- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 18, 2012

1. Will Robert Griffin III bring his best for the start of NFC East play? Griffin already has risen to meet several big moments. He brought the Redskins from behind against Tampa Bay on the final drive, and he delivered a sensational 76-yard touchdown run on third down late against Minnesota. What will he do in the biggest game of the season to date?

2. Will the secondary build on a strong game last week? Washington’s maligned secondary rotated safeties and had its best game against the Vikings, partly because QB Christian Ponder was erratic, their tight end dropped three passes and their receivers — aside from Percy Harvin — weren’t threatening. Giants QB Eli Manning will exploit mistakes, and WR Hakeem Nicks (knee/foot) is expected to play.

3. Can the Redskins generate a pass rush? The Giants, behind a healthy offensive line, have surrendered only five sacks this season. Amazingly, ex-Redskin Sean Locklear has started the past four games at right tackle; OLB Ryan Kerrigan should be thrilled about that.

4. Can the Redskins’ defense limit big plays? Washington has surrendered 29 plays of at least 20 yards, the third-most in the NFL. On the other hand, New York’s offense has 32 such plays this season, second-most in the league. Washington must tackle well and be “sticky” in coverage, as CB DeAngelo Hall says. Disrupting Manning’s timing is essential.

5. How will Alfred Morris bounce back? The rookie running back averaged a season-low 2.9 yards on 16 carries against Minnesota. The Redskins could run the zone read to keep the Giants guessing between Morris and Griffin. Washington averaged a total of only 2.98 yards on 66 rushes against New York in two victories last season.

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