Washington Redskins’ quarterback Robert Griffin III has taken the NFL, as well as the city of Washington, D.C, by storm. He has engineered a three game winning streak that has the Redskins in the NFC playoff conversation. It’s a conversation that most considered laughable after Washington’s low point of the season, a 21-13 Week Nine loss to the Carolina Panthers. Considering that the Panthers had earned only one victory at the time, it’s easy to see why a Redskins’ 2012 playoff berth was out of reach.
Those days seem long ago after consecutive divisional victories over the Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, and New York Giants. Griffin III is a big reason why. During the three game winning streak, he has thrown nine touchdown passes and only one interception. That’s quite remarkable, considering he is a rookie quarterback playing a dynamic style of football that could leave Washington vulnerable to turnovers.
I might be going out on a limb, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Washington Redskins reached the playoffs and won the Super Bowl. I might have a better chance of winning the next Powerball drawing than Washington winning the Super Bow in 2012l. However, the Redskins’ offense has been efficient all season, averaging 26 points a game. While the defensive unit has struggled most of the season, they have played better, limiting the Giants to only 16 points in the Redskins’ last game, a 17-16 Week 13 victory.
Another factor to consider focuses on the other teams in the NFC, specifically the current NFC division leaders. The NFC South’s Atlanta Falcons have the best record in the conference at 11-1. The Falcons beat Washington 24-17 Week Five after Atlanta knocked Griffin III out of the game with a concussion. If Griffin III hadn’t been knocked out of the game, Washington might have won that game.
The Redskins have already beaten the Giants, who currently lead the Redskins and Cowboys by one game for the division lead. The other two divisional leaders, the Green Bay Packers in the NFC North, and the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC West, have been decidedly underwhelming. Besides, in recent years, teams like the Packers and Giants have gone on winning streaks to win the NFL’s ultimate prize in recent years as a wild card team. Why can’t Washington be one of those teams?
Granted, Washington has a tough road to the playoffs. The Redskins could win the rest of their games and it wouldn’t matter. The teams ahead of them in the NFC playoff picture, the Giants, Seattle Seahawks and Chicago Bears, would need to lose at least one game for Washington to have a chance. Even if the Redskins did reach the Super Bowl, they would need to play their best game of the season against the AFC Super Bowl participant to win the title. Nevertheless, the Redskins are currently playing their best football of the 2012 season, and stranger things have happened before. Oh well, at least with Griffin III under center, it’s going to be a great ride.