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Sunday’s game pivotal in New York Giants N.F.C. East divisional standing

10/18/12 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

The New York Giants (4-2) may be sitting pretty atop of the N.F.C. East, but that doesn’t mean its time to loftily sit back and let those feet dangle aimlessly. Although Sunday’s 26-3 victory over the San Francisco 49ers was unquestionably impressive considering the New York Giants eclipsed a team they required overtime and fortunate fumble recovery to defeat in their last meeting at Candlestick Park, still the next challenge is not to be taken lightly.
 
The battle-bruised New York Giants face the Washington Redskins at home on Sunday. And after an opening season-loss to the Dallas Cowboys, as well as a 19-17 defeat at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles, the New York Giants have never looked so vulnerable for a team leading its’ division.
 
“If we’re going to do something in the division, we’ve got to get going,” acknowledged New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin.
 
The New York Giants had felt pressurized by the Washington Redskins after heading into their first matchup last season, with six straight victories in previous meetings. But the Washington Redskins toppled the New York Giants twice last season (28-14 and 23-10). Although their last meeting marked the New York Giants’ final loss until they launched into a six-game winning streak last season, the Big Blues haven’t forgotten and aren’t going to take the Washington Redskins lightly this time around.
 
“We don’t like nobody in our division,” New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul declared the general sentiments of the team. “We try to win all the division games we can, and it starts Sunday.”
 
The Washington Redskins leading offensive rusher Ahmed Bradshaw missed practice on Wednesday after the old foot issues popped up again although the running back underwent surgery this offseason. Ahmed Bradshaw had 116 yards last Sunday after previously posting a career-best, 200-rushing yards against the Cleveland Browns. The 26-year-old Ahmed Bradshaw leads the team with 92 carries for 449 yards and three touchdowns so far this season. However, the increasing burden of maintaining the offense’s production (57 carries in the last two games) is gradually wearing him down.
 
 “He definitely has played well, played hard, gotten the ball a number of times, and we’d like to think he can keep on doing that,” stated Tom Coughlin.
 
While it is still unknown at what capacity Ahmed Bradshaw will play against the Washington Redskins, the New York Giants hope to take some load off him by introducing Andre Brown this Sunday.
 
Andre Brown, who’s returning from a concussion against the San Francisco 49ers, shows promise after he took snaps with the first-team on Wednesday.
 
“Coach said whoever is having the hot hand, he’s going to let him go,” stated Andre Brown.
 
Needless to say the Washington Redskins (3-3) boast quite a fire arm in the young and quick rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, who’s going at a70.2 percent of his pass completion (113 of 161) for for 1,343 yards, two interceptions and five touchdowns this season.
 
“He’s very sharp. He works extremely hard to get the offense down; he prepares extremely well,” stated Washington Coach Mike Shanahan. “He has picked it up a lot faster than I thought he would or thought he could.”
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