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Giants vs. Redskins: 10 Keys


1) Communication.That's the word consistently coming out of the mouths of players on an inconsistent defense.  You only have to look as far as Dez Bryant’s 50-yard touchdown last week.

2) Early downs on offense.The Redskins are 10th in the NFL in yards allowed. A lot of that success comes from stonewalling teams on first and second downs, while defenders can pin their ears back on third-and-longs.

3) Rex Grossman's comfort level.The on-and-off starting quarterback had his best game of the season against the Giants in Week One. He's also coming off an impressive performance at home where an offensive passing interference and a tipped ball interception were the difference in coming close to knocking off the Patriots.

4) Offensive line keeping up.The Giants' last place rushing offense is coming off two 100-yard games, while Eli Manning has only been sacked once. Let's see if it continues.

5)  Former Giant NT Barry Cofield.He recently said Manning is a "completely different animal" now. So he might be itching to pull out the taser sack dance.

6)      Lawrence Tynes' boots.Averaging 66 yards on his kickoffs, Tynes has 33 touchbacks, which has been invaluable against returners like Washington's Brandon Banks. Tynes has also been perfect the last two games in field goals (4-for-4) while he is 15 of 18 on the season with a long of 50.

7)      The JPP Show.It’s a wild one.

8)      Embracing the magnitude of December football.Tom Coughlin preaches all season long to take care of your own business, control your own destiny and not be reliant on others to do your work. Right now, the Giants' is in their hands.

9)      Rookie Roy Helu.The running back has burst onto the scene as a fourth-round draft pick and has posted three straight 100-yard games. The Giants need to make sure to wrap him up, or they’ll end up like these unfortunate Seahawk defenders.

10)   Can't cry over spilled milk.Corey Webster's words kind of sum up the season-long emphasis on finishing strong. Enjoy the ride.

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