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Robert Griffin III: Predictions for Redskins Star vs. Bengals in Week 3

ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 16: Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins passes against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on September 16, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Alex KayCorrespondent ISeptember 19, 2012

Robert Griffin III has been nothing short of a revelation for the Washington Redskins this season.

It’s exactly what they expected when they traded the No. 6 and No. 39 overall picks in 2012 and No. 1s in 2013 and 2014 to the St. Louis Rams in order to move up and draft the Heisman-winning quarterback.

Through two games, the young star has completed 39-of-55 pass attempts for 526 yards and three touchdowns and just one interception.

He’s also carried it 20 times for 124 yards and two TDs, with just one lost fumble.

Will Griffin be able to keep up this epic pace against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 3?

Let’s make some predictions.

 

Projected Stats: 22-of-30, 269 yards, three touchdowns, one interception. Eight carries, 72 yards, one touchdown.

The Bengals defense this year has been atrocious. The secondary gave up 322 yards to fellow first-round rookie Brandon Weeden last week, and the Cleveland Browns signal-caller isn’t nearly as skilled as RGIII is.

While the Rams and New Orleans Saints don’t exactly possess the best two defenses in football, they are certainly comparable to Cincy’s, and Griffin III had no problem torching them for big gains through the air and on the ground.

 

Outcome: Redskins 28, Bengals 24

RGIII will likely account for every single TD scored in this game for the ‘Skins.

However, their defense is going to have to do just enough to keep the Bengals from taking a lead and putting the game out of reach early.

That will be easier said than done with Brian Orakpo and Adam Carriker out for the season.

As long as Washington is getting the ball back in its rookie QB’s hands and keeping it out of the end zone, it will have a great chance to emerge victorious.

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