- Robert Griffin III
- Washington Redskins
- Redskins 31, Eagles 6
- 14-for-15, 200 YD, 4 TD, 0 INT
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- Matt Schaub
- Houston Texans
- Texans 43, Jaguars 37, OT
- 43-for-55, 527 YD, 5 TD, 2 INT
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The Pregame Pressure
Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins desperately needed a win over the Philadelphia Eagles to keep their playoff hopes alive. A victory would pull the Redskins within two games of the NFC East-leading New York Giants, while a loss would drop the Redskins into last place in the division. Washington had lost three straight games heading into this contest, and the pressure was on RG3 to get the team back on track.
Matt Schaub and the Houston Texans couldn't afford a home loss to the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars. It would drop them into a tie with the Baltimore Ravens for the AFC's best record, potentially jeopardizing their goal of attaining home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. A win would give the Texans plenty of breathing room in the AFC South.
The In-Game Performance
Griffin was incredibly efficient and productive in the Redskins' 31-6 thrashing of the Eagles. He attempted just 15 passes, but he made the most of them, recording just one incompletion and throwing four touchdown passes. RG3 also carried the ball 12 times for a team-leading 84 yards. He ran the Washington offense to perfection and didn't turn the ball over a single time.
Schaub had a record-breaking performance in the Texans' 43-37 overtime victory over the Jaguars, completing a team-record 43 of his 55 pass attempts for 527 yards and five touchdowns. His yardage total was also good for second-best in NFL history. Schaub helped the Texans overcome a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit, then threw the winning touchdown pass in overtime. On the downside, he did throw two interceptions.
The Post-Game Pick
Schaub's numbers were astounding, but RG3 had the more impressive performance. Neither faced a particularly strong opponent, but RG3 played a cleaner game. He didn't turn the ball over and threw just one incompletion all afternoon. RG3 also led his team in rushing; the threat that he posed opened things up for the Redskins' other ball carriers. -- Daniel Jeremiah