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.
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