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Robert Griffin III Shows Knee Is Just Fine in Win over Bears

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 20:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins throws a pass in the third quarter during an NFL game against the Chicago Bears at FedExField on October 20, 2013 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIOctober 20, 2013

After struggling during the first couple of weeks, Robert Griffin III has showed that he is confident once again on his surgically repaired knee after the win over the Chicago Bears.

The Washington Redskins won a thriller over the Bears, winning 45-41 thanks to big days from Griffin and Roy Helu.  Despite Alfred Morris getting more carries, Helu was big in the red zone, racking up three rushing touchdowns on the day.

Oct 20, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) rolls out against the Chicago Bears during the first half at FedEX Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

For Griffin, the numbers looked nice.  He went 18-for-29 with 298 passing yards, two touchdowns and an interception.  He also looked much more comfortable running the ball, going for 84 rushing yards on only 11 carries.

After going down 41-38 after a Chicago touchdown with just under four minutes to go, the Redskins needed to drive back down the field.  Griffin stepped up, leading a 12-play, 80-yard drive that ended with a go-ahead touchdown from Helu with 45 seconds left in the game.

The knee is no longer a problem for Griffin.  Since coming off of the bye week, the Redskins have given him more opportunities to run the ball, and he's made the most of them.  He also keeps looking more confident in the pocket, sliding around to avoid pressure and stepping into throws more consistently.

Looking forward, Griffin should continue to have success through the air.  Over the next six games, the Redskins will be taking on five opponents with weak defenses against the pass.

Upcoming Opponents vs. Pass For Redskins
GamePass Yds/ GameNFL RankOpposing Passer RatingNFL Rank
@ Denver3383287.817
vs. San Diego27325105.830
@ Minnesota3082995.723
@ Philadelphia3153193.420
vs. San Francisco206669.93
vs. New York Giants2682097.624
Stats are prior to Week 7

A more confident RGIII is critical for the Redskins to turn this season around.  As bad as they've played at 2-4 this season, they're still not very far behind the Dallas Cowboys, who are just 4-3 to start the year.  They have a good chance to go 3-1 in their next four games, and that could completely turn things around in the NFC East.

At this point, Griffin is no longer the problem.  What's really concerning has been their awful defense.  Through the first six games, they've given up 30.7 points and 389 total yards per game.  RGIII can continue to improve and help the offense put up points, but until their defense turns things around, it's going to be hard for the Redskins to win games.

Still, Griffin continues to look better as the season goes on.  After tearing his ACL over nine months ago, RGIII looks ready to be just as good as he was during the 2012 season.

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