Robert Griffin III: Redskins Rookie QB Will Continue to Amaze vs. Bengals

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistSeptember 19, 2012

ST LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 16:  Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins 'Tebows' in celebration after throwing a long pass for a touchdown during the game against the St. Louis Rams at Edward Jones Dome on September 16, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Rookies aren't supposed to make playing quarterback look easy. It's a position for battle-tested veterans like Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, who have spent years perfecting their craft. That's why the play of Robert Griffin III has captivated fans around the NFL.

Two games into his career, the former Baylor star and Heisman Trophy winner has illustrated why the Washington Redskins decide to give up a boatload of valuable draft picks in order to ensure he would be the team's new franchise quarterback.

Griffin is averaging 325 yards of offense per game, completing 71 percent of his passes and has tallied five touchdowns while turning the ball over just once. His quarterback rating of 111.6 ranks fourth in the NFL, ahead of just about every big-name signal caller.

Perhaps the most impressive thing of all has been his decision-making ability. He knows his legs can get him out of trouble when the pocket collapses, but doesn't overdo it and put himself in the line of danger. And he has consistently chosen the safe option on passes.

He's not going to play at this remarkable level for the entire season, of course. Defensive coordinators will eventually get enough tape on him and make the necessary adjustments, but that's all part of the process of becoming a star at the position.

It's a constant struggle between defenses trying to make life as difficult as possible and the quarterback exploiting the available weakness. For Griffin, that means some weeks he'll have to run more and other weeks he'll need to stand tall in the pocket and deliver strikes.

The good news for Redskins fans is that he's already shown the ability to do both at a high level. Although the competition hasn't exactly been elite in the New Orleans Saints and St. Louis Rams defenses, it doesn't take away from what he's accomplished.

Griffin's matchup in Week 3 is another favorable one. The Redskins face off with the Cincinnati Bengals, a team that is allowing more than 400 yards per game and hasn't force a single interception through two weeks.

It's not like the Bengals faced the league's top offenses, either. They played the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns. So there's not much standing in the way of Griffin having another tremendous showing on Sunday.

There are some bigger tests on the horizon, including the Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers, and it will be interesting to see how he reacts.

Judging by his first two games, he's not going to back down from any challenge. Sit back and enjoy the ride, Redskins fans.