Working on a Monday night schedule is a bit strange for the Giants. Thursday is the Wednesday, Friday is Thursday, etc. Tom Coughlin held his presser yesterday and outlined what the team's plans were: take one game at a time but this next one vs Washington was the "most important game of the season" for his team. He is under no illusions. The Redskins are one of the league's hottest clubs right now:
"We?re excited. In the division, against the Washington Redskins, obviously a team that?s won two games in a row in the division, and feel very good about themselves. Following our game with them, they lost a couple of tough games to Pittsburgh and to Carolina, and they bounced back and scored 69 points in the last two weeks, so obviously they do have the ability to score. They?re 12, they?re offense is seventh overall, 26.8 points per game. They do an outstanding job of that. Defensively, they?re third in the league against the run. They?ve always been a very difficult, sticky, team against the run. Their pressure package has been turned up a little bit in the last couple weeks; that?s how we remember them playing. They?ve forced 22 turnovers. They have 14 interceptions. They?ve done an outstanding job along those lines. As I said, they?re 12, we?re 13. They?re 11th in kickoff coverage. They?re sixth in punt coverage. They have Banks as the outstanding returner. They have a well-rounded football team and we?re anxious to get back out on the field and start to work against this Washington Redskin team."
The Giants defeated the Redskins 27-23 in their first meeting in Week 7. They needed last-minute heroics from QB Eli Manning and WR Victor Cruz to pull out the win. Yesterday, Manning was asked what he needs to do better this time around: