The Giants quarterback readies his team for the first of two divisional engagements with Washington. In two meetings with the Redskins last year, Eli completed a scorching hot 39 of 55 passes for 467 yards, connecting on four touchdowns while flinging a lone interception. Big Blue swept both games of the series, but Manning recognizes that facing an aggressive Hogs defense, ball security will remain paramount this Sunday.
"They're talented," noted Manning. "They do a good job of getting to the quarterback, they cause turnovers, they do a good job mixing up their coverages. It's a matter of having a good plan for everything they do."
The Redskins defense will likely be playing without their leading tackler and playmaker LaRon Landry, whose sore Achilles has held him out of practice thus far this week. The Skins rank dead last in the league in overall defense, yielding 401 yards per game with 269 by way of the air attack and 132 on the ground. Manning understands that Big Blue's red zone efficiency will have to improve as they failed to convert on three chances last Sunday against Jacksonville.
It would seem that Washington's porous defense should provide ample opportunities for Manning to put six's on the board this Sunday.
"They tend to win games when their defense plays well and doesn't give up many points, so we have to find ways to move the ball, protect the ball, and getting opportunities and putting it in the end zone," Manning said.
With the Giants making claim to a 1-2 divisional record, Big Blue can ill-afford to drop another game in the NFC East. Three of New York's five remaining games will be against divisional rivals, as the magnitude of each game grows down the homestretch.
"I think they're all big at this point," suggested Manning. "In the division with Washington, it's going to be a big game. This will be a great crowd, another home game, and we need to go out there and play our best football."