Grading the Redskins: RG3 efficient in return

Grading the Redskins: RG3 efficient in return
December 25, 2012, 10:00 am
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Philadelphia, PA, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) in the huddle against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Redskins defeated the Eagles, 27-20.

(Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports)

Grade vs. Eagles: B+
Comment: After a sluggish and scoreless first quarter for the Redskins, the unit scored on four consecutive drives spanning the second and third quarters (not counting Griffin’s kneel down to end the half) to take a 20-10 lead they would not relinquish.

The final numbers were not impressive by their own lofty standards, especially considering the scuffling Eagles’ defense had surrendered 30 or more points in five of their previous six games. The unit’s 313 yards of total offense, in fact, marked its lowest output since Week 8, and the 27 points were the second fewest scored during the team’s six-game winning streak.

Coming off a knee injury and sporting a heavy duty brace, Griffin was limited to a season-low four yards on two carries. But he was more than adequate in the passing game, completing 16 of 24 attempts (to eight receivers), tossing two touchdowns and one interception for a 102.4 passer rating (just a tick below his season average of 104.1).

The offensive line, despite featuring a different lineup for the first time this season, kept Griffin’ jersey clean. The Eagles managed only one sack and one quarterback hit. Maurice Hurt excelled in his first NFL start at tackle, drawing praise from Griffin and Coach Mike Shanahan.

For the second week in a row, Alfred Morris was limited to 18 yards in the first half. But the rugged running back finished strong, gaining 73 yards and scoring a touchdown in the second half. His 10th touchdown moved him into a tie with Hall of Famer Charley Taylor for most by a Redskins’ rookie, and with 104 yards against Dallas, Morris will own the best rushing season in franchise history. Clinton Portis had 1,516 yards in 2005.

The offense also was whistled for only one penalty – an intentional delay of game in the fourth quarter as Griffin attempted to lure the Eagles offside. In all, the Redskins were flagged a season-low three times. In the past five games, they’ve been flagged an average of 5.2 times, which would rank third best in the NFL.

Not a dominant performance for a unit capable of delivering one. But it was good enough.