the league that they are still the defending world champs. But they need to keep the momentum and take care of business at home and in the division against Washington.

The Giants are 0-2 in the NFC East and need to get on the board in the division. A loss will be damaging with only three more divisional games after this. The Giants need to do what elite teams do and that is win at home and win games in the division and put together a nice winning streak.

Tell us what you feel confident about or what worries you for Sunday below.
Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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