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Robert Griffin III: Predicting RGIII's Stats vs. New York Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 21:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins  in action during their game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on October 21, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Pete SchauerCorrespondent IDecember 2, 2012

Robert Griffin III will be on his home turf on Monday Night Football when the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants enter FedEx field in an NFC East showdown.

Week 13 will be the second and final time the division foes meet this season, as the G-Men took the first game in Week 7 on a clutch connection between Eli Manning and Victor Cruz to defeat RGIII's Redskins, 27-23.

Griffin played well in the first meeting. He had Washington in prime position to win the game but the Redskins defense couldn't hold Manning and the Giants' offense.

Whether you're reading for fantasy purposes, you're a Redskins fan or you're just reading so you can tell me how wrong I was after Monday night's game, here's how I think RGIII's stat line will look by the end of the night.

 

Passing

RGIII gets himself a matchup against a New York defense that gives up an average of 253 passing yards per game and has surrendered 18 touchdowns through the air.

What Griffin will need to worry about is the potential for a turnover, as the Giants' defense has intercepted 18 passes this season and recorded 30 sacks—both of those marks rank within the top five of the NFL.

New York thrives on quarterback pressure that leads to errant throws and turnovers, and Griffin fell into that trap in Week 7.

The rookie QB was 20-of-28 for 258 yards, two touchdowns and an interception and was sacked three times by Big Blue. Griffin was also hit five times and even coughed up a fumble, which is always a worry when playing this defense.

As RGIII enters the Monday night matchup having thrown eight TD passes in the past two weeks, I like him to have another good week against the G-Men.

Expect Griffin's completion percentage to be lower than it was in Week 7, but he should still be poised for another big game.

Prediction: 21-of-34, 275 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

 

Rushing

The Giants' defense couldn't contain Griffin in that first matchup. Griffin rushed for a total of 89 yards on nine carries and was excellent at extending the play for the Redskins' offense.

You can pretty much throw out defensive rushing statistics when it comes to Griffin and other scrambling QBs, but if you're wondering, New York ranks No. 16 against the rush, allowing 114 YPG.

RGIII has now gone five weeks without a rushing score and I think the drought continues on Monday night. New York is going to spotlight Griffin and do everything they can to keep him from scampering into the end zone.

Prediction: 10 rushes, 75 yards

 

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