EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Coming off its best performance of the season, the New York Giants’ defense may also get a boost for its showdown against rookie sensation Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins.
Veteran defensive tackle Chris Canty appears ready to return to the lineup Sunday after spending all season on the physically unable perform list while coming back from post-Super Bowl knee surgery.
The timing could not be better with the Giants (4-2) preparing for the dynamic young quarterback who was the No. 2 pick in the draft.
"Hopefully we won’t have to do too much chasing," Canty said after practice. "Hopefully we can keep him contained . Obviously you want to limit what they can do as far as the perimeter game, keep him in the pocket, contain him in that regard, then get after him."
Limiting Griffin has not been easy.
He has transformed the Redskins (3-3) into the NFL’s second-best rushing team, averaging 166 yards while leading the league in rushing touchdowns (11). Just last week, he ran for 138 yards and two scores in a 38-26 win over Minnesota. His six rushing touchdowns are second best in the league to Houston’s Arian Foster.
However, running isn’t all Griffin does. His 70.2 completion percentage leads the league and he ranks third with a 100.5 quarterback rating.
The key though is stopping the run, which Giants did in their 26-3 win over the 49ers on
"You’ve got to stop the run" Canty said. "They’re the second rushing team in the National Football League. We just faced the first, so we understand that we can get it done. But we have to understand the unique challenges that this team poses to us. And one of them is that dive play that they have out of various formations. You have to watch as much tape as you can and prepare for what you’re going to have to face."