The New York Giants may be 0-2, but it's a product of two fourth-quarter collapses in as many weeks to start to the 2015 season.
Washington's head coach sees a lot of talent on the Giants, particularly on the offense, and recognizes the challenge he's up against when the two teams clash on Thrusday night.
"They give us their share of problems, that’s for sure. Obviously, add (Shane) Vereen to the mix as far as an excellent back out of the backfield. So they have a lot of weapons and a Hall of Fame quarterback, so it’s going to be a great challenge for our defense," Gruden said.
"I think (it’s) early in the season, you’re mixing and matching some offensive linemen, you’ve got a new left tackle and you’ve got some new players you’ve got to deal with, but overall I still see a quality quarterback."
Such will be the challenge for the Washington defense, a unit who is being coached by someone Giants fans are all too familiar with.
Perry Fewell, who served as the Giants defensive coordinator from 2010 to 2014, is now the defensive backs coach for the Redskins.
In preparing for this Week 3 tilt, Fewell's familiarity with New York has certainly been valuable, Gruden said.
"He has information on most of these guys, coaching there for a long time, and it helps, no doubt about it," he said. "But ultimately when the ball is in play, he’s on the sidelines next to our coordinator, next to me and watching our players play, so it’s our job to get our players ready to go and have some familiarity with guys where they run routes and maybe some of the concepts they like is beneficial. But ultimately it’s up to the players, when it’s all said and done and the ball is kicked off, to execute the plan."