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Robert Griffin III: Redskins QB Won't Have a Great Game in Week 7 vs. Giants

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 14:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins throws a pass against the Minnesota Vikings during a game at FedExField on October 14, 2012 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Nicholas GossCorrespondent IOctober 15, 2012

Fantasy football owners who started Robert Griffin III on Sunday were happy that the Washington Redskins quarterback had a fantastic performance in a victory over the Minnesota Vikings, but don't expect another great game from the rookie against the New York Giants in Week 7.

Griffin suffered a concussion in Week 5. Nevertheless, not only was he able to play in Week 6, but he also racked up 320 total yards with three touchdowns and one interception. This performance included a spectacular touchdown run.

Robert Griffin III's 76-yard TD run is longest rush by QB since Kordell Stewart on Dec. 22, 1996 (80 yards, also a TD)

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 14, 2012

Against the Giants in Week 7, Griffin will have a much tougher time dominating like he did on Sunday. The Giants defense was very impressive against a quality San Francisco 49ers team in Week 6.

Going into Sunday's game, the 49ers offense had scored 79 points over the previous two weeks, but could only score three points versus the Giants defense in Week 6.

The G-Men limited 49ers quarterback Alex Smith to just 200 yards passing and three interceptions in Week 6. Smith did not look good at all, and the Giants secondary had a tremendous game plan to confuse him and create turnovers.

Expect the Giants to create defensive schemes that will cause Griffin trouble, too. He hasn't played any elite defenses yet this season, and with the Giants secondary really playing well, Sunday could be a frustrating day for the young quarterback.

New York has already played two of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the NFL this year in Michael Vick of the Philadelphia Eagles and Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers. Neither player had much success against the Giants defense.

  Passing       Rushing  
Player Yards TD INT Sacks Yards TD
Vick 241 1 0 2 49 0
Newton 242 0 3 2 6 0

As you can see, the Giants have prevented dual-threat quarterbacks from having incredible games for fantasy owners.

In the likely event that Griffin does not have another huge touchdown run like he did on Sunday, he won't put up a ton of fantasy points for your team this week.

New York's offense has averaged over 30 points per game over the last two weeks, and the return of star wide receiver Hakeem Nicks is going to make an already impressive pass offense even better.

Expect the Giants to open up an early lead against the Redskins, which will force Griffin to throw a lot against a defense that is full of confidence after forcing six turnovers (five interceptions, one fumble) in the last two games. The Giants defense also had six sacks on Sunday.

If you play in a one-quarterback league, and Griffin is your only good quarterback, start the Redskins star. However, if you have another quality QB with a better Week 7 matchup, consider starting that player over Griffin.

The Giants are arguably the best team in the NFL right now, and their defense keeps getting stronger as the season progresses. New York's front seven, and guys like Jason Pierre-Paul in particular, will be very motivated to stop Griffin from dominating them in his first career start versus the Giants.

Don't expect Griffin to be a fantasy star in Week 7 because of his tough matchup with the fantastic Giants defense.

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