Quarterbacks never play head to head but tonight’s preseason game was billed as the battle of Heisman trophy winners Johnny Football vs. RG3 so we’ll play the comparison game.
Johnny Manziel had a much longer night than Robert Griffin III He played well into the fourth quarter, throwing a fourth-quarter touchdown pass against the Redskins’ backups. He threw some sharp passes and a times he looked like, well, a rookie.
Griffin played just into the second quarter and he had an up and down night. He showed patience in the pocket, took off on some productive but somewhat dangerous scrambles and completed a long bomb to Andre Roberts. But he also threw an interception just when the offense was moving into scoring position and seemed to be indecisive at times.
Here’s the tale of the statistical tape:
Manziel: 7-of-16 passing, 65 yards, 1 TD, 3 sacks | Rushing: 1 rush, 1 yard
Griffin 6-of-8 passing, 112 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT, 1 sack | Rushing: 4 rush, 24 yards
It should be noted that all of Griffin’s plays came against the Browns’ starting defense while Manziel played some against the Washington starters but quite a bit against the Redskins’ backup defenders.
You watched it, who do you think played better?