New York Giants 2012: Keys to Week 13 Victory over Rival Redskins on MNF

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New York Giants 2012: Keys to Week 13 Victory over Rival Redskins on MNF
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Victor Cruz and the New York Giants narrowly defeated the Washington Redskins in a thrilling Week 7 clash.

The New York Giants have everything to play for on Monday night in Washington.  A victory against their division rival Washington Redskins will put the Giants in firm control of the NFC East.  In a game with major playoff implications, both teams will be prepared for an intense affair in the nation's capital. 

Monday night features a rematch of an enthralling Week 7 game at MetLife Stadium.  Eli Manning's 77-yard touchdown pass to Victor Cruz late in the fourth quarter helped secure a 27-23 victory for Big Blue.  The urgency that comes with late-season December games should help provide an equally entertaining encounter in Week 13.

The Giants must take advantage of the fact that they have already seen Robert Griffin III and the explosive Washington offense this season.

New York heads into hostile territory Monday night knowing a win helps its playoff chances immensely.  Here are five keys to victory for the defending champs against an upstart Redskins team. 

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