Robert Griffin III's Physical Limitations Will Be an Afterthought vs. Eagles

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IDecember 23, 2012

LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 18: Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins looks to pass against the Philadelphia Eagles at FedEx Field on November 18, 2012 in Landover, Maryland. The Washington Redskins won, 31-6. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Robert Griffin III's sprained right knee may be vulnerable, but any perceived physical limitations of the Washington Redskins star quarterback will be an afterthought after Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Even if Griffin's knee is sore this weekend, he's still sure to be at his best. 

RG3 has been cleared by doctors to start for the Redskins on Sunday at Philadelphia, according to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter. He sat out last week's win over the Cleveland Browns as well as the waning moments of Washington's Week 14 win over the Baltimore Ravens.

The rest has apparently paid off for RG3, and now he's set to light it up against the same team he torched in Week 11.

It was just last month when the Redskins were 3-6 coming into their first meeting with the Eagles. The season looked to be lost before RG3 powered Washington past Philadelphia, completing 14-of-15 passes for 200 yards and four touchdowns in the 31-6 drubbing. He finished the game with a perfect passer rating of 158.3. Not bad for a rookie.

Griffin did carry the ball 12 times in the win, but it was his right arm from the pocket that led the Redskins to victory, just as it will be in Week 16.

RG3 will also have the league's No. 1-ranked rushing attack to lean on against Philadelphia. The Redskins' ground assault will have a decisive advantage on Sunday, too. The Eagles rank 21st defending the run this season and gave up 169 yards on the ground in their Week 11 loss at Washington.

Even when RG3 does have to drop back, though, he won't have to worry about being sacked all that often. He was only taken down twice in the two teams' first meeting, and the Eagles rank 22nd in the NFL in sacks this season, averaging just two per game.

Week 16's divisional clash with Philly looks to be the best time for Griffin to return to action. The Eagles are far from formidable defensively and will surely present RG3 with a golden opportunity to regain his momentum heading into a crucial season finale against Dallas next weekend, and perhaps the playoffs beyond that.

He may not be 100 percent just yet, but given his matchup and what's at stake, RG3's physical limitations will be an afterthought on Sunday in Philadelphia. 


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