Head coach Tom Coughlin is eager for this Sunday's game to get underway, as his Giants play host to the Washington Redskins. Coughlin indicated that despite the Redskins losing record, they have been competitive in virtually all of their games. Coughlin has the utmost respect and admiration for Washington's coaching staff and praises their hard-hitting defense.
"The Washington Redskins are 2-1 in the division, they've beaten Philadelphia, they've beaten Dallas," commented Coughlin. "They are a team that has played any number of very, very tight ball games. A Mike Shanahan team - Jim Haslett has done a good job on the defensive side of the ball. They have an outstanding veteran secondary, they're very aggressive."
The Redskins have great playmaking ability in the passing game, led by Donovan McNabb, a player the Giants are familiar with as the veteran quarterback once played for NFC East foe Philadelphia. Coughlin admits that divisional games are in essence two games as head to head record and divisional records are deciding factors for playoff positioning - a win for one team is boosted extra by the loss of the divisional rival.
Coughlin declared that special teams and field position will be a critical component of this Sunday's contest, a sore spot for Big Blue thus far this season. The Giants head coach is wary of the threat the Redskins pose.
"Offensively they feature the run game; they are a big play offensive team," noted Coughlin. "They have receivers that can cover the big field. [Brandon] Banks is an outstanding returner. He creates positive positions for their offensive football team."