Redskins-Giants keys to the game: defense
The Redskins defense will have its hands full this weekend, but it has a good chance of success on Sunday. This is what the defense must do against the Giants.
First, the Redskins must stop the run. The Giants will try to establish the running game right away. If they are successful the odds will swing in favor of the Giants' offense. Brandon Jacobs is a big, bruising back who can run. He looks for contact. Then there's Ahmad Bradshaw, who is quick and strong. He is a much smaller back than Jacobs but is equally affective with his slashing style.
Bring the pressure. Throw everything at Eli Manning. The Redskins have nothing to lose. The Washington defense has played a bend but don't break style more often than not this season. Now's the time to force the other team to play that style of football. Play loose and play aggressive. If the Redskins do this they have a much better chance at winning the game.
Limit yards after the catch. The Giants will complete passes. The cornerbacks have to make sure they are there to make the tackle for a minimum gain.
Get off the field on third downs. Force the Giants to play a game of field position. I believe the Giants think they are better on defense, so they wont risk too much. They will kick the ball away and play defense, so make sure to win third downs.
Here's an important key that I know gets a bit redundant. But it will always hold true. Control the line of scrimmage. If the defensive front can hold its own it will create problems across the board for the Giants.
The last key is adjustments. If the Redskins have success on defense early the Giants will adjust their game plan to what defensive coordinator Jim Hasslet is doing. Hasslet must show the same ability to adjust his game plan to stay ahead of the Giants. If he can do this it will keep the New York offense off balance and create more opportunities for Washington to make plays.
With some injuries to key New York players I believe the Redskins defense has a fair shot at stopping the Giants offense. The edge goes to the Redskins defense.
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