Why RGIII Won't See the Success from Week 1 Against the St. Louis Rams
Robert Griffin III had a huge performance against the New Orleans Saints in Week 1. Many are saying that this is the greatest outing by a rookie quarterback in NFL history. He finished the game with 320 yards passing and two touchdowns. He also added another 42 yards on the ground, helping his team to gain the win over the recently tarnished Saints.
Is this what we should expect to see every week as we watch the second overall pick in the 2012 draft lead the Washington offense although they haven't had much success in years past? He did have a big game in Week 1, but Week 2 will be very different. If he is looking for the same results, RGIII will be surprised to find that it just won't come that easy.
To recap the Saints' problems, they had the worst offseason in the entire NFL. The bounty scandal shocked New Orleans. Their defensive coordinator left, their head coach was suspended, and multiple key players were suspended for their positions in the bounties which have since been lifted. Heading into Week 1 against the Redskins, not only were Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith out because of this, but key defensive players succumbed to injury. Corner Jabari Greer was out due to his groin and another corner, Johnny Patrick, left the game early because of a foot injury. Mix all this together, and you can see why RGIII and the Redskins had an easy time moving the ball down the field.
With Jeff Fisher completely revamping the St. Louis Rams' entire team, the defense was the standout of their Week 1 performance. Taking on the high-powered offense of Detroit, the Rams only lost the game in the last 10 seconds. They came with different stunts and packages that had quarterback Matt Stafford confused, leading him to throw three interceptions against the stout defense. The greatest receiver in the game today, Calvin Johnson, had 111 yards receiving. Only 22 of those, however, came when he was in man-to-man coverage against new St. Louis addition Cortland Finnegan. Take away a lucky 50-yard prayer heave by Stafford to Johnson and Megatron only has 61 yards in the game.
Washington's offense will face a Rams defense that is much stronger than the battered Saints. Cortland Finnegan leads the way on the outside where he can not only match up to receivers, but make tackles as well since he had 10 against Detroit. On the other side, rookie Janoris Jenkins is showing why he was considered a top shutdown corner out of college adding six total tackles and an interception himself.
The secondary is back on track and the front seven are just as strong. The defensive front will get after RGIII with Chris Long and Robert Quinn leading the way. Newly acquired Kendall Langford will cause problems in the trenches as linebackers James Laurinaitis and Jo-Lonn Dunbar will make plays across the field.
St. Louis is still figuring out their offensive game plan, but the defense is the strongest it has been in a decade and will be ready for Washington and their rookie quarterback. Jeff Fisher will be sure to once again bring multiple looks, disguises and blitzes to confuse the Redskins. This will be a great matchup in which Robert Griffin III will not have nearly the same success as in Week 1 as he goes up against a nasty Rams defense looking to make another statement.
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