Nope, “RG3″ is NOT the answer to everything, despite the hype.
He is not supplanting Cam Newton’s rookie campaign.
NooooOOOooo, the young media darling from a town beset by propaganda press these days couldn’t rise to the challenge against a statistically humdrum Carolina Panthers’ defense today.
Cam’s Panthers trailed 3-0 early as Griffin led his team to a field goal on their opening drive after the Panthers had to punt on theirs. It was aided by a penalty on Carolina on a third-down stop for unnecessary roughness, so the drive was kept alive not so much by “RG3″ but by defensive miscues.
Cam took the Panthers to paydirt on the ensuing possession when DeAngelo Williams scored on a 30-yard burst on a bizarre play where, apparently, one of the officials blew the whistle when Williams’ foot was close to the sideline, but was clearly still in-bounds.
The officials conferred, called it a TD, and reviewed and upheld the play. It really looked more like something coming from the “scab” officials earlier in the season…but Newton was throwing and the backs were running, eating up yardage in nice big chunks.
Cam added to the lead when he hit Steve Smith for a nice, sharp 19-yard TD pass to cap off a 12-play, 98-yard drive. It was Smith’s first TD of the entire season.
The Redskins got another field goal to close it to 14-6 when they had Carolina backed up inside their own ten yard line. Then came the “big oopsie” for the Redskins’ defense.
Cam faked a handoff and lofted about the softest, easiest play-action pass I’ve ever seen in my life to a wiiiide-open Armanti Edwards. He hauled the pass in and if he had any speed at all, he would have scored. As it was, he was able to take the pass 82 yards before being tackled inside the Redskins’ 10 yard line.
A couple of plays later, Newton scored on the QB keeper over the left side of the line.
The Redskins’ offense wasn’t able to put a TD on the scoreboard until well after the two-minute warning, and only then after overcoming several penalties after having a 2nd and goal from the 3 yard line.
“RG3″ had trouble getting the team lined up during their 2-minute drill. Clearly, to anyone watching this game, the Washington rookie is a talented player but still has a lot to learn. He was 23/39 for 215 yards and a rushing TD.
Cam was 13/23 for 201 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, and a rushing TD.
“RG3″ had 14 more yards passing on 16 more attempts than Newton and 53 yards on 11 carries with a long of 9. Newton had 8 carries, 37 yards, and the rushing TD with a long run of 11 yards.
I think it’s fitting that “RG3″ was getting all the attention and accolades before the game, but Newton played like the old veteran today. Neither turned the ball over but Cam was much more efficient in the passing game.
“RG3′s” signature play on 4th and goal saw him run out of room on the right sideline and being knocked out at the 2.
That’s when Cam took over and put the exclamation point on the drive with the 19-yard TD to Steve Smith.
That should help quiet the fawning mass media in Washington…at least for two weeks as the Redskins enter their bye week.
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