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New York Giants news, 9/21: Keenan Robinson ready for his old team

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Linebacker dishes a little inside info on Washington

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Keenan Robinson making a tackle during a preseason game.
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New York Giants linebacker Keenan Robinson, a member of the Washington Redskins from 2012 thru 2015, is looking forward to Sunday’s game against his old team.

“This will be fun,” Robinson said today. “I’m fired up for every game. Every opportunity that I get to play. Every opportunity I get to play my dream and get a chance to have fun.

“This game means a little more to me, obviously, because I used to play for those guys. I know a lot of the guys and a lot of the personnel. I know a lot of people that are still there. It’s going to be a fun game for me. A great opportunity, a great time to just have fun against my old team and go out there and ball.”

Robinson doesn’t start, but he has become a critical part of the defense whenever the Giants leave their base defense in what they expect to be passing situations. Against the New Orleans Saints, Robinson played 52 snaps. Starting middle linebacker Kelvin Sheppard played only 10.

The Giants enter Sunday’s game 2-0, while the defending NFC East champion Redskins are 0-2 and apparently already sniping at each other. In remarks that were not in the transcripts provided by the Giants, Robinson told reporters that type of stuff is not new for Washington.

"When I was there, three out of four years, it was the same thing," said Robinson, who will play against his old team for the first time Sunday when the Giants host the Redskins at MetLife Stadium.

"Once they get down, they start pointing fingers. And that's true. That's what happens."

Stat stuff

A few statistical leftovers from the Giants’ 16-13 victory over the Saints, courtesy of the Giants PR dept.

  • In 2015, the Giants and Saints combined for 101 points in a 52-49 Giants loss. They combined for 29 in Sunday’s 16-13 Giants victory. That 72-point decline was the largest between teams that played in the same or consecutive seasons since 1962. That year, the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings combined for 13 points (a 13-0 Bears victory) after totaling 87 points in their previous game on Dec. 17, 1961 (a 52-35 Bears triumph), a decline of 74 points.
  • New Orleans’ 41 rushing yards was the lowest total allowed by the Giants since Minnesota gained just 30 yards on the ground on Oct. 21, 2013.
  • The Giants’ turnover differentials in their first two games were minus-1 in Dallas and minus-3 vs. New Orleans. This is the first time they have won consecutive games with a negative turnover differential in each since Dec. 2 and 9, 2007 when they defeated Chicago and Philadelphia, both on the road. Yes, that is an unusual — and undesirable — path to victory.

With a victory Sunday at home against Washington, the Giants will become the third franchise in NFL history with 700 combined regular-season and postseason victories:

— Chicago Bears: 758-575-42

Green Bay Packers: 753-569-37

— Giants: 699-591-33

  • Through two weeks, Giants quarterback Eli Manning leads the NFL in completion percentage at 73.9.

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