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Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 12/ 1/2010

Redskins-Giants keys to the game: defense

By LaVar Arrington

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.

By LaVar Arrington  | December 1, 2010; 12:24 PM ET
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Which way will the gnome face?

Posted by: giantsgnome | December 1, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse


You say the Redskins "have a good chance of success on Sunday."

Then you list the "keys to the game" as:

1) First, the Redskins must stop the run.
2) Bring the pressure.
3) Limit yards after the catch.
4) Get off the field on third downs.
5) Control the line of scrimmage.
6) Hasslet must...adjust his game plan to stay ahead of the Giants.


That list reads more like a top 10 list of what the Redskins defense has been weakest at all season.

So basically you're saying .... they just need to do the exact opposite of what they've been doing all year to pull this game out?

I'm pretty sure the only real question marks in everyone's mind about this game are ... In which quarter will The Giants knock McNabb out of the game? And which one of the linemen or RB's will whiff the block that allows it to happen?

Posted by: FootballCardSnatcher | December 2, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

So what your saying LA is to have someone elses defense show up for Sunday's game??? These are general keys to success of any game, however, we can't do these things because our defense SUCKS - in case you hadn't noticed! You know what sucks more than our defense? Our offense. So the only chance we have at playing a field position game is for BB to get us some good position i.e. within field goal range because we can't get first downs. We will win one more game this season, and this isn't it! Considering Manning is the least sacked QB in the NFL so far it's doubtful our "pressure" will change that this week. With the exception of Orakpo we have no chance of touching a QB this year. Way to go 3-4 was a great call by MS this year. We go from a top 10 defense down to the bottom of the barrel - good call coach! Maybe he should have spent his entire "off" season (post firing) studying the mating habits of the sperm whale - it might have been more productive.

Posted by: dwilcox2 | December 3, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Um, wow that list better be kept secret or the G MEN might find out the secret to the Redskins success on Sunday. Please, anyone can put this list down. Give us something real that we don't know. Like is there a match-up between 2 key players where our man is going to win and make use a better defense. This is the lamest thing I have read.

Besides, these fundamentals are missing from the Redskins this year. Also, key people on defense (Landry) are missing. The joke is "Key" because according to Haslett Landry would be a pro bowl lock! Even though he's a lousy safety on the worst Defense in the league. Did you happen to watch the Philly game?

The Giants will destroy our Defense, ala the 36-0 shut out in 2005 when Jacobs was a rookie and Mr LA was still on the Washington defense. Here's a reminder:

"Manning threw to Jeremy Shockey over the middle and the tight end brushed off linebacker LaVar Arrington and dived into the end zone" The Giants also scored at the end of the first half on a 39-yard field goal by Feely after an interception by linebacker Antonio Pierce, whom the Redskins failed to re-sign last offseason." Read what it said: FAILED. That's what the Redskins are these days. Utter Failures!

Posted by: redskinfan47 | December 3, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Lavar..Seriously...gimmie a break..The Skins cant do anyof those things..Thanks Danny for bringing in a coach that transformed our defense to #32. Now, I think the 3-4 can work, but Shannagan, picked the wrong coach to implement it. Hasletts Defenses were never really good, and the one time they were he had 5 probowlers on that defense to mask his crap gameplans

Posted by: ocskins | December 3, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Lavar-Can you explain how the Redskins hold the, "edge", over the Giants on defense when the Giants are ranked first in the NFC and the Redskins are dead last? You might, at least, TRY to appear impartial.

Posted by: yankeeboy | December 5, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

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