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Giants’ Justin Tuck has nightmares about Robert Griffin III

Giants defensive end Justin Tuck isn’t looking forward to his second meeting with Robert Griffin III. (Eric Gay/Associated Press).

The New York Giants didn’t have much time to enjoy Sunday night’s thumping of the Green Bay Packers. A day later, the Giants’ 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, Giants’ defensive end Justin Tuck said, “I’m pretty mad at the football gods for putting him in the NFC East.”

Now, five weeks later, Tuck was asked by reporters about facing Griffin again.

He replied, “Until I exit stage right, it seems like he’s going to be a fixture in my dreams and nightmares.”

Tuck watched Washington’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.

“I was hoping to learn that he would slow down a little bit, but that’s not the case,” Tuck told reporters. “He is one of the best dual threats in our game today, and we’re gonna have our hands full trying to stop that guy.”

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.



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