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Griffin struggled with his throws this week, throwing behind his receivers on multiple occasions.
It may be a little unfair to put Griffin on this list since he didn't complete the game, but Sunday was the first time he was made to look like a rookie.
In fairness to the Falcons, they had a good game plan for Griffin and stuck to it. They brought consistent pressure on the pocket, as well as preventing the roll-out.
Tyler Polumbus had another poor game and was consistently beaten by Justin Babineaux. This left Griffin with less time to go through his reads and contributed to his lack of success through the air.
Griffin did look to be developing a good rapport with tight end Fred Davis and showed calmness under pressure when running through his progressions, particularly on a 20-yard completion to Alfred Morris in the second quarter.
However, he also came up short on passes to Pierre Garcon on at least two occasions, as well as throwing behind Davis. On one occasion, Griffin threw almost with both feet off the ground as he attempted a screen pass to Davis while under pressure. He made the throw, but it's a dangerous habit to get into.
Of course, he wasn't helped by Garcon's inability to hold the ball on two routine catches. This has been a criticism of Garcon that he will need to address to justify his price tag.
The Redskins correctly challenged the call when Garcon was ruled to have fumbled in the third quarter, but it was a catch he should have made. He gets the benefit of the doubt here due to the fact he isn't playing at 100 percent.
The Redskins again struggled on third down, with Griffin going 0-for-7 while he was on the field. The pressure from the Falcons limited his options and he was rushed into incompletions.
In the second half, the Redskins needed to make plays and Griffin was attempting to do that when he was hit by Sean Weatherspoon along the sideline. He tried to slide but was awkward in doing so. Weatherspoon hit him as he went down.
Initially, he was described as “shaken up,” but that disconcertingly vague diagnosis was then upgraded to a mild concussion.
In a strange way, this could actually be of benefit to Griffin. Now he knows the inherent risk of taking off and trying to make plays, so maybe he will hesitate to throw himself head-first into tackles.
Kirk Cousins looked even more like a rookie, and the initial hope created by his 77-yard touchdown strike to Santana Moss gave way to two interceptions as he tried to force the game in the final two minutes.
Given his lack of first-team reps, it was too much to ask Cousins to string together a drive to force overtime.