Analysis: They have called him Bob Griffin, Sir Robert Griffin and a few have recognized him as RGIII. The Giants defense has gone back and forth on the respect they are giving the young Redskins quarterback. Jason Pierre-Paul went so far as to reiterate not to run to his side. Osi Umenyiora asked why everyone in the NFL is giving such a cool nickname such as RGIII to a rookie who has only played six games in his NFL career. Whatever the Giants defense says to the media, inside the locker room they know this is the greatest dual threat quarterback they will face all season. One can only wonder the type of problems RGIII will possess for oppossing defenses when he has a few more snaps under center and a few years under his NFL belt. He seems to be the obvious choice to replace Eli Manning as the franchise quarterback in the NFC East in the next 5-7 years when Manning has moved on.
But Eli is still here, and isn't new to this rivalry. The Redskins got the best of Manning and the Giants last season both times they met, the second serving as the final loss the Giants suffered last year before going on to win the Super Bowl. The Redskins defense has struggled at times this year and it only seems obvious that Manning will have success against them. Hakeem Nicks practiced again this week and will be much improved from his quiet game last week. Ahmad Bradshaw suffered a good beating last week at the hands and helmets of the 49ers and is listed as questionable, which could loom large for the Giants who have had two very good weeks on the ground. If he can't go, Andre Brown and David Wilson will take the handoffs from Manning. The Giants defense gets back defensive tackle Chris Canty who practiced for the first time this week after serving the first six weeks on the PUP list. Canty will only improve the Giants fearsome pass rush that got things going last week. Moving him inside will allow Pierre-Paul to play more on the outside, something offenses are not excited about.
Alfred Morris will be the key to the Redskins offense. The Giants have guys on defense who will be able to contain RGIII and pass rushers that can get to him and bottle him up. Morris must find some success running the ball or it will be a long day for the Redskins, as it was for the 49ers last weekend against the Giants when Frank Gore could not get things going on the ground, forcing the 49ers to throw it a lot and opening lanes for the best defensive front in the league. Pierre Garcon has the ability to be an elite receiver in this league, as he showcased in Week 1 against the Saints. Without him and Brian Orakpo on defense, the Redskins will face an uphill battle against the best team in their division, and possibly the NFC. Robert Griffin III will give Giants fans fits for years to come, so they better enjoy it while he is still a rookie and learning how to adjust to defenses.
Prediction: Eli and Tom Coughlin are not going to let Bob Griffin, Sir Robert Griffin or RGIII slow them down as they try to seperate themselves from the NFC East with a win. They lost to the Redskins twice last year and I can't see the Redskins being able to slow down the Giants and Manning.