Why the Giants Defense Is More Than Ready for Robert Griffin III, Redskins

Lou Rom@louromliveContributor IOctober 18, 2012

October 14, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) prepares to throw the ball as Minnesota Vikings outside linebacker Erin Henderson (50) chases in the first quarter at FedEx Field. The Redskins won 38-26. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

The New York Giants played about as perfect a football game as possible in Sunday's 26-3 dismantling of the San Francisco 49ers.

While it's logical to expect a bit of a letdown going into Sunday's home game versus Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins, the defense will be ready.

Based on the last two years, this is the kind of game where the defense shows up flat after a big victory on the road.

But the Giants have plenty of motivation going into Sunday's matchup with the Redskins:

First, they want revenge for the season sweep they endured last season. They want some separation between themselves, the 'Skins and Eagles, who sit at 3-3, a game back from New York. And, finally, you know they want to greet RG III with a warm, NFC East welcome.

The Redskins had New York's number last season, after losing the previous six match-ups to Big Blue. Washington won the season opener then put the Giants' postseason future in jeopardy with a 23-10 drubbing at MetLife Stadium to knock New York back to .500 with two weeks left to play.

At 4-2, New York has a one game advantage over the 'Skins and Eagles going into Week 7.

If the Giants flop Sunday they are tied with Washington at 4-3. On top of that the Eagles have a bye Sunday, and Philly is 12-0 under Andy Reid after a bye week.

And again, RG III faces off against his first NFC East team Sunday. The Giants want him to remember that and not in a good way, but in an Alex Smith kind of way.

The Giants front seven swarmed Smith all day Sunday, and the secondary—led by an inspired performance by safety Antrel Rolle—is rounding into shape after a three-pick performance.

Big Blue sacked Smith six times, pressured him constantly and held the Niners to 80 yards rushing.

Granted, RG III presents challenges that Smith brings to the table only in his X-Box life—speed, agility, and for what it's worth, spark.

But Jason Pierre-Paul, for one, is not daunted.

Pierre-Paul told the New York Daily News today he had a message for RG III: “Don’t bring it to my side, go the other way."

Griffin, on top of completing 70 percent of his passes, has run for 379 yards and six touchdowns this season.

The Giants have faced similar quarterbacks—Michael Vick and Cam Newton come to mind—but Griffin does everything they do well and he does it better.

The Giants can contain him, but don't expect to shut him down. He'll get his yards, but Big Blue is out to teach the rookie a lesson about the NFC East and the Super Bowl champs.

Lou Rom, a veteran journalist with more than 17 years experience, covers the NFL, his hometown New York Giants, and whatever else gets under his skin for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter at louromlive.