8:30 PM ET, December 3, 2012
FedEx Field, Landover, MD
The Washington Redskins rookie superstar believes he may be even more lethal in this rematch.
Griffin and the Redskins can win their third straight Monday night as they try to pull within one game of the Giants in the NFC East race.
The No. 2 overall draft pick's introduction to divisional play was a 27-23 loss at New York (7-4) on Oct. 21. He completed 20 of 28 passes for 258 yards and two scores and also ran nine times for 89 yards.
"It's a game we felt we should have won," Griffin said. "And we didn't win it, they got the win in their column and we got the loss."
That contest started a three-game slide for Washington (5-6), which has bounced back with consecutive NFC East victories behind its quarterback. Griffin threw four TD passes in each win in a five-day span over Philadelphia and Dallas, with the Redskins totaling 69 points.
"He is one of the best dual threats in our game today and we're going to have our hands full trying to stop that guy," Giants defensive end Justin Tuck said.
Griffin has doubled his season touchdown pass total over his last two games. Fellow rookie Aldrick Robinson has two TD catches in that span while Pierre Garcon, who missed the first meeting with a foot injury, is back and caught a 59-yard touchdown pass from Griffin in last Thursday's 38-31 win over the Cowboys.
New York allowed 248 yards rushing in October -- its highest total yielded in three seasons. The Redskins are second in the NFL with 162.9 rushing yards per game behind rookie Alfred Morris, and now Griffin believes their passing attack is improved.
"The things they faced facing us the last time with the running game are still there but we've added elements in the passing game that make us more dangerous," Griffin said. "So they'll prepare for that and we'll see what happens."
While Griffin excelled the last time these teams met, the contest will be remembered for Eli Manning's game-winning 77-yard touchdown pass to Victor Cruz with 1:13 left. It came 19 seconds after Griffin hit Santana Moss for a 30-yard go-ahead score.
Manning received plenty of credit for the clutch play, but not from DeAngelo Hall. The cornerback said the defense blew the coverage, and that the Redskins "gave him that play."
Hall repeated his claim Wednesday.
"I could've made that throw," Hall said. "Eli's made a lot of great throws in his career, but like I said, it didn't take a rocket scientist to figure out the guy was wide-open."
Not surprisingly, the Giants had a different viewpoint of the play.
"It was something that wasn't given to us," said Cruz, who is tied for the NFC lead with eight touchdown receptions. "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."
Although Washington is allowing 301.4 passing yards per game for the second-worst mark in the NFL, Hall believes his defense matches up well against Manning. There may be something to that claim since the two-time Super Bowl MVP had only one touchdown to eight interceptions in a five-game stretch against the Redskins, including last month's contest before his strike to Cruz.
The pass to Cruz was Manning's last TD before a three-game stretch without one. The quarterback emphatically ended his drought Sunday with three scores and 249 yards as New York returned from the bye with a dominant 38-10 victory over Green Bay.
One negative for New York was that running back Andre Brown was lost for the season with a broken leg. Brown only has 385 yards, but he leads the NFC with eight TDs on the ground.
That opens the door for rookie first-round pick David Wilson to get more action. Wilson carried a season-high six times for 13 yards last Sunday.
"It's his time," coach Tom Coughlin said. "The timing as far as where he's coming from couldn't be any better, I don't think."
The Giants had a five-game win streak at FedEx Field snapped with a season-opening 28-14 loss last year. New York is two games in front of Dallas and Washington in the East.
"I think the stadium will be rocking, it'll be a great atmosphere Monday night," Manning said. "And it's a huge game for us, a chance to build a little bit more lead in the division for us."
Giants-Redskins: What to watch
After watching film of both teams, Scouts Inc. breaks down key elements of the Week 13 Giants-Redskins matchup.
• Is the Giants' pass rush finally back? We saw a revival of the NASCAR pass rush versus the Packers, with four athletic guys rushing and seven dropping into coverage. For example, OLB Mathias Kiwanuka played a lot at DT, where he is an athletic mismatch for most offensive linemen. And when they get opposing offenses in pass situations, the Giants can tee it up. When the pass rush is going well, it protects the back end of this pass defense because the DBs do not have to hold their coverages too long. The Giants can exploit this Redskins O-line, but they must also set the edge, show good gap discipline and not let Robert Griffin III get outside on scrambles.
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|Avg Points Allowed||20.3||25.1|
Team Averages & NFL Ranks
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Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)
|NY Giants leads 16-8|
|Oct 21, 2012||NYG 27, WSH 23|
|Dec 18, 2011||NYG 10, WSH 23|
|Sep 11, 2011||NYG 14, @WSH 28|
|Jan 2, 2011||NYG 17, @WSH 14|
|Dec 5, 2010||NYG 31, WSH 7|
|Dec 21, 2009||NYG 45, @WSH 12|
|Sep 13, 2009||NYG 23, WSH 17|
|Nov 30, 2008||NYG 23, @WSH 7|
|Sep 4, 2008||NYG 16, WSH 7|
|Dec 16, 2007||NYG 10, WSH 22|
|Sep 23, 2007||NYG 24, @WSH 17|
|Dec 30, 2006||NYG 34, @WSH 28|
|Oct 8, 2006||NYG 19, WSH 3|
|Dec 24, 2005||NYG 20, @WSH 35|
|Oct 30, 2005||NYG 36, WSH 0|
|Dec 5, 2004||NYG 7, @WSH 31|
|Sep 19, 2004||NYG 20, WSH 14|
|Dec 7, 2003||NYG 7, WSH 20|
|Sep 21, 2003||NYG 24, @WSH 21|
|Dec 8, 2002||NYG 27, @WSH 21|
|Nov 17, 2002||NYG 19, WSH 17|
|Oct 28, 2001||NYG 21, @WSH 35|
|Oct 7, 2001||NYG 23, WSH 9|
From Elias: When Robert Griffin III starts on Monday Night Football against the Giants in Week 13, he'll become just the 4th rookie quarterback drafted in the top-5 overall to start on Monday Night Football. Only one of the previous three, Terry Bradshaw, won the game.[+]
The Giants have recorded 16 sacks when rushing four or fewer over their last six games, with Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck accounting for 7.0. The Giants recorded three sacks with such pressure in their first five games, with Pierre-Paul and Tuck accounting for 1.0.[+]
Giants Defense Sending 4 or Fewer Pass Rushers - This Season
If Eli Manning had a tired arm, the bye week might have been the perfect cure. Manning went 5-of-9 on throws more than 10 yards downfield in Week 12 against the Packers after failing to complete more than 36.4 of those throws in each of his last three games before the bye week.[+]
Eli Manning Passing More Than 10 Yards Downfield - Last 4 Games
Robert Griffin III has had the third-highest dropback percentage against four or fewer rushers this season (79.2 percent), but has taken advantage of the limited chances against extra rushers. Griffin has thrown half of his touchdowns against five or more rushers in 175 fewer attempts, including what would have been the winning touchdown to Santana Moss in Week 7 against the Giants.[+]
Robert Griffin III by No. of Pass Rushers - This Season
Nearly 40 percent of Robert Griffin III's dropbacks this season have come with a play-action fake, the highest rate in the NFL. The Redskins have used play action to stretch the field, with Griffin averaging a league-high 12.2 yards per attempt on such plays.[+]
Robert Griffin III Passing by Play Type - This Season
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