Grading Robert Griffin III's Performance in Washington's 38-31 Win over Dallas

Korey Beckett@@KoreyBeckettBRContributor IIINovember 23, 2012

Grading Robert Griffin III's Performance in Washington's 38-31 Win over Dallas

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    In his first game in the state of Texas since his Heisman-winning campaign at Baylor, Robert Griffin III led the Redskins to their first ever win on Thanksgiving in Dallas after six losses.

    The performance overall was exceptional. No other Redskins quarterback can say they have won in front of a national audience on Thanksgiving, and this is just his first year. As we all already know, the sky is the limit.

    It wasn't perfect, though. There were some hiccups, and it almost let the Cowboys pull up to the Redskins on the scoreboard, but a win where your team scores 38 is nothing to scoff at. (The special teams almost made it 45.)

    After all the eating, Redskins fans are certainly happy.

    Let's see how Griffin did grade-wise against the Redskins' biggest rival today.

Poise: A

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    Robert Griffin had to absorb four sacks and was under pressure for much of the game, but never appeared to be rattled.

    Any time you come to Dallas, you know the crowd is going to be in full throat. That didn't phase RGIII in the slightest.

    There was one bad mistake where the Redskins were up 14 in the final quarter, and the turnover allowed the Cowboys to pull within one possession.

    However, Griffin followed up that mistake with a time-devouring drive with clutch plays that sealed the deal for Washington.

    There's a lot of pressure when you are 0-6 all-time in Dallas on Turkey Day, but RGIII proved to be up to the challenge.

Running: B-

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    He did come away with the Galloping Gobbler award on FOX, but RGIII didn't make the exciting plays with his feet.

    With the longest run being just 14 yards and a total of 29 yards on the ground, it was clear that fellow rookie Alfred Morris was the premiere player on the ground.

    The ability to get away from sacks wasn't entirely there as stated earlier, since he did take a total of four, but he didn't make any mistakes on the run.

    He didn't have to get it done with his feet, though, as he lit up Dallas through the aerial attack, but we'll get to that as well.

Accuracy: A

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    After the first touchdown pass to Aldrick Robinson, I was absolutely gushing.

    Yes, Robinson was open, but under pressure, RGIII delivered an absolutely gorgeous pass all the way down the field and hit Robinson in stride.

    It was a welcome sight after a three-and-out on the first drive of the game. It didn't stop there. Griffin was accurate the entire game, completing 71 percent of his passes (20-28) and threw just that one cringeworthy pick.

    All of the big plays down the field really set the tone and led the Redskins to an offensive explosion in the second stanza, scoring 28 points.

    After an underwhelming performance against Carolina, RGIII is now 79 percent over his last two games (against divisional opponents, mind you) with eight touchdowns and just the one interception.

Decision Making: A-

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    Just that one bad interception. I would make the grade an "A," or even an "A+," but that was an enormous interception.

    Other than that one bad throw, Griffin didn't do anything crazy under pressure. He threw it away when he needed to and looked like a seasoned veteran.

    I feel like I'm running out of good things to say about the guy, although I just can't help myself.

Overall: A

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    It's a win in Jerry's World on Thanksgiving. I couldn't possibly give anything lower than an "A."

    If the Giants lose on Sunday to a red-hot Packers team, the Redskins will play the Giants in a chance to vault in to first place in the NFC East.

    For a season that some wrote off as lost just two weeks ago, it's starting to look like the Redskins will stick around to the end in the division race.

    It will be fun to watch as December rolls around, but if we see what we did today from RGIII, there's a lot to be excited about.