QB Eli Manning
On game plan against Redskins…
“I think we need to protect the football. They do a good job on defense at getting turnovers. They do a good job at getting pressure so we have to protect the ball offensively and be patient. Hopefully we’ll have the right calls at the right times and hit some big plays.”
Safety Antrel Rolle
On Sunday night sparking a run…
“Sunday night was huge for us. It got the bad taste out of our mouth for the last two games. More importantly, it put us on a positive step going into this game. We need this game extremely bad. This is a division opponent. The Washington Redskins always play us extremely tough, and we’re just trying to go out there and get a win any way we can.”
WR Hakeem Nicks
On how he’s feeling…
“I feel like this time of the year, [nobody is] feeling great. It’s football. It’s a contact sport. So we throw our bodies around. I don’t think anybody is going to be feeling great, but I do feel good at this point in the year than I have in the past”
WR Victor Cruz
On WR Nicks’ return…
“Just from an energy standpoint, I mean, you can just feel when he’s out there. There’s a different energy. When he’s talking to us, you know he’s out there on the field and it’s good to have him back…These last couple weeks have been positive even though they weren’t wins…”
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But the major storyline leading up to Monday night has been “can he do it again?”
The primetime matchup with the Giants will be the first time a defense gets a second crack at him, and vice versa. Head coach Mike Shanahan knows the challenge that presents while his Redskins try to keep any playoff hope alive.
“I think it’s a big challenge for any rookie quarterback to play in this league, especially going against a division opponent the second time, when they kind of get a feel for him, and the football team,” Shanahan said Wednesday on a conference call with Giants beat reporters. “Yeah, it’s a big challenge.”
Griffin enters Week 13 with a 104.6 passer rating – fourth in the NFL – and a completion percentage of 67.4. He has 16 passing touchdowns and four interceptions to go along with six rushing scores on 642 yards. In the Giants’ Week 7 victory over the Redskins, Griffin threw for 258 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, and rushed for 89 yards.
The Redskins sit two games back of the Giants in the NFC East with a 5-6 record, but are coming off consecutive wins for the first time this season.
Shanahan was asked how Griffin’s unique skill set would affect how opposing defenses prepared the second time around.
“It’s really hard to say,” Shanahan said. “The Giants are very sound in what they do. They make adjustments very quickly. They’re very sound, very talented. They have the ability to do a number of things, so you’re really not sure until you play what direction they’re going to go.”
» The First Look: Giants vs. Redskins
» Giants.com’s Michael Eisen takes a statistical look at DE Osi Umenyiora’s defense from Sunday’s win.
» RB David Wilson chats with Giants.com for an exclusive Insider interview
» Sights and Sounds: Get inside access to the Giants’ Week 12 win
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Last Week: 79 total yards, TD
Rodgers continues to show that he is steadily moving into the starting running back role for the Atlanta Falcons. With a season-high 10 carries in Week 12, Rodgers managed 4.9 yards per carry average, along with two catches for 30 yards as well. Michael Turner may be the one who gets those goal line touches every now and then with his seven total touchdowns on the year (six rushing, one receiving), but Rodgers (two total touchdowns in 2012) looks to be that big play type of back and the x-factor for the Falcons running game. Whether it’s catching a screen pass for a long gain or breaking off a big run, his development as an overall back looks to be promising and will only help with experience for the second-year player out of Oregon State.
RB Chris Ivory, Saints
Last Week: 34 rush yards
Ivory is an explosive player who is either going to score on a 56-yard touchdown run (like he did in week 10 against the Falcons) for your team, or have 16 carries for 71 yards (which was produced in his past two contests he has played in). The Atlanta Falcons rush defense ranks 22nd in the league, giving up an average of 123 rushing yards. With the Saints’ three-headed running attack that is Mark Ingram, Pierre Thomas and now Chris Ivory, it is always in question who will be the break out back of the game. Evidence based upon the teams’ last meeting just a few weeks ago, history would say go with Ivory (seven carries for 72 yards and a touchdown). Ivory it is.
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