The first battle between these two 10s, Eli Manning was the winner. (Gary Hershorn / Reuters)

The New York Giants’ defensive players came away from their victory over the Washington Redskins impressed with Robert Griffin III, who they said, was better than they expected.

Griffin passed for 258 yards Sunday, with two touchdowns and an interception on 20-for-28 passing. He also rushed for 89 yards on nine carries but fumbled once.

Prior to the season, defensive end Osi Umenyiora said he would call Griffin “Bob” until the rookie QB proved himself, but this week said Griffin’s rightful name was, “Sir Robert Griffin III,” after watching him put up highlights during the first six weeks of the season.

 Umenyiora had more praise for Griffin following the game.

 “That guy is flat-out unbelievable,” Umenyiora told reporters in the locker room. “That’s the best QB we’ve played this year.”

 Said fellow end Justin Tuck, “[Griffin] takes away from your enthusiasm for the game a little bit,” as a defensive player.

Defensive end Chris Canty added, “He’s faster in person than he is on tape. He’s very, very fast. He’s a very talented young man. He’s going to have a lot of success in this league.”

Giants coach Tom Coughlin said, “He looks like the fastest guy on tape and he’s certainly the fastest guy on the field. When he pulls the ball down, when you break down contain and he goes outside, you are just praying someone is going to run him out of bounds.”