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The Redskins are looking for answers to stop their losing streak, and Robert Griffin III thinks he's got one. Griffin said that he could run more, and considering the team hasn't called any designed runs for him this season, he may have a point. The risk, of course, is that his surgically-repaired knee might not yet be up to the burden of taking on more offensive responsibility, but part of Griffin's greatness is the fact he can make plays both in the air and on the ground. Take one of those elements away from him, and opposing teams have a much easier time keeping him contained.
Risk versus reward?
Griffin's running game is a weapon, but his long-term health could be at risk if he puts himself out there more than he already does.
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What's wrong with the Redskins?
Don't be fooled by that score -- the Washington Redskins were downright dominated in the Green Bay Packers' 38-20 home win Sunday. The Wisconsiners led 31-0 midway through the third quarter, and they took a 38-7 lead into the final 15 minutes. Aaron Rodgers threw for 480 yards and four touchdowns, while James Starks ran for 132 yards and a score. Robert Griffin III, meanwhile, got hot late, but that couldn't make up for his first-half blahs (6-for-13, 107 yards). Washington now is 0-2 with a pair of awful opening halves. Needless to say, this is a worrisome development for a team many expected to win the NFC East.
NFL Week 2: Redskins at Packers
Week 1 did not go according to plan for this pair of playoff contenders. The Green Bay Packers lost -- rather controversially -- to the defending NFC champion San Francisco 49ers. The Washington Redskins trailed the Philadelphia Eagles 33-7 before mounting a comeback, but one that came up short. Which team will drop into an 0-2 hole?
Eagles start fast, hold on
Fast? That word was often associated with the Chip Kelly's new Philadelphia Eagles offense before Monday night's game against the Washington Redskins, and it certainly didn't disappear early on. That's because the Eagles jumped to a 33-7 lead thanks to LeSean McCoy's running, Michael Vick's throwing and the defense's dominance of the Robert Griffin III-led team (whose first score came on a fumble return). Washington didn't roll over; it was an onside kick away from having a chance to win. But so far, so good for the new-look Eagles. As for RG III? He might need some time to get un-rusty.
Redskins' use of Robert Griffin III?
Dr. James Andrews has cleared Robert Griffin III to play, but he's expressed concern about the way the Redskins plan on using him. Griffin ran 120 times in 2012, a strategy that produced major yards for the rookie phenom but also exposed him to more punishing hits in the midfield. Andrews didn't condemn the Redskins, but when the world's foremost athletic surgeon makes a suggestion, it'd be a good idea to hear him out.