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Robert Griffin III: Redskins Have the Look of a Dangerous Playoff Team

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 03:  Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins runs for a 46-yard gain as he is taken down by  Stevie Brown #27 of the New York Giants in the second half at FedExField on December 3, 2012 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IDecember 4, 2012

If the rising Washington Redskins do make the playoffs this season, nobody is going to want to face them.

Behind rookie sensation Robert Griffin III, the Redskins have now won three straight games after a rough stretch in the middle of the season.

The 6-6 Redskins, who are one game behind the Seattle Seahawks for the NFC's No. 6 seed, can run, pass and have a run defense that continues to look better and better.

In the 17-16 come-from-behind victory against the defending champion New York Giants on Monday night, the Redskins rushed for 207 yards on 6.7 yards per carry while holding the Giants to 117 yards on 4.0 yards per carry.

It was also the second time this season Griffin had led the Redskins to a fourth quarter comeback. Down 16-10, Griffin led Washington on a 12-play, 86-yard drive that ended with an eight-yard touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon. Griffin was 3-of-4 for 31 yards on the drive and rushed once for seven yards. 

Coming into Monday's game, the Redskins were averaging 26.8 points per game, right behind the Giants for sixth in the NFL. That included ranking fourth in yards per carry (5.2), while Griffin ranked second in yards per pass attempt (8.21). RGIII has 16 touchdown passes and four interceptions for the season. 

Griffin also set the NFL record for rushing yards among rookie quarterbacks (714) after he scampered for 72 yards on five carries on Monday (Cam Newton had 706 rushing yards last season).

When you can stop the run and you have an offense as electric as Washington's, you are undoubtedly going to be dangerous. If that pass defense ever comes around, watch out National Football League.

The Redskins that disappointed early in the season are nowhere to be found.

 

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