The Washington Redskins are 0-2 and several members of the media have questioned whether Robert Griffin III should be starting at quarterback for Week 3. This makes them a very dangerous team, which is something the Detroit Lions wanted to avoid after losing in Week 2.
Regardless of how poorly Griffin has performed in the first two games of the season, there is no question the Lions must contain him if they want to be victorious on Sunday. The Redskins got blown out by a very good Green Bay Packers team, which means Detroit should not take Washington lightly. Even though the Redskins lost by 18 points, Griffin was still very productive as he posted 320 passing yards and three touchdowns.
The 23-year-old has only attempted nine rushes for 25 yards this season, including a measly 0.3 yards per carry against the Packers. With that being said, his ability to pick up first downs with his legs is definitely a concern, regardless if he is still favoring his surgically-repaired knee that kept him out of the preseason. There is a good chance the Redskins will try to implement more running plays into their game plan in the third week of the season so the Lions must be ready for anything when facing the read-option offense.
Detroit must cover everything on defense considering they are trying to bounce back from a tough loss to the Arizona Cardinals. That means studying the read-option offense to no end, even if the players are convinced there is no way Griffin is going to pull the ball down and take off. All it takes is one game for the signal caller to get back into the swing of things before he starts flashing some greatness once again. The last thing the Lions want is for him to get back into the swing of things against them.