There’s some excitement brewing in Washington heading into this weekend’s matchup with the New York Giants. With the inconsistency of all the NFC East teams, the Redskins find themselves in position to contend for the division and own the tiebreaker against the Giants.

This will be no easy task. New York has been steadily improving with every game. The Giants looked like world beaters against the 49ers, arguably the best team in the NFC.

But the Redskins beat the defending Super Bowl champs twice last year without one Robert Griffin III.

Last year, the Redskins had no business sweeping the Giants. They had won only six games the year before and managed just three other victories over the rest of their schedule.

Things are different this year, with the addition of a franchise QB. I’m assuming the Giants won’t sleepwalk through this game. There will be no sneaking up and surprising them with a good performance. The Giants will come ready to play Sunday.

The Redskins will have to go on the road and win a game against a divisional opponent in a hostile environment where there is no love lost between the two teams. A win for the Redskins would be a legitimate and undebatable accomplishment.

This is a big game for this team. If they can pull off a win, we all will have to start looking at Coach Mike Shanahan and thre rest of the team differently. Respect is earned, not given. A win against the Giants Sunday would go a long way toward starting to earn it.

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