The Washington Redskins are hanging around on the edge of the playoff race in the National Football League with just three weeks to go. Washington will be without Robert Griffin III for their Week 15 game with Kirk Cousins taking over. This will end the Redskins’ hopes of getting any closer to the playoffs though.
Cousins is not in the same league as Griffin as a quarterback and while he is very talented, he just isn’t Griffin. It is a tough matchup this week as Washington heads west to play the Cleveland Browns, who have been on a roll lately. Cousins should get harassed all afternoon by the Cleveland defense and will likely finish with just 200 yards passing or so with a touchdown and 2-3 interceptions. I’m not saying that Cousins can’t be a successful NFL quarterback because I think another year will help his development but being thrown in the fire at this point of the season isn’t going to end well.
There are fans in Washington that have waited a long time for their team to be successful again and this year has been great for those fans watching RGIII run around the field along with the rushing of fellow rookie Alfred Morris. If there were an expanded playoff this season, I would say that Washington would sneak in with the final spot but the Griffin injury puts a wet blanket on the fire for the Redskins. Washington must have Griffin back next week if their playoff hopes have any life in them by then.
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