Morning, everyone. Thanks for starting it off here on BBV.
I was at the game on Sunday night -- my first as a fan in MetLife, I'm ashamed to say -- and was delighted by the Giants' defensive showing. Mathias Kiwanuka seemed to be at the forefront of it with six tackles and two sacks, and the 36 snaps he played -- four more than Justin Tuck -- proved he's still perfectly comfortable as a defensive end.
"Yeah, I definitely love being down there," said Kiwanuka, a hybrid linebacker/defensive end. "That's a big part of the reason why even when I was playing linebacker, I would still go down on most third-downs and be able to rush. That's what I do naturally.
"Whenever we can get that [pass-rusher] rotation, it kind of keeps everybody fresh and keeps that enthusiasm getting after the quarterback," he continued. "It's good, we'll see how it goes, but yeah, that was the game plan, that I was only going to be on the D-line for that week."
I guess we'll have to see how much burn Kiwi gets at DE moving forward.
The Giants travel to Washington on Monday, and naturally that means DeAngelo Hall had to speak up.
"That's the reason we won two out of the last three times and had them right where we wanted them until we gave up that 77-yard play," he said. "Personnel-wise, we feel like we know them, they know us. We like our matchups, we like our guys vs. them; I'm sure they probably like their guys vs. us. It's going to be a nice, dragged-out fight."
Granted, Hall's said worse. The rest of Jenny Vrentas' story doesn't have anything too incendiary from Hall, though these articles are essentially automatic for Giants-Redskins week.
Of course, he's a rebuttal of sorts.
And one more Cruz story. How's this for establishing a notebook theme?
As Ralph Vacchiano points out, Cruz is well situated to claim his second Pro Bowl berth. Cruz currently leads all NFC receivers with 352,611 votes, a numbers that ranks him 10th among all NFL players. As a friendly reminder, you can rock the vote here.
Two interesting signings here, especially given Torain's familiarity with the Redskins after spending the last two seasons in Washington. Certainly a timely signing, at the very least. Kregg Lumpkin was also signed in the wake of Andre Brown's broken fibula, once again giving the Giants four healthy running backs and yielding two new potential goal-line backs.