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Round 2: Giants must defend RGIII, Redskins differently

Tom Pennington

After the first time the New York Giants played the Washington Redskins this season, a last-minute 23-20 Giants' victory, New York defensive end Justin Tuck had seen enough of Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III.

"I'm pretty mad at the football gods for putting him in the NFC East. To face that guy twice a year is going to be a headache," Tuck said.

Well, that second meeting is here as the two sides will meet at FedEx Field in Washington this coming Monday.

In that first game the Redskins did pretty much anything they wanted to do offensively. Washington amassed 480 yards of total offense, including 248 rushing, and held the ball for nearly 33 minutes. What saved the Giants was that the Redskins turned the ball over four times.

Head coach Tom Coughlin said Thursday the Giants would "obviously going to do some tweaking of how we played them" the first time.

A victory by the Giants (7-4) would put them in complete control of the NFC East. Washington (5-7) and the Dallas Cowboys are two games back.

"For both teams it's a very big game. It's a divisional game. It's at this point of the year they're coming off two divisional wins. We're anxious to get back into the division, hopefully, to do well, but it's a very important game for both teams," Coughlin said.

It is a huge game, and it will be interesting to see just exactly what tweaks the Giants come up with to contain the Washington offense.