One of the oddities of the Washington Redskins’ 2011 season was that they beat the New York Giants twice. The Giants went on to win a Super Bowl title. The Redskins had only three other victories all season.
Now the teams are preparing for their first meeting this season Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J., with a share of first place in the NFC East on the line. The Giants lead the division after raising their record to 4-2 with Sunday’s 26-3 triumph at San Francisco. The Redskins beat the Minnesota Vikings, 38-26, on Sunday to even their record at 3-3, putting them in a second-place tie with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Veteran wide receiver Santana Moss said Monday that the Redskins’ two wins over the Giants last season are meaningless now.
“It’s going to be a big game regardless because they’re in our division and they’re the Giants,” Moss said in a conference call with reporters. “They’re a pretty good team and they’re Super Bowl champs. We won two games last year against them and we didn’t do nothing after that. We went home and watched them play in the Super Bowl.”
Cornerback DeAngelo Hall said last season’s games, if anything, help the Giants.
“I think they have a little chip on their shoulder,” Hall said. “I don’t think it does anything positive for us. There’s no sneaking up on them now. They know we’re for real. They’re going to definitely bring their ‘A’ game to us. Their defense is going to try to hit Rob [Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III]. There’s no ifs, ands or buts about it. They know as he goes, we go. So they’re going to definitely try to be physical with him.
“But defensively, like I said, we feel good against these guys. We feel like we match up pretty well against them. We feel like we can do some things to kind of confuse Eli [Manning, the Giants quarterback] in the passing game. If we can just stop their running game and turn them into a one-dimensional football team, we’ll be all right up there in New York.”
Sunday’s matchup with the Giants is the Redskins’ first NFC East game of the season. It also begins a two-game stretch of difficult road games at New York and Pittsburgh.
“Going to New York and going to Pittsburgh these next couple weeks, it’s not going to get any easier,” Hall said in the conference call Monday, a day off for Redskins players on the heels of their win Sunday. “But we love playing on the road just as much as we love playing at home. So there’s nothing better than taking our 60, 70 guys, coaches included, and going into somebody else’s stadium and silencing that crowd. We feel like we match up well against the Giants. They played a great football game. We’ll start watching film on those guys today and start coming up with a game plan to try to execute against them.”
The Giants are 0-2 in divisional play, with losses to the Dallas Cowboys and the Eagles.