For the Redskins, Monday’s game offers an opportunity to rejoin the postseason race. For the Giants, it’s a chance to put away the NFC East, at least in the estimation of defensive end Justin Tuck.
“Yes, it would give us kind of a stranglehold on the division,” Tuck said in a conference call with local reporters on Wednesday.
With a win, the Giants (7-4) would open a three-game lead on the Redskins (5-6) with four games remaining. It would also give them a season sweep and the tiebreaker.
And considering that New York’s remaining games aren’t that easy – against New Orleans, at Atlanta, at Baltimore and against the Eagles – it’s a chance for Tuck and his teammates to build some cushion. Just in case.
“We know if we are blessed to win this football game, we still have four games and all those four games are very, very tough football games,” Tuck said. “We’re going into this game saying it’s a huge opportunity.”
If the Redskins win, it will extend their winning streak to three games and pull them to within a game of the Giants.