There is something of a war of words developing between the Redskins and Giants.
It sort of started yesterday, when Eli Manning went on WFAN and said that he was able to better decipher what the coverage would be on the play that ended up being his game-winning 77-yard touchdown pass to Victor Cruz because the Redskins had shown it when the Giants had the ball late in the first half.
"Just thinking back to some of the coverages that they ran in the two-minute drill before halftime. Obviously that's an advantage that we got to have a two-minute drill, so you got to see how they played these coverages. You have a feeling you'll run these plays, how they'll all turn out versus the different looks that they brought."
DeAngelo Hall was on the other side of the field for the fateful play but he was asked about it today and about Manning recognizing the coverage.
“I don’t feel like he made that play; I feel like we gave them that play," Hall said. "That was nothing he did . . . we just had one guy set his feet, one guy not do this and, man, I could have threw that ball and he could have scored.
"It wasn’t something he was just a rocket scientist and he just figured out. We just played that as bad as possible."
Reporters are allowed into the Giants’ locker room at a later time during the day so by that time, Hall’s comments had made it to the New York press corps via Twitter and some quick articles written. They asked some Giants for their reactions.
“It’s definitely a little disrespectful but we can't dwell on it,” said Cruz.
"DeAngelo is not that smart if they gave it to them,” said defense end Justin Tuck. “I love how DeAngelo plays, he is an awesome player. But to give a person a game-winning touchdown . . . “
Manning shrugged off Hall’s comments. "I appreciate him giving it to me," Manning said. "Thank you."
He added, "I didn't think it took a rocket scientist to figure it out, either. We had a guy running open, and we hit him."
As wars of words go, it was rather tame. Still, it will be an interesting rematch on Monday night, Dec. 3, at FedEx Field.