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Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 12/28/2010

Redskins-Giants keys to the game: defense

By LaVar Arrington

The battered and bruised defense stepped up and helped the Redskins to an overtime victory over the Jaguars. The Jags were without their best player in Maurice Jones-Drew and the Jacksonville running game was ineffective all day. This won't be the case on Sunday afternoon.

This is what the Washington defense must do for the Redskins to have a chance to win.

The Redskins played the Giants just a few weeks ago and did not stop the run at all the first time around. So the main focus will be to stop the New York 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. Brandon Jacobs is a big, bruising back who can run and looks for contact. Then there's Ahmad Bradshaw who is quick and strong. He is a much smaller back than Jacobs but is equally effective with his slashing style.

Washington must bring the pressure this weekend. Throw everything at Eli Manning. It's the last game of the year. Guys are auditioning for jobs, so see what they can do. Play loose and play aggressive. If the Redskins do this they have a much better chance at winning the game.

The Redskins secondary has been depleted by injuries so the reserves will need to be ready for an intense aerial assault. Limit yards after the catch. The Giants will complete passes. The corners 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 won't risk too much. They will kick the ball away and play defense. So make sure to win third downs.

Control the line of scrimmage and it will be beneficial against the run. This was a point of emphasis for the first time these two teams played. If the Redskins have success on defense early, the Giants will adjust their game plan to counter what defensive coordinator Jim Haslett is doing. Haslett 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 to make plays
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The Giants are a vulnerable team right now fighting for a playoff birth. The Redskins have an opportunity to send the Giants home for the year and to me that's a game worth getting up for. But on the flip side of it, the Giants have a chance at the playoffs if they win and Green Bay loses. This should be a fun game to watch.

I believe the Redskins' defense has a fair shot at stopping the Giants offense, but with all the injuries to the secondary I give the edge to the Giants offense.

By LaVar Arrington  | December 28, 2010; 12:38 PM ET
 
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Comments

The Redskins are losers. They are not interested in winning, they are interested in assigning excuses. They do not demonstrate any personal pride whatsoever. They don't care if they win or lose. Why should they? They get paid the same either way. Their coaching staff is a joke. The players are lazy and just don't care. You can argue all you want, the win loss numbers prove me right. Why would any fan waste their time and money on this bunch of losers? Why are they even called the Washington redskins? It's not like they play in DC...

Posted by: adv1sor | December 28, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Giants will steam roll these bums.

Posted by: isometruman1 | December 28, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

GO-BLUE !

Posted by: BillD6 | December 28, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Lavar finally has something meaningful to say. Your radio show needs to be more positive and stop stirring so much controversy.

Posted by: espilos | December 28, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

adv1sor,
If the win / loss numbers are all that it takes to prove your point, I dare say that you are definitely NOT a long time Redskins, or, for that matter NFL fan. I dare say that the current Redskins are far from having no pride, not caring, being lazy, or just a bunch of losers. The Jaguar game on Sunday disproves everything you have said. An injury depleted team with no hope of gaining ANYTHING, played and beat a team desperate for the win to get to the playoffs. As a fan since old Griffith stadium days, I've seen lots better, and, definitely, a lot worse. Still a fan win or lose. It's what a REAL fan is!

Posted by: xrxtec52 | December 28, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

OH please, spare me!!!!Typical redskins,always play tough when there is nothing to play for!!!Where was this type of play the beginning of the season?Can someone explain this to me?Fools gold!!!!
I'm not buying it!!!

Posted by: joe12341 | December 28, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Lavar...what great advice! Why didn't anybody think of this before? Stop the run, pressure the quarterback and control the line of scrimmage. This is an absolutely awesome approach. Somebody should tell the Shannahans about this method. This could revolutionize the game! Maybe we could add complete some passes and open a few holes on offense. Hey, we could also add tackle the ball carrier (theirs, not ours) and block for our kick returners.

Posted by: jimbrooks99 | December 29, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

If Lavar is right, the Redskin's are in trouble. The last Redskin's defensive coach that could make successful adjustments to what offenses are doing was Richie Petitbon.

Posted by: clandestinetomcat | December 29, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

While the players and owners argue over billions and 18-game schedules, I hope they remember it's the fans that generate their wealth.

As a fan, I would like to see a "salary incentive" approach where players earn more when they win and less when they lose.

Maybe owners could throw in a "beer incentive" as well? There would be a price cap of $7.50 and a minimum set to 7-11 prices. The cost of a beer drops $1 for each loss, but rises $1 after a win.

Posted by: clandestinetomcat | December 29, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

While the players and owners argue over billions and 18-game schedules, I hope they remember it's the fans that generate their wealth.

As a fan, I would like to see a "salary incentive" approach where players earn more when they win and less when they lose.

Maybe owners could throw in a "beer incentive" as well? There would be a price cap of $7.50 and a minimum set to 7-11 prices. The cost of a beer drops $1 for each loss, but rises $1 after a win.
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Bill Veeck lives. How about allowing the fans to call the plays from the stands and putting in a midget to play nose tackle?

Posted by: randysbailin | December 31, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

What do the Skins have to lose? I agree with LaVar, the Skins need to send the heat early and often. The 3-4 is predicated on an attacking style. Anything is better than the sit back and watch the other team dictate the tempo style we saw last year from a supposed top 10 defense. The transition is well under way. Let's see what the machine can do! The roster now has lots of young, hungry wolves fighting for a place at the table. Let loose the dogs of war! LaVar would make a great defensive coach. Just sayin'!

Posted by: dannykurland1 | December 31, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

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