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DeAngelo Hall's last impression of the New York Giants is of the team that shredded the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night.
The Washington Redskins defensive back was impressed. But Hall steadfastly believes the Redskins are equipped to beat the defending Super Bowl champions.
"We match up good against these guys," Hall said in a conference call with reporters on Wednesday. "They are rolling right now. They are a great football team but we feel like we match up well against them. We definitely look forward to getting back on the field and coming out with a win."
The last time the Giants and Redskins faced each other on Oct. 21 at MetLife Stadium, Eli Manning hit Victor Cruz on a 77-yard bomb for a game-winning touchdown with 1:13 remaining to stun the Redskins, 27-23. The Redskins had just taken a 23-20 lead 19 seconds earlier on a Robert Griffin III touchdown pass to Santana Moss.
Manning had explained that he and Cruz saw something in the Redskins defense in the first half that they could exploit later and they took advantage on the 77-yard strike.
Hall reiterated on the conference call that it did not take a rocket scientist to figure out how to beat a blown coverage by the Redskins.
"Like I said, I could have made that throw," Hall said. "Eli has made a lot of great throws in his career. But it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out the guy was wide open. They won the game, can't take anything from them. They beat us. Definitely we won't blow that again this time. That is for sure."
Cruz said he does not expect Hall's "rocket scientist" comment to be a source of inspiration for the Giants this week leading up to the Redskins game.
"It didn't take a rocket scientist to throw the ball or me to catch it," Cruz said. "So, it wasn't that difficult but it was something that was done. The guys were in coverage, they were chasing after me, they were in position to potentially make plays on the ball, but unfortunately for them, they didn't do so.
"It wasn't like (they) just sat back and gave us the ball and gave us the win."
The Giants (7-4) can put a stranglehold on the NFC East by sweeping the Redskins (5-6). With New Orleans, road games at Atlanta and Baltimore and a season-finale against Philadelphia remaining on their schedule, the Giants can use all the cushion they can get.
Cruz figures he will face a Redskins team determined to shut him down.
"Obviously, they're not happy about it," Cruz said of his game-winning touchdown back in October. "They felt like they had the game won and we turned around and scored, then they had the fumble at the end of the game to basically solidify it for us. They're not going to be happy about it, man.
"I think it's going to be a rough environment in Washington," Cruz continued. "I think they're definitely going to be angry."
The Redskins swept the Giants last season and that was with Rex Grossman at quarterback. This season, Griffin gave the Giants all they could handle and then some in their first meeting when he completed 20 of 28 passes for 258 yards and two touchdowns and an interception while also running for 89 yards.
The Redskins, though, fumbled three times in that game. That is part of the reason why Hall believes that was "definitely a game that we felt like we let get away from us."
Hall says Griffin has only gotten better since playing the Giants. The rookie sensation has thrown four touchdowns in each of his last two games and has completed a staggering 34-of-43 passes during that span.
And that's just one major reason why Hall is confident about how the Redskins match up with the defending champs on Monday night.
"Personnel-wise, that is the reason we've won two of the last three times and had them right where we wanted them until we gave up that 77-yard play," Hall said. "Personnel-wise we know them, they know us. We like our matchups. It will be a nice drag-out fight."