The Giants are facing RG3 for the first time on Sunday. The first of many times, most likely. This is a quarterback who the Giants could be facing 20 or more times in the next 10 years.
Griffin is the first rookie franchise quarterback to enter the division since Eli Manning in 2004. There have been other quarterbacks who have come in and been franchise quarterbacks, but none who were starters and rookies who were expected to be around for a long while. So how important is it for both the Giants and Griffin to make the most of this first meeting against each other?
Very, says David Carr.
Carr was once the young rookie franchise quarterback who came into the division and said that there can definitely be some trends established in a first game.
“I remember playing our first road game and we beat Jacksonville our first road game against Mark Brunell,” Carr said. “And then, from then on, for some reason, we beat Jacksonville a lot. We didn’t beat a lot of teams, but we had Jacksonville’s number. It was one of those deals where, especially against a team you’re going to play a lot and a coordinator you’re going to play, I think that it’s very important to get off to a good start. It kind of puts it in the back of their mind that, alright, these guys have done this to us in the past and they might do that again. If something goes bad they might be like ‘Here we go again.’ But it’s very important.”
It works the other way, too. Carr said that was the case with the Indianapolis Colts.
“The first time we went up there and played them in Indy they beat us like we stole something and it didn’t change for the next four years,” Carr said. “We beat them one time and that was at home. So, yeah, you can get a sense of how a team plays against you and it goes from there.”