The New York Giants can essentially wrap up the NFC East on "Monday Night Football" this week with a win over the 5-6 Washington Redskins. Robert Griffin III has made Washington one of the toughest teams in the league to prepare for, but he's only one man.
"They're still a couple pieces away from actually being a contender, them being in legitimate talks for playoffs and things like that," Cruz said on a conference call Wednesday via the Star-Ledger. "They're still a few pieces away whether it be defensively or wherever they are missing some pieces. But I think they've definitely -- they've got to be in the conversation. They've got a good team, they play good football, they hold the ball for a long time, and they really do some good things. So I definitely put them in that conversation, for sure."
We don't see Cruz's words as trash talk. He was asked a question and answered it honestly. The Redskins are a few pieces away, especially on defense.
The Redskins have been the worst team in the division on balance for more than a decade. It will take some high-profile wins by Washington -- like on Monday night -- to change that.
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