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Six Games In, Redskins Set To Begin Divisional Play Against Giants

By ZAC BOYER | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – After beginning their season with six games against non-division opponents, the Washington Redskins will enter NFC East play for the first time on Sunday when they visit the New York Giants.


Should the Redskins (3-3) manage to win that game, they would take over possession of first place in the NFC East from the Giants (4-2).

“It’s bigger than that to us,” receiver Santana Moss said. “They’re a division rival and we just want to go out there and do the best we can against them. We know that they’re the Super Bowl champs and all that other stuff that comes with it, but it’s New York. They’re in the NFC East, and we’ve got to take care of business.”

The Week 7 visit to New York marks the Redskins’ latest start to division play since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. Only Pittsburgh and San Francisco have not yet begun divisional play, though they will also do so this weekend; the Giants, meanwhile, have already played, and lost to, Dallas and Philadelphia.

The game will also be the first opportunity for quarterback Robert Griffin III and running back Alfred Morris, two rookies who have been instrumental in the Redskins’ success, to face a division opponent.

“You know, the one thing I always say is I don’t even worry about when you play different teams, but I’d say it’s always an advantage [in that] if you’re gonna play within your division, it’s a little bit later than earlier with young players,” Shanahan said. “I think it is a big benefit for us with Robert, a kid like Alfred. You’d rather play a little bit later than earlier.”

Though the Redskins finished 5-11, they won both of their games against the Giants. That, plus the national attention Griffin has helped Washington receive, should make this meeting slightly different, cornerback DeAngelo Hall said.

“I think they have a little chip on their shoulder,” Hall said. “I don’t think it does anything positive for us. There’s no sneaking up on them now. They’re going to definitely bring their A-game to us.”