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New York Giants defense will not look past the Redskins rushing attack

The New York Giants, who travel to Washington this weekend to play the Redskins on Sunday night, aren’t taking the Washington Redskins running attack lightly. At 4-7, the Giants can’t take anyone lightly. Plus, no matter what they see on their 2013 game film, the memories of how tough Griffin, Alfred Morris and the Redskins were to stop last year are still too fresh.

“I think we all know what he’s capable of and what he can do in this league,” Giants safety Antrel Rolle said of Griffin.

For all of their supposed struggles, the Redskins still rank seventh in the NFL in yards per game at 391.9 and second in the NFL in rushing yards per game at 150.2. Griffin may not be running as much as he did last year, but Morris is third in the league with 970 rushing yards so far.

“He’s very hard to tackle for lost yardage,” Giants defensive end Justin Tuck said of Morris. “He’s a positive-yardage guy. He’s a downhill runner, which is Mike Shanahan’s type in that zone-blocking scheme. You can hit him at two yards and he ends up getting six. I think they’re getting yards a little differently than last year, but we’ve still got to be on our game. They present a lot of problems, especially for a defensive end. As a defensive end, you’re going to see every block known to man. It requires a lot of preparation.”

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