The Lions got the victory, but the storyline remains Robert Griffin III's early struggles as the Redskins fell to 0-3. However, the questions about Griffin being benched should be silenced by his performance. It is clear RGIII needs reps. He's getting a better handle on his surgically repaired knee with every quarter he plays.
The Redskins' game plan focused on RGIII getting the ball out of his hands early, which was the reason for his pedestrian passing numbers early in the first half. As the game went on, Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan used play action and some read-option passes to gain chunks of yardage.
Griffin again made mistakes. His inexcusable first-half interception (4th of the season) when he should have thrown the ball away was a rookie-type mistake.
The first was a 21-yard scramble in which Griffin eluded the rush, burst forward and outran several defenders. Unfortunately he dove head first as defenders converged on him and fumbled the ball, killing a promising drive.
The second was a beautiful 57-yard bomb to Aldrick Robinson that was initially called a touchdown, but overturned upon review.
Griffin is only three games into his recovery. As the season progresses, we expect him to show more and more flashes of 2012 RGIII.
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