Baas fired up for 'rival' game against Cards

September, 29, 2011
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The Giants played the Eagles last week. They take on the Cardinals this week.

Which game is bigger? If you ask most Giants fans, it’s a no-brainer -- Philadelphia, without question.

But David Baas is a bit different. Baas signed with the Giants in the offseason after playing three seasons with the 49ers.

So he recognizes the importance of the Eagles game. He’d never downplay it.

But he also views the Cardinals -- his former NFC West foe -- as a rival. So the first-year Giants center is fired up for Sunday.

“I’m definitely looking forward to playing them,” Baas said on Wednesday. “I know everyone else is [pumped up] too, but mine might be a tick higher.”

Baas has played a leading role on the Giants' vastly-improved offensive line.

In Week 1 at Washington, the line struggled, allowing a key pressure at the goal line that led to a tipped pass and interception returned for a touchdown.

Giants backs also ran 20 times for just 75 yards against the Redskins. Ahmad Bradshaw failed to get first downs in two key short-yardage situations in the second half.

Afterward, Baas admitted the Giants line had plenty of work to do.

They made progress in Week 2, when the Giants ran 38 times for 119 yards in a win over St. Louis.

Last week against Philly, the Giants ran 25 times for just 102 yards but the line opened enough space for Bradshaw to catch five passes for 53 yards and a touchdown. Brandon Jacobs also had a 40-yard touchdown reception.

“Our execution has been getting better,” Baas said. “It still is not where it needs to be but I feel like things are being passed of easier – twists, pressures – we’re able to see [them] better and trust each other more.”

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