Robert Griffin III Injury: Projecting Banged-Up Redskins QB's Output vs. Vikings

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 14, 2012

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 07: Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins warms up before taking on the Atlanta Falcons at FedExField on October 7, 2012 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will be on the field in Week 6 versus the Minnesota Vikings, which means both good and bad news for fantasy owners.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported via Twitter that RG3 will start Sunday despite suffering a concussion in Week 5 vs. Atlanta: 

Not that there was a question, but @rgiii will start today vs. Minnesota.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 14, 2012


With RG3 set to clash with the surprising 4-1 Vikings on Sunday afternoon, here we'll break down how the sides match up and what to expect from the Redskins rookie signal-caller.


Good News

The best news for fantasy owners is that RG3 will start versus Minnesota. Therefore, barring any unforeseen complications, he'll have four quarters and plenty of chances to light up the scoreboard at FedEx Field.

Even more exciting news for those looking to start Griffin on Sunday is that the Vikings rank just 15th in the NFL defending the pass, allowing over 225 yards through the air per game on average. Six of the seven touchdowns Minnesota has surrendered this season have come through the air as well.

So, if Griffin plays like himself on Sunday afternoon then he should have plenty of opportunities to complete passes down the field and rack up some yards against Minnesota's average secondary. 

That's where the fun ends, however.


Bad News

Although RG3 is set to start versus Minnesota, there is a lot he'll have to overcome. 

First off, Griffin is coming off a concussion and an irregular week of preparation. Not only that but he also had a lackluster performance against the Falcons before going down last week, failing to score a touchdown in a game for the first time this season.

After scoring seven touchdowns in the first three weeks of the season, RG3 has accounted for just one score over the last two weeks, a rushing touchdown at Tampa Bay in Week 4. Sure, he is due for a touchdown at home this week, but that doesn't guarantee it will happen. 

Another concern for fantasy owners should be Minnesota's stout run defense. While the Vikings are mediocre against the pass, they are formidable against the run, ranking sixth in the league entering Week 6. The Vikings are allowing an average of less than 79 yards on the ground per game in 2012.

Considering a huge part of RG3's production comes on the ground, Minnesota's front seven should hamper his fantasy output this weekend.

The Vikings have allowed just three total touchdowns over the last three weeks and are firing on all cylinders defensively. RG3 will be assigned the difficult task of somehow igniting an offense that is averaging just over 20 points per game over the last two weeks against a defense that has locked down the end zone in recent weeks.



I believe Griffin will complete about 67 percent of his passes on Sunday and find the end zone just once through the air. I project he'll go 20-for-30 for one touchdown and one interception.

With Mike Shanahan relying heavily on the Redskins' fourth-ranked rushing attack to carry the burden offensively, I don't expect much rushing output from RG3. I'll say four carries for an extra 20 yards on the ground in Week 6.


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