The Washington Redskins’ 27-20 Week 16 road victory over the Philadelphia Eagles saw the return of rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III to the Redskins’ starting lineup. He missed Washington’s 38-21 Week 15 road victory over the Cleveland Browns due to a right knee injury. While backup quarterback Kirk Cousins filled in admirably in recent weeks, it’s common knowledge that Griffin III gives the Redskins the best opportunity to win.
Washington’s latest victory sets up a NFC East title showdown with their most hated rivals, the Dallas Cowboys, in their 2012 NFL season finale. Robert Griffin III is a good quarterback who is capable of providing the type of levity that has been missing at the quarterback position for the Redskins since the days of Joe Theismann. However, if Robert Griffin III plays against the Cowboys, the Redskins will lose to the Cowboys, as well as the NFC East title that comes with a Week 17 victory.
You see, the Redskins need RG3, and not Robert Griffin III to show up against the Cowboys. RG3 is a multidimensional quarterback that provides a strong throwing arm, as well as outstanding running ability, to make plays. No one can expect Griffin III to provide the sensational plays he exhibited before his knee injury because he needs time to heal. He played with a black brace on his knee against Philadelphia, which limited his mobility to the tune of four rushing yards.
Washington was victorious against the Eagles, but Philadelphia is not exactly a team brimming with talent. The Cowboys feature talented quarterback Tony Romo, big play wide receiver Dez Bryant, and seven time Pro Bowl tight end Jason Witten. They anchor a Dallas offense that can score points in a hurry. Considering the Thanksgiving Day game between the Redskins and Cowboys was a 38-31 shootout won by Washington, the Redskins may need a similar outburst to win the NFC East title.
That’s why the multidimensional RG3 is needed against Dallas. The Redskins’ quarterback that defeated the Eagles in Washington’s last game, while efficient, was also pedestrian. Redskins’ fans need to see the Washington quarterback that streaked down the sideline for a breathtaking 76 yard touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings. In a broader sense, Redskins’ fans need to see the Washington quarterback that offers the multidimensional threat that gives opposing offensive coordinators nightmares.
Simply put, Robert Griffin III needs to take a backseat to RG3 if the Redskins are to win their first NFC East title since 1999. If that happens, then Washington will put off the feat that few could have imagined months ago. That would provide another interesting chapter to an already interesting 2012 season for the Redskins