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Posted at 4:44 PM ET, 12/ 4/2010

Manning pleased with Giants' position

By Jason Reid

The New York Giants are tied with the Philadelphia Eagles for first in the NFC East, and quarterback Eli Manning is pleased with the team's position entering the final five weeks of the regular season.

As they prepare to play host to the Redskins on Sunday, the Giants are in the mix for another division title and determined to finish strong.

"I am happy where we are. I am happy being 7-4, but a lot of it comes down to how you finish and how you play in the month of December," Manning said earlier in the week during a conference call with reporters who cover the Redskins. "We are in good position, but it is all going to come down to these next games and it starts with the big one at home against the division rival.

"Washington has been playing well. They have lost a couple of close games that came down to the wire, so their record could be better than what it is. They have talent and they are a good team. We got to come out and expect to play our best football if we want to win."

The Redskins (5-6) have dropped three of four. Although it seems they have all but been eliminated from postseason contention, a victory at New Meadowlands Stadium would be encouraging, players said.

Washington's defense ranks last in the league, giving up an average of 400.9 yards. But the Redskins' 3-4 scheme could present some problems, Manning said, and the Giants are still expected to be without leading wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (leg).

"They do a good job mixing up coverages," Manning said. "In a 3-4, there is blitzing that is coming and you can do a few more combinations in that. They are aggressive. They do a great job getting turnovers, getting sacks and playing good defense.

"A lot of games they don't win, the opponents don't score many points. We need to do a good job controlling the ball, don't give their offense anything easy and don't let their defense take over the game and get turnovers. [We need to be] patient and have a good understanding of what they are doing and what their concepts are."

Fortunately for the Giants, they have an outstanding offensive line. With an average of 387 yards per game, the Giants have the league's No. 3 offense. Among quarterbacks with at least 250 pass attempts, Manning has been sacked the fewest times (12). Manning is also tied for the league lead with 23 touchdown passes.

"They are doing a good job, all the guys," Manning said of the offensive line. "We have had different guys playing different spots, but they work well together and they communicate. A lot of times it [pass protection] is a combination.

"Receivers are getting open, running backs are doing their job blocking and we are getting the ball out quickly. It is a combination where the offense is clicking and [we are] not being put in too many bad situations."

By Jason Reid  | December 4, 2010; 4:44 PM ET
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Posted by: p1funk | December 4, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

The gonna run for 300 if Haslett screw this up .. I wonder how he do .. ??

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