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New York Giants’ Mathias Kiwanuka Sees Monday as Opportunty to “Create Separation” in NFC East

November 28th, 2012 at 1:10 PM
By Dan Benton

There's no denying the importance of Monday night's game between the New York Giants and Washington Redskins. If the Giants win, they take commanding control of the NFC East with only four games to play, while the Redskins could pull themselves within a game of first place after starting the season 3-6. And for defensive lineman/linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka, he knows the game will come down to whichever team wants it more.

"[Monday is] a game for us to create separation," Kiwanuka said. "It’s going to come down to desire; it’s more than Xs and Os."

Kiwi also understands that the Giants have made a habit of backing into the playoffs in recent years, and that's not something they want to do again this season. As teammate Antrel Rolle said coming out of the bye week, the Giants see this final stretch as a six game season (now 1-0), and want to finish strong.

"We also want to be rolling into the playoffs on a good note," Kiwanuka said.

Finally, Kiwi said he had been fully prepared to go into the game against Green Bay as a defensive end, adding that he didn't even meet with the linebackers last week.

"I definitely love being down there…that’s what I do naturally," he said via conference call. "One meeting room, one line during the drills, that was pretty simple."

There's no telling where Kiwi will line up on Monday night, but if the Giants feel they can go into Washington and continue their success with both three and four safety looks, chances are he'll be on the defensive line once again.


Tags: Antrel Rolle, Football, Mathias Kiwanuka, New York, New York Giants, NFC East, NFL, Washington, Washington Redskins

19 Responses to “New York Giants’ Mathias Kiwanuka Sees Monday as Opportunty to “Create Separation” in NFC East”

  1.  GOAT56 says:


    Valid – I see you have a short memory. Vick in 2010 played some of the best QB we have seen in the NFL. RG3 is only being asked to do so much in term of how he plays QB from the pocket.

    The redskin coaching staff is much better? Really? They have never even won 7 games in DC. Obvoiusly Philly has gone down like a sniking battle ship but Andy reid has years of prove as a upper level coach. Haslet has lead Washington to one of the worse NFL defenses. What’s great about their coaching?

    If you think Washington has better defensive talent than Philly your crazy.

    •  kinsho says:

      In all fairness, comparing the Redskins defense to the Eagles defense is like comparing a fresh pile of feces to a raging dumpster fire.

    •  Valid says:

      Vick had a five-game sample size. Come on. He did not possess the kind of versatility that RGII does. As far as I’m concerned, what Vick did was smoke and mirrors as he NEVER matched that type of production throughout his career. Now I understand that RGIII still has a ways to go, but he looks smarter than Vick ever did.

      And once again, what “talent” does Philly have defensively? The most overrated CB in the NFL in Asomugha? One of the league’s worst run-stopping DEs in Babin? Awful safeties? They have Cole and a past-his-prime Ryans. That’s it.

      •  Valid says:

        Seriously. I am so sick of hearing about all of this so-called “talent” that the Eagles have. If they were so “talented,” they wouldn’t be 11-19 in their last 30 games.

        •  GOAT56 says:

          No Vick in 2010 had a sample size similar to RG3 and he was protected by executing most of his passing game from play action. This type of sample size doesn’t prove anything with RG3 except he’s talented. I doesn’t mean he will be great. Many smart QBs have had issues executing against NFL defenses.

          My point isn’t to hype Philly but to show you how bad the redskin talent is on defense right now. BTW it’s 11-18 including a playoff loss and the redskins have the same record in that span. Only the redskins proceeded that span with 4 losses. The redskins are still just an average team with below average talent in many areas. Every comment you made about the eagles defense applies to Washington. I happen to think Philly has quit because their defense was good last year and this year until they fired their DC. Washington’s defense is playing hard and is still very bad.

          •  GOAT56 says:

            wasn’t not was

            •  Valid says:

              You can’t count the Redskins record from last year because RGIII wasn’t the QB. They are 5-6 this year without arguably their two best defensive players in Orakpo and Carriker. The Eagles were 8-8 last year, are 3-8 this year, and they aren’t missing anybody. They just stink.

              •  Valid says:

                I mean, you don’t think Washington’s defense would be significantly better with Orakpo (who is better than anyone on Philly’s D) and Carriker?

                I am by no means saying that WAS is a great team. I’m just saying they are going to be a hell of a lot better than the Eagles for the next few years.

                •  Valid says:

                  I’d also like to add that from what I can recall, Vick never ran the read option, which is what makes RGIII so lethal.

  2.  GOAT56 says:

    Interesting info in this piece. If Kiwi is now a DE then that changes some things. Is Rivers now the starter at Kiwi’s old spot? Does Tracy get some snaps there? That explains Austin being inactive. If Kiwi is at DE that means more 3-4 DE sets. It also opens up many snaps for Brown to take as a 3rd safety instead of a 3rd LB.

    This should help us versus the pass but it does worry me against the run because Kiwi is good versus the run at SLB.

    •  Levito says:

      He’s obviously a better DE than a LB, but I don’t think it was a permanent move. Rivers can’t be counted on to play consecutive games anyway. But I think it had more to do with not expecting to play much base defense against the pass-happy Packers. The Redskins will run way more and the Giants won’t be able to play the big nickel as much. I’m all for lining up Kiwi at DE, but that relies on Rivers being able to make it through the entire game.

  3.  Krow says:

    John Madden was on Sirius. Looks like he’s shoved Gruden off RG3′s jock and attached his own face there.

    They’ll be brutal Tuesday after the game.

  4.  Grateful Giants says:

    One other thing that could be a factor is that the redskins have been off since last Thursday, and then since the game is monday night, will be off Sunday too so they will have a TON of time to prepare for us.

    In reading the Transcript from Shannahan, he did say he was giving his guys off Fri, Sat and Sunday last week, so there is certainly a possibility for some let down, but on the flip side, they will be fresh.

    But they can RG3 all they want, defense wins championships baby, not running QBs… not once.

  5.  GOAT56 says:

    Valid what are you talking about? Philly is missing it’s whole starting OL. That’s been their main issue why they have imploded. They had a good OL that went to really horrible. Their defense since the DC was fired has been horrible but their OL was always going to keep them from winning more than 7 or 8 games.

    The redskins would be better with those players but they were still bad before they got hurt. the Rams scored 30 on them with both players playing most of the game. And their DBs are way worse than Philly.

    You don’t know Washington is going to be any good. Look at Carolina last year to this year. Their real issue has never been Cam, it’s the lack of talent on the team that forces them to need so much from him to win. With the lack of draft picks and cap space I think the redskins could have similar issues. If Philly returned Vick with a legit OL and their skill position talent they are a team that could easily be better than washington.

    The read option is a college gimmick that the redskins will eventually have to stop. RG3 is 6’6″ and 250 plus like Cam. That whole style of offense will eventually cause RG3 to be banged around like Vick. It’s just a short term ploy to help the redskins win now but it’s not a long term solution like the offense of scheme Luck is working in. I think in the long run they are doing a disservice to RG3′s development by not letting him play in a real pro system.

    •  Levito says:

      RG III is way smaller than Cam. 6’2″, 217 lbs. He’s going to have to stop the read options way sooner than Newton because he won’t be able to take the abuse of getting hit. Fortunately for him, he’s got all-world speed and jumping ability.

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