Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins will take on the New York Giants in an important Week 13 showdown that will have major NFC East implications. While the Giants are coming off a solid Week 12 performance, RG3 will abuse their secondary.
No matter how great the Giants looked last week, they can't overshadow the sensational performance that RG3 put up through the air against the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving. Griffin completed 20 of 28 passes for 311 yards and four touchdowns.
While RG3 might have made it look easy on turkey day, the truth is he had that monster game against one of the better pass defenses in the NFL. The Cowboys were ranked No. 9 in the NFL against the pass coming into the game, so clearly they are no slouch in that respect.
The Giants, on the other hand, are a much different story against the pass. They don't have a shutdown corner on their roster and were sporting the 25th-ranked pass defense going into Sunday's action.
To further prove that they lack talent in their secondary, Corey Webster, the team's supposed best corner, was flat out burned by Green Bay Packers receiver, Jordy Nelson, for a big play that resulted in the first and only score of the game for the Packers.
New York was able to keep Aaron Rodgers and the Packers' aerial attack in check, but that was more a result of a ferocious pass rush than great secondary play.
RG3 will be able to fend off of the Giants' pass rush more effectively than Rodgers was able to. With his incredible speed and one-of-a-kind athleticism, Griffin III has the ability to avoid the Giants' defensive line to make plays with both his arm and legs.
The Redskins will also enjoy the benefit of having Pierre Garcon in the game this week, as he is finally healthy after weeks on end of injury issues. Garcon quickly proved his worth to this team upon his return to the lineup in better health after catching five passes for 93 yards and a touchdown.
Garcon not only gives Griffin III a No. 1 receiver to depend on when he needs an important first down, but Garcon also affords the Redskins the ability to throw the ball downfield. There is no doubt Garcon is the best big-play option the 'Skins have after catching a 59-yard touchdown pass last week.
The Redskins' No. 1 receiver wasn't able to take the field the last time these two teams met.
Webster will be in charge of keeping Garcon in check, but after allowing Nelson to make a huge play against him last week, Garcon should look to do much of the same in Week 13. Look for RG3 to go deep to Garcon on numerous occasions in this game as he aims to exploit the Giants' weak secondary.
Another key weapon Griffin III should be looking to against the Giants is Aldrick Robinson. Robinson has blazing speed that can leave even the most talented cornerback in the dust. Last week, Robinson caught a 68-yard bomb for a score and he will no doubt have an opportunity to do the same this Monday.
The Redskins receiving corps is getting healthy at the right time for this matchup with the Giants. Now that Garcon is back, Griffin III has plenty of options to throw to down the field in order to make big plays.
If RG3 was able to put up 258 yards against the Giants in their last meeting, just imagine what he can do when he has even more deep threats in Week 13.