The Giants will host the Washington Redskins (3-10), one of the few franchises that is actually looking up at Big Blue in overall standings. According to head coach Tom Coughlin, the Giants (4-9) can't afford to look past their NFC East rivals.
"I think it is important to recognize this football team, the coach said. "They are 12thin the NFL on offense. They are 22ndin rushing, but 10thin passing. They have such outstanding players as [wideout Pierre] Garçon, [and receiver DeSean] Jackson, and, of course, they have the great all-pro Trent Williams at left tackle."
The Giants' offense did an outstanding job last week in dismantling the Titans. But while Tennessee was near the bottom of all the league's rankings, Washington has enough talent to give New York some fits.
Following a rare "victory Monday," Coughlin said his team is actually anxious to get back on the field and is looking forward to getting consecutive wins for the first time since Weeks 4 and 5.
"We do have a group who is hungry and aggressive and looking forward to this," Coughlin said. "We have almost a full group to take the practice field today ... we're all excited."
Washington's quarterback "mess" should have New York excited. Jay Gruden is in a pinch as the guy he wants to start, journeyman Colt McCoy, is dealing with a neck injury, while the guy he wants to cast away, former first-round pick Robert Griffin III, may get the call in relief.
Gruden called his situation a "merry-go-round," but Coughlin said they'll have to prepare even harder this week because both quarterbacks have different skill sets.
"The quarterback situation is a little bit up in the air, but Colt McCoy, and Robert Griffin, and Kirk Cousins have certainly done an outstanding job for the Redskins," reasoned Coughlin. "They all have outstanding quarterback ratings."
Jason Pierre-Paul's task is to disrupt the Washington offense. And while the overall team is struggling, the defensive end chose to heed the advice of his coach and treat his divisional rival as a true threat.
"They have some talent" said Pierre-Paul, eschewing any criticism of the quarterback situation. "I don’t care what the Internet says or the media says. They have some talent over there. We have to respect that. We'llgo into to the game and prepare for whatever quarterback. Whoever is on that roster is who you are preparing for. First, second, or third string, we prepare for. ... But really, all we care about is winning. We won last week.It was a great feeling to win and break the losing streak. We did what we had to do to win the game [and] we are taking the same approach we took last week and just want to get things done."
Big Blue notes:
- Rookie linebackerDevon Kennard was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week.
- Linebackers Jameel McClain (knee) and Jacquian Williams (concussion/shoulder), and offensive lineman James Brewer (concussion) did not practice today. Coughlin said McClain will work tomorrow.
- Quarterback EliManning practiced today, but was listed on the Giants’ injury report (back) for the first time this season.