Washington Redskins' Robert Griffin III Samples Big Apple, but Catches Worm

By Greg Bradshaw
The Star-Ledger-US PRESSWIRE

Many NFL fans wonder if the Washington Redskins’ Week Seven game against the New York Giants would be the venue that Redskins’ quarterback Robert Griffin III would hit the rookie wall. Coming into this game, Griffin III was completing 70 percent of his passes and had thrown only two interceptions. He has also been vital to Washington’s running game, considering he is the team’s second leading rusher.

However, this time he was facing the Super Bowl 46 champion Giants. Led by their own superstar quarterback, two time Super Bowl champion Eli Manning, New York was looking to solidify their hold on first place in the NFC East. Aided by the Giants’ superior pass rush of defensive linemen Osi Umenyiora, Justin Tuck, and Jason Pierre-Paul, taking down the Giants in their home stadium would prove no easy task.

But Griffin III was up to the challenge, despite Washington coming up on the losing end against New York. In fact, the play of Griffin III gave the Redskins their only chance for victory. Simply put, the man nicknamed “RG3” kept the Redskins in the game. He completed passes to a myriad of receivers. He earned first downs with his arm and his legs. He converted on third and fourth downs. He threw two touchdown passes. Nothing more could have been asked of Griffin III.

Although there’s no shame in losing on the road to the defending Super Bowl champion Giants, there’s no time to dwell on that now. The Redskins’ next opponent, the hard hitting Pittsburgh Steelers, are led by another  two time Super Bowl champion quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger. If Washington has any chance of upsetting the Steelers on the road, Griffin III will have to be at his best. If his performance against New York was any indication, the Redskins might have a chance.

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