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The Redskins' close win Monday night over the Giants made the NFC East race a lot more interesting. Robert Griffin III's heroics (along with a little bit of luck -- he's pretty darn good, but when one of your teammates turns your fumble into a touchdown, you can't exactly attribute that to proper preparation) brought the Redskins to 6-6, with the Giants just barely ahead at 7-5. That's not even taking into account the Cowboys, who are suddenly competitive at 6-6 after defeating a disorganized Eagles squad.
The Redskins have looked only barely competent at times this season, but they're in position to challenge for a playoff spot.
NFC East shake-up?
Don't look now, but even the supposedly hapless Cowboys could end up on top in the NFC East.
Griffin or Luck?
Andrew Luck led his team to a dramatic victory over the Lions this past weekend, but has his season been better than Griffin's in Washington?
Robert Griffin III's exceptional season continues, as he was appointed as a team captain for the Redskins for the rest of the season. Is it a good idea to give leadership roles to first-year players, even ones as accomplished as Griffin?
On Thursday, "First Take" discussed John Madden's comments about Robert Griffin III and Tim Tebow. The Hall of Fame coach said Griffin reminds him of Tim Tebow, except Griffin can pass. Skip Bayless thinks the comparison is ridiculous, but Stephen A. Smith finds it more apt because no one is actually worrying about Griffin's ability to throw the ball. What's your take?
No. 2 overall pick Robert Griffin III made his NFL debut Sunday against the Saints and quickly had the league buzzing with his outstanding performance. Griffin completed his first eight passes -- including an 88-yard touchdown -- en route to 320 passing yards and a pair of touchdowns, leading the Redskins to a win over the Saints. The 320 passing yards were the second most for a rookie QB in Week 1, behind only Cam Newton's debut last season.
RGIII is a BEAST RIGHT NOW!— LaVar Leap Arrington (@LaVarArrington) September 9, 2012
Kids, hop on the @rgiii bandwagon early.in hostile Superdome, 10/11 155 yds and 2 TD passes. has put up points on all 3 drives— trey wingo (@wingoz) September 9, 2012
RG3!!! Baby!!!#Redskins— Jerry Stackhouse (@jerrystackhouse) September 9, 2012
RG3 is going Crazy Right Now 2TD passes!!! Where yall Saints Fans at? #TrueRedskinFan— Mike Kidd-Gilchrist (@MikeGillie14) September 9, 2012
Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants
Eli Manning has burnished his clutch reputation, but is this the year Tony Romo takes over?
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Washington Redskins at New Orleans Saints
The Saints are a perennial threat to win the Super Bowl, but will their coaching situation get the best of them?
Vote: Five questions for Redskins at Saints
Buffalo Bills at New York Jets
Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow have received the lion's share of coverage this preseason, but is Ryan Fitzpatrick better than both of them?
Vote: Five questions for Bills at Jets
San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers
San Francisco's defense is its main weapon, but can it shut down Aaron Rodgers and the high-flying Packers?
Vote: Five questions for 49ers at Packers
Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos
Peyton Manning has looked good in preseason, but will he return to form when things get truly serious?
Vote: Five questions for Steelers at Broncos
Week 1 NFL Pick 'Em
Week 1 is sure to generate a lot of storylines to kick off the regular season.
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The Redskins plan on starting Robert Griffin III from day one of the 2012 season, which is a pretty defensible position considering he's probably their best quarterback right this minute. Still, it's worth wondering what this will mean for his development. Other successful quarterbacks have had time to build up their confidence and learn the system before being thrown into the mix; Griffin will have to perform from the get-go. Is this the right decision?
Griffin seems to have it all together, but Redskins quarterbacks haven't exactly had a great deal of success in recent years.
The Redskins aren't looking to make waves just yet, but Griffin's presence could improve their 5-11 record from 2011.
Some quarterbacks have a kind of apprentice period before taking the reigns -- Tom Brady being the most notable (but unplanned) example.
On Thursday, "First Take" debated whether or not Mike Shanahan is the right coach for Robert Griffin III. The Redskins are likely to take Griffin with the second pick in the 2012 NFL draft, and Shanahan will have to groom Griffin into an elite quarterback. Visiting analyst Donovan McNabb, who played under Shanahan before, doesn't think the pairing would work out. What's your take?
The Rex Grossman era, such as it was, appears to be over in Washington. Coach Mike Shanahan has decided to start John Beck in place of Grossman. The 30-year-old Beck is a career journeyman, but Grossman seems to have reverted to his reckless gunslinging ways. With the Redskins at 3-2 and still in contention for the NFC East title, it may not be the right time to wait for Grossman to figure it out all over again.
Rex Grossman played admirably for the first few games of this season, but his Total QBR has plummeted in recent weeks.