Robert Griffin III: Projecting How Redskins QB Will Fare vs. Giants in Week 7

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 16, 2012

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 14:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins is tackled by Erin Henderson #50 of the Minnesota Vikings during the first half at FedExField on October 14, 2012 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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The nation's capital is abuzz after Robert Griffin III lifted the Washington Redskins to their first home win since Week 2 of last season.

Thanks to a 76-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter, Washington's rookie quarterback is coming off the most dominant fantasy performance of his young career last week against the Minnesota Vikings

Griffin torched the Vikings' defense through the air and on the ground, accounting for 320 total yards and three touchdowns in the Washington win. The brilliant outing came surprisingly just one week after he suffered a concussion against the Atlanta Falcons.

So, what should we expect to see from RG3 this weekend? 

Here we project Robert Griffin III's Week 7 performance in his first taste of the bitter NFC East rivalry between the 'Skins and G-Men. 


Passing Projection

Look for RG3 to thrive as a passer this weekend at MetLife Stadium. The New York Giants are surrendering 270 passing yards to their opponents on average at home this season. In their most recent home game against the Cleveland Browns, the Giants gave up 291 yards passing and two touchdowns to rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden.

Of the 11 offensive touchdowns New York has given up in 2012, eight of them have come through the air. That's no surprise though, considering Tom Coughlin's defense ranks just 21st against the pass this year. 

Meanwhile, Griffin has thrown five touchdown passes in six games. He has only thrown for multiple touchdowns in one game however, and that was way back in Week 1 vs. the New Orleans Saints. Given the state of the Giants' secondary and RG3's lack of explosive weapons in the passing game, I project he'll finish Week 7's matchup with close to 250 yards and just one TD pass.

Projection: 20-for-27, 245 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception


Rushing Projection

The last speedy quarterback the Giants faced was Philadelphia's Michael Vick in Week 4. Vick rushed six times against New York in that matchup and averaged over eight yards per carry to finish with 49 rushing yards for the game. 

Therefore, fantasy owners should expect RG3 to rack up some significant yardage on the ground in Week 7. Although he won't average 10.6 yards per carry like last week against Minnesota, Griffin will no doubt end up somewhere in the ballpark of his 63-yard average.

Also keep in mind that RG3 has scored six rushing touchdowns this season and has failed to score on the ground in just two of six games. 

Projection: 9 carries, 65 yards, 1 touchdown


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