Today’s game between the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants features a battle of No. 10s at quarterback.
The Redskins (3-3) are led by dymanic rookie Robert Griffin III, who has thrice been named the NFL’s Rookie of the Week. The Giants (4-2) are led by veteran Eli Manning, a two-time Super Bowl Most Valuable Player.
As always, you Redskins have a voice in picking which No. 10 you think will excel in today’s game.
Voting for Griffin III in today’s campaign is easy:
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The Redskins on Sunday travel to New York to take on the Giants in Washington’s latest division-opening game since at least 1970.
That, of course, means it’s the NFC East debut of Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, who is coming off an electrifying performance in Washington’s 38-26 win last Sunday over the Minnesota Vikings. Griffin III completed 17-of-22 passes for 182 yards and one touchdown along with rushing for 138 yards and two scores on the ground to already become the Redskins’ single-season record holder for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback.
The quarterback on the opposing team, meanwhile, also happens to wear No. 10 and has a pretty impressive NFL résumé. Giants quarterback Eli Manning is a two-time Super Bowl champ and MVP, and this season ranks third in passing yards and seventh in passing touchdowns in the NFL.
Several analysts are wondering how Griffin III will fare in his first NFC East game, especially one away from FedExField. The NFL Network’s “Total Access” and experts Darren Sharper and Heath Evans recently guessed which No. 10 would outperform the other on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
Here’s what they had to say:
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Rivalry games frequently come down to one or two big plays that make the difference.
One of those plays is already in the books.
For the first five minutes of the game, the story line was about defense. Both teams were creating pressure with the front four and five, forcing both quarterbacks to unload wobbly check-down passes. But on 3rd-and-10, Giants quarterback stepped up in the pocket to avoid a blitzing Ryan Kerrigan, and had a wide-open Hakim Nicks down the field for a 68-yard bomb.
Cornerback Kevin Barnes and safety Reed Doughty got burned on the play, but a credit to them for not giving up on their responsibilities. The Giants skated into the endzone two plays later, but effort on plays like that, matter.
On the next Washington possession, quarterback Rex Grossman hit Tim Hightower for a 10-yard gain. This was Grossman’s 80th completed pass as a Redskin, and 600th career pass.
Pop the bubbly.
Special teams are yielding mixed results at the moment. Unfortunately, kicker Graham Gano started 2011 with more of what plagued him in 2010: a missed 39-yard field goal. Brandon Banks looks to be in mid-season form, giving the Redskins pretty good starting field position.
See you at the half.
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