The Washington Redskins won't be intimidated by the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants when the teams meet at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, October 21 (1:00 p.m. EDT on FOX). With dynamic quarterback Robert Griffin III in the mix, the Redskins (3-3) are a confident bunch. So how will the Giants (4-2) beat their division rivals? Here are three keys to victory for Big Blue.
Answer the Bell -- The Giants have been playing down to the competition at MetLife Stadium this season. They fell far behind the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Cleveland Brown in their previous two home games before rallying to beat both of them. But the Giants are asking for trouble if they fall behind the Redskins, who last season beat New York twice, including a 23-10 decision at MetLife.
Protect Eli -- On the strength of an improved offensive line, the Giants have not allowed a quarterback sack in two games. If the O-line keeps Eli Manning's jersey clean against Washington, he's going to put up big numbers. The Redskins are last in the National Football League at defending the pass. They're yielding 328 yards per game through the air; no other team in the NFL is allowing more than 300 yards per game. The Giants, on the other hand, rank No. 3 in passing offense. You do the math.
Contain RG3 -- File this one under "O" for obvious. RG3 has energized the Redskins' offense (ranked No. 2 in the NFL) with his ability to pass and sprint. The Giants have faced two similar quarterbacks this season in Carolina's Cam Newton and Philly's Michael Vick. They did an outstanding job shutting down Newton, but Vick burned them by getting around the edges. Griffin has rushed for 379 yards and a team-leading six touchdowns. The Giants will take their chances with him throwing the ball.
Adam Martini is a freelance sports writer who proudly wears his Rodney Hampton jersey on Sundays during the football season. He grew up in Queens, N.Y. rooting for the Giants despite being surrounded by Jets fans. Adam follows back Giants fans on Twitter @PegCitySports.
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