A couple of weeks ago Michael Wilbon ESPN Analyst called Robert Griffin III the best player in the NFL and at that time I was completely surprised by what I considered to be an overhype of a rookie still trying to find his path in this ever changing NFL scene. Moreover, last season everyone was ready to put Cam Newton into the Football Hall of Fame after his amazing rookie campaign. Now Newton in his sophomore season is struggling heavily and his Panthers are pretty much on the verge of mediocrity.
Watching the thanksgiving matchup between the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys I couldn’t help but to wonder if maybe Michael Wilbon may have been right with he’s assessment of this kid. Everyone knows divisional matchups are always tough to predict due to the familiarity between both teams. Yet thanks RGIII (Robert Griffin III) the Washington Redskins ran all over their divisional foes the last two weeks which such ease and now they are beginning to look like the best team in the NFC East.
Against the Philadelphia Eagles RGIII was 14-15 for 200 yards and 4 TDs, he also ran all-over the over-hyped and over-paid Eagles secondary with 84 rushing yards on 12 carries and as impressive a performance as that was, I just figured it ws only possible because it was the Eagles: they are a hot mess. Then in Jerry (Jones) world of pleasure on Turkey day – RGIII gave Jason Garrett and the Rob Ryan Dallas Cowboys defense a clinic on how to play the Quarterback position.
Robert Griffin III was 20-28 for 311 yards and 4 TDs and added 29 rushing yards on 6 attempts. The Washington Redskins had complete control of this game from the get go and though the final score was 38-31 the final outcome of the game was never in doubt.
So is Robert Griffin III really that good, or the Eagles and Cowboys just a bunch of choking dogs?
His (RGIII) season has been nothing short of impressive so far – passed for over 2500 yards and rushed for 650 plus yards, he has added 22 TDs (16 passing and 6 rushing) and is second in the league completing 65 percent of his passes and a passer rating of 104.6.
Still, I will not go as far as to call him the best QB in the game today, but with all thing considered he is getting close to been ranked in the top 10 for this season. To be considered a top tier QB or best play maker like Wilbon suggests, he is going to need to take this ragtag Washington Redskins squad to the playoffs this season and that my friend is not going to be an easy task. At this point the Redskins are 5-6 on the season and with NFL Standings showing the 49ERs, Packers, Falcons, Vikings, Bucs and even the Saints lately playing unbelievable football – the NFC East might only have one team in the playoffs this season. This means the Redskins need to win the division to make the playoffs and thus far that one and only spot belongs to the defending superbowl champions the New York Giants.
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The Giants have a tough road ahead of them with the Packers in week 12 and then RGIII and the Redskins at Fedex Field in week 13. The Redskins Schedule on the other hand is much easier but this game against the Giants will be a good time for him (RGIII) to showcase his talent and take the Skins to a much needed victory at home.
So, is Robert Griffin III really the best player in the NFL?
Let’s see him finish off this NFL season by taking his Washington Redskins to the playoffs and then do it again next season. Then and maybe just then we can be sure King RGIII is not just a flash in the pan. For more Robert Griffin III Facebook