Robert Griffin III looked fairly sharp at times on Monday night football against the Cleveland Browns even though none of the three drives the first-string offense ran ended up in scores.
Griffin finished the night six for 9 passing for 112 yards and one interception. The interception ended one promising drive, their second of the night. Griffin completed his first two passes before an Alfred Morris fumble of a pitch ended the initial Redskins possession.
The third-year quarterback ran four times for 24 yards and was sacked once for a loss of nine.
The next time Washington got the ball, Griffin had both what fans love about him and what drives everyone crazy on display. On a second and 19 play he dropped back, surveyed the field and took off to the left sideline. He put on a move and bounced like a pinball off of a few defenders before getting hit yard out of bounds after a gain of 18. A defensive holding was tacked on, giving the Redskins a first down.
Again Griffin showed patience in the pocket as he found DeSean Jackson for 11 yards to get near the red zone. But a few plays later Griffin was under pressure and Joe Haden picked off his pass intended for Jackson.
Griffin got one more chance and after a defensive holding call converted a third and long he and Andre Roberts made the play of the night. Roberts went deep down the left side and got a step on his defender. Griffin lofted a pass that slowed down Roberts just a bit but the receiver hauled in the pass for a gain of 49 down to the eight.
But the Redskins couldn’t punch it in, losing the ball on downs after Morris attempt to punch it in from the one was shown to be just short after a replay review.