The Redskins and Colts are selling 35 dollar t-shirts hyping Saturdays Quarterback Showdown at FedEx field.Robert Griffin III, however, isnt buying the hype. At least not to the extent the NFL is attempting to sell it.I will never truly get to face Andrew Luck because he doesnt play defense, Griffin said. Weve just got to look forward to playing the Colts defense.But whether Griffin likes it or not, he and Luck will be inextricably linked throughout their careers. Luck was drafted first overall and Griffin went second in Aprils draft. And because of that, theyll be compared like Magic and Bird. Like Crosby and Ovechkin. Like Harper and Trout.Through two preseason games, Griffin is 9 of 14 passing for 119 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions. Luck, meantime, is 26 of 41 for 363 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.Griffin said he and Luck met for the first time last year at the Heisman Trophy award show in New York. The two also have occasionally exchanged text messages, but none recently.Since weve been drafted, we havent talked very much, Griffin said. But thats because weve both just been busy.There wont be much time for talk Saturday, either, when they meet for the first time on the field.At least not between the dueling quarterbacks.I think Ill leave the talking about me and him, the comparing and everything, to you guys, Griffin said referring to media and fans. I definitely look forward to playing the guy throughout my career. I think it will be an exciting matchup every time we face each other.You hope that for every quarterback, he added. You never wish any quarterback any harm. Were all trying to make it in this life and make it in this league. I wish the best for him.
When you’re fighting for a playoff spot, it’s not only about what happens to you. It’s also about what happens to the teams you’re competing against for that playoff spot. And one of the Redskins’ main competitors got a some very bad news this morning.
The Giants, who are in the No. 5 spot in the NFC, the first wild card spot, got word today that defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has had sports hernia surgery. The recovery time is at least four weeks, probably more like six. The Giants’ season is likely to be over by the time six weeks elapse, barring a playoff run without one of their best defensive players.
Pierre-Paul has helped solidify what was a shaky Giants defense last year. He has seven sacks and a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown. He has been heating up down the stretch with 5.5 sacks in his last three games.
His loss is a big blow for the Giants. They are a game ahead Buccaneers, who hold the No. 6 spot, and a game and a half ahead of the Redskins, who are currently seventh.
The Redskins play New York in Week 17 so the Redskins have to pick up just one game on the Giants over the next three to have a shot at passing them in the season finale.
The chances of that happening looked pretty good with Washington playing playing three teams with losing records in the Eagles, Panthers, and Bears and the Giants going against division leaders Dallas and Detroit in addition to the Eagles. With the Giants now without Pierre-Paul, the Redskins’ probabilities got tilted in their direction a little bit more.
Just finishing ahead of the Giants wouldn’t guarantee a playoff spot but it would come close. It would mean that the Redskins would have at least nine wins and the Redskins’ tie means that two teams would have to get to 10 wins to knock them out of the playoffs. The Bucs have to win threea more games to get to nine wins and the Packers and Vikings would have to run the table.
CSN has teamed up with The Edge Systems to provide the occasional statistical review of Redskins game film. The Edge is analytical football software currently being used by coaches in the NFL, SEC, ACC and the media, providing some of the fastest and best data in football.
Below is a breakdown of the Redskins run game against Arizona - a game coach Jay Gruden admitted did not feature enough carries for Robert Kelley.
The Redskins had a lot of success with their GAP runs early in the game.
In the first half they were successful on 75 percent of their GAP runs.
As the game wore on the Redskins moved away from what had been successful and only ran two GAP runs in the second half.
As the Redskins power run game vanished, so did their prospects for winning the game.
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