The Washington Times - November 29, 2012, 02:49PM

Even with so many around the NFL praising Robert Griffin III, New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz said the Washington Redskins aren’t contenders quite yet. On Thursday Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall said he can’t argue with that assessment.

“In this league you’ve got to prove it. We haven’t proved it,” Hall said. “Even though we beat them two out of the last three times, you still got to prove it. You’ve got to go out there and prove it. Even thought we’ve faced them and matched up well against them, we haven’t matched up well against other teams in this league. I can’t argue with him right now.”


At 5-6 the Redskins are trying to crack the playoff hunt, and could do so by beating the Giants on “Monday Night Football.” New York is in first place, is the defending Super Bowl champion and and looking down at the Redskins, who are on the rise.

“They’re still a couple pieces away from actually being a contender, them being in legitimate talks for playoffs and things like that,” Cruz said Wednesday, as quoted by the Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J. “They’re still a few pieces away, whether it be defensively or wherever they are missing some pieces. But I think they’ve definitely got to be in the conversation.”

That sounds about right, though it could change quickly.

“We’ve got to keep working, keep grinding,” Hall said. “We’ll see what he says after the game.”