Tom Coughlin wasn't kidding. He is moving on to Washington. The Giants are just 48 hours away from their next game against a tough Redskins team that went blow-for-blow with Ndamakong Suh and the Dolphins and Aaron Donald and the Rams in consecutive weeks. They are a far cry from the dysfunctional group we saw in the preseason and the national media made them out to be.
Here's how Giants head coach Tom Coughlin sized the Skins up to the media on Tuesday:
"We look forward to playing in the division Thursday night against the Washington Redskins, a team that’s 1-1 and has played two outstanding football games. Kirk Cousins, their quarterback, his percentage of completions is at 75 percent.
They’re the number one rush team in the league, they’re the number two time of possession team in the league—almost 38 minutes a game. The opponent just doesn’t have the ball.
Defensively, they’re number one in the league, fourth against the rush, second against the pass. They’ve done an outstanding job.
Their special teams is basically young at the return spot, but they are fast. So they’re a good football team.
Their offensive line is blocking very, very well. They have two runners who are doing an outstanding job. They’ve come up with this young guy, Matt Jones, to back up (Alfred) Morris. Those two have done an outstanding job. They have pounded away with the ball.
If you saw last week’s game, they loaded up with their tight ends, something a little bit different, and they caused some issues for a very good St. Louis Ram team that had defeated Seattle at home the week before.
So the Redskins are playing good defense, they’re rushing the football, they’re taking good care of their quarterback, and as a result, his accomplishments in the pass game at 75.9 percent completions is pretty good."
This game will not be an easy one for the Giants, but it is a must win although many will say it's too early to be talking must wins. The Giants certainly have Kirk Cousins' number, but they haven't had consistent success against Morris.
Jones is no surprise for anyone who follows the NFL Draft. A third-round pick out of Florida, the 6'2", 231lb battering ram is a "rare combination of size and speed" as per Washington head coach Jay Gruden.
The Giants decided to bring back DT Kenrick Ellis for the anticipated battle with DTs Markus Kuhn and Jay Bromley experiencing knee issues.