Robert Griffin III: Why QB Will Lead Skins to Upset over Steelers

Ryan DavenportContributor IOctober 26, 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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For a guy who's won just three of his first seven games in the NFL, Robert Griffin III has certainly made a name for himself already.

Heading into Week 8, despite the Washington Redskins' less-than-impressive record, the rookie quarterback has been arguably the most exciting rookie to enter the league in recent memory, and in doing so, the former No. 2 overall pick has given D.C. more than enough reason to believe that the future will be bright as long as RGIII remains under center.

That's because the reigning Heisman Trophy winner has been an electrifying presence on the field for the Skins, equally capable of taking off for a 70-yard run or throwing a deep bomb with pinpoint accuracy.

Now, with Griffin and the Redskins set to take on Ben Roethlisberger and the 3-3 Pittsburgh Steelers, the star quarterback is ready to write the next chapter in his increasingly impressive rookie season.

Last week, Griffin turned heads in the Skins' game against the Giants in New York, but despite his gaudy numbers and clutch touchdown pass to Santana Moss, Washington ended up with a loss.

On Sunday, RGIII and the Redskins' fast-improving offense will out-gun Big Ben, Antonio Brown and Mike Wallace, and help the Skins get back to .500 heading into Week 9.

No, they won't dominate by throwing the ball, as the Steelers boast the second-ranked pass defense in the league, but the Redskins don't have to, which is the beauty of Robert Griffin III.

Instead, Griffin and Alfred Morris, who is proving to be an outstanding rookie in his own right, will continue to be the league's top rushing duo, and they'll be too much for the Steelers defense to handle.

Against Pittsburgh, the Redskins know that in order to win, they'll have to dominate the ground game. Luckily for them, CBS Sports has reported via Twitter that the Steelers will be without one of their most important players:

Source: Rashard Mendenhall out Week 8... have turned to other options in the backfield, including J. Dwyer:

With both Mendenhall and Troy Polamalu out for Sunday's game, Griffin surely recognizes this opportunity to notch yet another impressive win.

In Week 8, Griffin and Morris will out-rush Jonathan Dwyer and the Steelers, and though RGIII may not have as many highlight-reel runs as he has had in previous weeks, the Skins will score enough to compensate for Pittsburgh's advantage through the air. 

Griffin has been Washington's savior thus far, and that trend won't stop on Sunday.