Trent Williams and his good friend RGIII (US Presswire)
ASHBURN, Va. (WUSA) -- Many were under the notion that the Redskins success in 2012 would hinge on how well the offensive line played. Early season injuries to Jamaal Brown and Kory Lichtensteiger had some 'Skins fans pressing the panic button and fearing for Robert Griffin III's safety.
As Washington heads into week seven, it's astonishing to say that the offensive line has been one of the stronger units on the team. Griffin's only been sacked 12 times -- right in the middle of the pack -- and the Redskins rushing attack is second in the NFL, boasting 166 yards on the ground per week and a league leading 11 touchdowns.
The verification of the offensive line being an above average unit will meet it's first true test in the Meadowlands on Sunday. Stalwart left tackle Trent Williams realizes Washington's success hinges on his shoulders in keeping the Giants daunting pass rush at bay.
"This is going to be a huge challenge for us. But we have to play them twice a year. There's no getting away from it. We have to come out and compete at the highest level," Williams said on Wednesday in open locker room.
Williams is playing at a pro bowl level and specifically will be matched up against Jason Pierre-Paul, who himself is blossoming into one of the best defensive talents in the entire NFL. The 23-year-old pass rush specialist, checking in at 6-foot-5, 278 pounds, has accounted for 3.5 of the Giants 14 sacks this season.
"It's his length, athleticism, speed, strength. Everything you would want in a defensive end. There's nothing more you could ask him to do," described Williams. "He's a complete player."
Although Williams said "it will take a little luck" to slow down New York, he won't change his preparation or study habits this week. And he rightfully shouldn't.
Last Sunday Jared Allen did register one sack against the Redskins but it wasn't charged to Williams. Washington's prized left tackle quickly alluded that the Giants do have the best pass rush committee in the entire NFL, with Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora and Mathias Kiwanuka.
"Beating [the Giants] could directly put you in the playoffs. It's going to be a test, but you get paid the big bucks to do this."