Why? New York defensive lineman Justin Tuck says the Giants just have the Redskins’ number. Tom Coughlin says his team has just been fortunate enough to edge Washington in those close meetings.
The Redskins don’t necessarily disagree with either man.
When asked why the Giants — with whom they share the NFL’s longest-running rivalry — have dominated the past 10 meetings, Washington’s players offer a simple answer.
“They’ve been a better team than us,” inside linebacker London Fletcher says. “They’ve had better personnel. They’ve played better. We haven’t done as well as we’d like to against them. They’ve outplayed us in those games.”
Says safety Reed Doughty: We haven’t played very well. They’ve ran the ball on us. We haven’t run the ball on them. It’s pretty simple. … We didn’t stop the run very well. They’ve had our number. There’s no other way to look at it, how many wins they’ve had in a row on us.”
Fortunately for the Redskins, they have a good idea of what to expect from the Giants since New York has run the same offensive system since Coughlin took over in 2004.
“Running the ball, taking shots when they feel like they can, just playing the way the Giants play,” cornerback DeAngelo Hall said of New York’s gameplan. “I don’t think they’re going to come out and try to air the ball out 40, 50 times. Especially given the weather conditions, it’s going to be a smash-mouth, run-it-down-your-throat football game. They’re going to take their shots and hopefully we can get some chances to make some plays on the ball, but I don’t think they’re going to change who they are, and that’s a run-the-ball type of football team.”
“We know they want to run the football. I think they average about 30-35 rushes a game last year. So they have a great offensive front,” Fletcher said. “Obviously it starts up-front on both sides of the ball. we just got to stop the run and obviously get them in third-and-long situations.”