Robert Griffin III: Redskins Quarterback Will Have Huge Game Against Buccaneers

Mike MoraitisAnalyst ISeptember 29, 2012

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 23: Robert Griffen III #10 of the Washington Redskins looks to pass against the Cincinnati Bengals at FedExField on September 23, 2012 in Landover, Maryland. The Bengals defeated the Redskins 38-31. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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Week 4 of the NFL season is upon us and the Washington Redskins will be led by Robert Griffin III into battle with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Washington suffered a tough loss against the Cincinnati Bengals, dropping the Week 3 matchup by just a touchdown. A loss like that will no doubt make the Redskins hungry to win this week.

Griffin III still put up stellar numbers in the loss. The Redskins' top pick was 21-of-34 for 221 yards and a touchdown. On the ground, Griffin ran the ball 12 times for 85 yards and another score.

He did all of that without his No. 1 receiver, Pierre Garcon, who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game. If Garcon can play, that will give RG3 his best receiver back and will help spread the field for the rest of the Redskins' receivers.

But if Garcon can't go, Griffin III has another new option in Fred Davis.

Davis finally showed up for his best game of the season last week after catching seven passes for 90 yards, although he didn't get into the end zone. It took Davis a little longer to get going than most expected, considering rookie quarterbacks like to use their tight end as a security blanket.

This newest connection with Davis will, no doubt, give a boost to RG3's numbers moving forward.

Most importantly, the Redskins are playing a team that can't defend the pass if its life depended on it. The Bucs have been dreadful against the air attack this season, allowing 353 yards per game through the air, which is good enough for dead-last in the league.

While Tampa Bay might be good against the run, thus far, no opponent they've faced this season has the rushing attack the Redskins have. Washington is currently ranked No. 2 in the NFL, averaging 180 yards per game on the ground.

None of the Bucs' first three opponents (Carolina Panthers, New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys) have been ranked higher than 16th in the run.

Not only will the Bucs have to worry about stopping RG3 on the ground, but they also have to stop an emerging star running back in Alfred Morris.

Washington should have no problem establishing both the passing and running attacks in this game, and that will open up the field for RG3 to run and pass his way to a career day against Tampa Bay.