The New York Giants didnâ€™t have much time to enjoy Sunday nightâ€™s thumping of the Green Bay Packers. A day later, the Giantsâ€™ defensive players already were dreading their matchup with Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins.
In his first meeting with the Giants, Griffin completed 20 of 28 passes for 258 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. The Redskins held a 23-20 late-game lead until a breakdown by the defense allowed Eli Manning to connect with Victor Cruz on a 77-yard touchdown with 90 seconds left.
Following that game, Giantsâ€™ defensive end Justin Tuck said, â€śIâ€™m pretty mad at the football gods for putting him in the NFC East.â€ť
Now, five weeks later, Tuck was asked by reporters about facing Griffin again.
He replied, â€śUntil I exit stage right, it seems like heâ€™s going to be a fixture in my dreams and nightmares.â€ť
Tuck watched Washingtonâ€™s Thanksgiving victory over Dallas, specifically to study Griffin.
He came away from that Griffin performance (311 passing yards, four touchdown passes) just as impressed.
â€śI was hoping to learn that he would slow down a little bit, but thatâ€™s not the case,â€ť Tuck told reporters. â€śHe is one of the best dual threats in our game today, and weâ€™re gonna have our hands full trying to stop that guy.â€ť