Redskins vs. Giants: Robert Griffin III Continues to Shine in Losing Effort

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistOctober 21, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 21: Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins drops back to pass against the New York Giants during their game at MetLife Stadium on October 21, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
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The Washington Redskins blew a late-game lead on Sunday, but that doesn't negate another dynamic performance from rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Griffin III went 20-of-28 passing for 258 yards and two touchdowns, including a scoring toss to Santana Moss with 1:32 remaining to give his team a 23-20 lead. He did have an interception late in the third quarter, but that hardly overshadows his overall day through the air.

Running-wise, Griffin III didn't disappoint either. With nine carries for 89 yards, RG3 demanded attention on every play. This allowed the read option to work more efficiently, which played a large part in Alfred Morris' 120-yard day.

It's hard to blame Griffin III for turning the ball over. He still needs to be careful, but he only had three interceptions entering Sunday's game. Tossing one more and losing one fumble (out of two) isn't the end of the world, especially against the Giants' daunting front four.

The rookie signal-caller, even in a losing effort, led his team in their time of need. His dual-threat ability is astounding, and he plays with the moxie of a player well beyond his years.

Sunday's game was a game that Washington would have liked to win. When Griffin III hit Moss late in the game, it seemed like Washington would win, but Eli Manning's toss to Victor Cruz said otherwise.

This game against the Giants was Griffin III's first taste of the rugged NFC East, and he stood up to the challenge. New York was out to show the rookie it's still its division, but Washington also showed why it's a very dangerous squad from here on out.

With RG3 behind center, anything can happen. The Redskins ultimately lost the game, but his ability to bounce back from crucial turnovers shows how advanced he is at this stage of his career.

Next week against the Steelers, Griffin III will face another team intent on putting the rookie in his place. Even if the Redskins defense doesn't show up, it's hard to imagine this rookie not doing his job for four quarters.

Washington, as a team, still has a little ways to go. Its pass defense struggles to stop the big play, and the offensive line could have done a better job on Sunday; however, this team is on the fast track to success in a jumbled NFC East.

The reason for that is simple. Griffin III is special, and he makes the entire offense better on a game-by-game basis.