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.”
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