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Kiwanuka says Giants are better despite what unpadded people think

Washington Redskins running back Tim Hightower is crushed

Washington Redskins running back Tim Hightower is crushed by New York Giants linebackers Greg Jones (53), Mathias Kiwanuka (94) and Spencer Paysinger (55) during the first half. (Sept. 11, 2011) Credit: AP

Mathias Kiwanuka said the Giants aren’t the type of team that needs to talk about how great they are. Then he said how great they are.

The Giants linebacker was asked about the trash-talking Jets, who less than 24 hours after being throttled by the Eagles were chirping away about how they are better than the Giants. At least Rex Ryan was in his conference call.

“Talking trash isn’t going to help you out on the field,” Kiwanuka said. “Some people need to do it to get themselves amped up. We’re not that kind of team. When we’re clicking, we’re clicking because we’ve decided as a group that we’re going to do this. When you’re out there on the field it’s football and people are going to talk to each other, but there’s no sense in talking before the game or in the media or in the locker room because you have to go out there and prove it. That’s what we’re all about. We’re about going out there and beating people up and making sure they understand why we came to play.”

So does Kiwanuka think the Giants are the better team?

“I know we’re the better team,” he said. “We just have to go out there and prove it.”

That’s sort of what Ryan was pointing to today when he said it’s hard to argue for the Giants when they haven’t made the playoffs the last two years and the Jets have been to two straight AFC title games.

“The beautiful thing about it is we’re going to find out real soon,” Kiwanuka said. “I’m not worried about anything anybody says, especially somebody who’s not going to have pads on.”

That prompted the front-runner for line of the week from Giants senior vice president of communications and founding president of the Rex Ryan fan club Pat Hanlon.

“That’s not padding?”

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