A week after having to endure an injury forced benching, Robert Griffin III returned to week 16 NFL action today. Griffin’s response? Just casually lead the team to their sixth consecutive victory, a 27-20 two touchdown confidence maker over the NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles.
In a game which was perhaps most remarkable for the reigns placed on Griffin by offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, the Redskins offense nonetheless appeared potent from the start of the matchup. Though the feared read option portion of the Redskins offense was not in evidence, Griffin tossed two touchdown passes on the day, one each to Josh Morgan and Santana Moss.
For the second consecutive game, the opponent’s defense appeared to focus on stopping the running of Alfred Morris, but the Redskin rookie was undaunted, galloping for 91 yards on the day.
Redskin rookie kicker Kai Forbath continued with his excellent kicking performances, setting the record on Sunday for consecutive successful field goals to begin an NFL career.
Though the Dallas Cowboys lost in overtime to New Orleans, the Redskins must still defeat the Cowboys next week in order to win the division. They could conceivably lose next week and still win a wild card berth, however they would need some help.
For this week however, they are in sole possession of first place in the NFC East with a 9-6 record.