RG3 and the Washington Redskins are determined to win the NFC East for the first time since 1999. Under the Monday Night lights in FedEx Field, the Heisman winner put together a three-minute-and-51-second drive that iced the game and brought the Redskins to 6-6 against the now 7-5 New York Giants. RG3 ended with 163 passing yards and a touchdown and 72 yards rushing including a 46-yard dash to get the Redskins out of danger of losing the lead. He also didn’t get sacked once, and produced a slew of big plays with his arm and his feet, to add to his rookie season highlight reel.
The NFC East showdown did live up to its expectations, as the leading time was never ahead by more than one score. Both defenses of the Giants and Redskins shined, but it was the Redskins’ offense that was able to get two late first downs to put the game out of reach. Robert Griffin and running-back Alfred Morris combined for almost 200 running yards, and wide out Pierre Garcon just eclipsed 100 yards and had a score. Griffin not only pulled out the W for his team, but also set the new record for rushing yards by a rookie quarterback in a single season.
RG3 has brought life back to the Washington area. He has now blown the NFC East wide open, trailing the reigning world champion New York Giants by one game. The Redskins offense is now first in the NFL in rushing yards per game, and also eighth in points per game and seventh in yards per game. It has not come easily, though. The Redskins’ defense is 29th and 31st in the league for total yards against and pass yards against, respectively. They are also 23rd in the league in points against, so RG3 is playing with a bigger burden than most quarterbacks.
Two of the Redskins’ next four games are against division rivals, and another is a matchup that they certainly circled on the calendar.