Robert Griffin III and Redskins Will Take Advantage of Reeling Cowboys
RGIII's sophomore season has been challenging to say the least. Coming off his knee injury, he's been uncomfortable in the pocket and hasn't shown the same willingness to take off and run that made him so dynamic in 2012.
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He has also struggled to connect with his receivers on plays that were gimmes in his rookie campaign.
Chemistry has clearly been an issue, but that shouldn't surprise anyone, considering the second-year quarterback didn't play at all during preseason games.
That said, Griffin III has progressively improved from game to game. After throwing three interceptions in Week 1, he threw one in each of his next two before finally playing a turnover-free game in Week 4 against the Oakland Raiders.
For the season, he's completed 62.4 percent of his passes for 1,202 passing yards with six touchdowns and four interceptions, and his fortunes are about to change for the better in Dallas on Sunday night.
Monte Kiffin's defense has struggled badly against the pass this season, allowing more passing yards per game (326.4) than any team in the league besides the Broncos. Even worse, no team has allowed more passing touchdowns (14) than the Cowboys.
In Dallas' last two losses, the team's secondary has allowed 815 yards and seven touchdown passes to Philip Rivers and Peyton Manning.
Dallas' defense is reeling in the worst possible way.
Mike and Kyle Shanahan have now had two weeks to prepare an effective game plan after Washington's Week 5 bye. They are looking to exploit every weakness the Cowboys have shown the past couple of weeks against San Diego and Denver—and there are more than a few.
Washington's roster needed the early break too.
In addition to RGIII's knee, which has clearly not been 100 percent healthy this season, the Redskins entered the bye week with a few key injuries to skill-position players. Starting running back Alfred Morris and tight ends Fred Davis, Logan Paulsen and Jordan Reed were all suffering from various ailments.
But only Paulsen has been limited in practice this week, as noted by the team's official injury report, while the other three key players have been full participants in practice and are expected to play.
The Redskins took both games against Dallas last year, and Washington comes into this game having already endured a hellish beginning to the 2013 season. After finally securing a win in Week 4 against the Raiders, this is a team ready for a second-half surge.
And it begins in Dallas in front of a national audience, as RGII will lead Washington to victory on Sunday Night Football.
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