Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson joined “The Holden and Danny Show” on 106.7 The Fan for his weekly segment to recap the victory over the Minnesota Vikings and discuss how the team plans on slowing down the Super Bowl champion New York Giants.
After a slow start, which included a Robert Griffin III interception, the Redskins found themselves up against the wall with the Vikings in scoring position on three consecutive drives. However, a resilient defense did not surrender a touchdown as Minnesota settled for three field goals instead. Wilson believes this gave the Redskins a mental edge through the game
“At the end of the day we kept them out of the end zone,” said Wilson. “Even on the turnover, our defense stepped up and held them to a field goal. You don’t notice that stuff but as an offense, you get two, three drives and you get it in the red-zone and can’t put it in and you’re held to nine points, that can get on your psyche for the rest of the game.”
The Redskins went on to take a 31-12 lead before the Vikings began to rally in the fourth quarter. Clinging on to a five-point lead after two consecutive touchdown drives by the Vikings, Robert Griffin III broke a 76-yard run touchdown run to seal the victory. Wilson relived what was running through his mind at the time.
“I see the pocket kind of break down and I’m like ‘Come on, this is what we got you here for, make something happen… I need you to make something happen,'” he said. “I see him running. I’m like ‘Alright man, get the first down and slide to keep the clock running.’ He’s coming to the sideline and I’m like ‘Don’t run out of bounds, get the first down, don’t run out of bounds!'”
As Griffin emerges from the pocket and starts his run down the sideline: “The whole side line is (saying) ‘SLIDE, SLIDE!’ ” continued Wilson.
But as soon as Griffin created space between himself and the defenders they all began cheering “KEEP RUNNING, KEEP RUNNING!”
With a 3-3 record heading into their first division game against the Giants, Wilson and the Redskins have plenty of film study on their hands. The defending Super Bowl champs have a litany of weapons on the offensive end that include star receivers Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks as well as running back Ahamad Bradshaw.Wilson says the guy that they need to worry about the most is the one who’s running the show.
“Honestly, who gives us the biggest match-up problem is Eli Manning,” said Wilson. “This guy is going to put the ball on the money. I’ve always had the saying that ‘ I’d rather play two great receivers than a great quarterback.’ It doesn’t matter how great the receivers are if the quarterback can’t get them the ball and this guy can get them the ball.”
The Redskins swept the Giants in two games last season for the first time in over 12 years. Before that they had lost eight of their last ten games when visiting the Giants.