Washington Redskins

Robert Griffin: Rookie Star Will Outplay Cam Newton in Dual-Threat QB Showdown

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 28:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins drops back to pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the game on October 28, 2012 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Mike ShiekmanFeatured ColumnistNovember 4, 2012

Robert Griffin III thinks that he shouldn’t be compared to Cam Newton. He can end all the hoopla with a statement game against Newton’s Carolina Panthers.

The Washington Redskins are losers of their last two games. No more moral victories for Griffin’s squad; they either stomp on Carolina in their home building or kiss their 2012 playoff chances goodbye.

With his dynamic play, no one is doubting last year's Heisman winner.

Wait, wasn’t Cam Newton supposed to have the same effect on Carolina?

See, the Carolina QB could easily outplay Griffin statistically. Throw away that the 2012 sample size largely favors the rookie signal caller over his Heisman predecessor. Fourteen total touchdowns, three interceptions and a 67-percent completion rate—Newton doesn’t even enter the same stratosphere.

When it comes down to it, though, Newton will not have the similar support of his rookie opponent. That’s not for a lack of talent. Newton has two "paid and made" tailbacks in his backfield, not to mention one of the most talented receivers in Steve Smith.

Yet, Griffin possesses the attitude to get the best out of his team in this scenario. While Newton acts puzzled and wraps his head in a towel when he’s having a tough stretch, Griffin has assumed control and emits the utmost confidence (h/t Melissa Stark of NFL Network):

RG111 told me 7 wks in, he's proven himself to his teammates, earned their respect...without a doubt they see him as their leader on field.

melissa stark (@melissastark) October 23, 2012

The intangible stuff may seems like fluff on paper, but take note when the Redskins exude a moral toughness on the field this afternoon. They’ll scamper to block for their teammates, power for the extra yard and play until the whistle blows.

That’s why besides a tough matchup with Pittsburgh at home, all of Washington’s losses have been a touchdown or less.

RG3’s team fights until the finish, all because their leader changed the culture with his inspiring play.

Griffin will have Alfred Morris playing like DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart should be. Ditto for Leonard Hankerson and Logan Paulson. They’ll put up numbers like Steve Smith and Greg Olsen reincarnated.

The assist from his skill players will make Griffin’s job a lot easier. Meanwhile, Newton will have the “struggle face” going for most of the day.

I wonder why?

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