Robert Griffin III shows skill but also inexperience
Robert Griffin III came up short in the battle of NFC East quarterbacks Sunday , and some of the Redskins rookie's inexperience showed with a third-quarter interception and a fourth-quarter fumble.
But he showed lots of other moves, as well as maturity, shouldering the blame for his mistakes after a 27-23 loss. He also showed his ridiculous skills on the Redskins' late go-ahead drive: a fourth-and-10 scramble and 19-yard completion, followed by a 24-yard run and 30-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss with 1:32 left to give Washington a 23-20 lead.
"We still had a chance to go out and win the game. Right now, it's kind of hard to know what to think," Griffin said. "Rex [Grossman, one of the Redskins' quarterbacks] told me afterwards that there are going to be some games in your career where you think you should have won and you lost, and some you think you should have lost that you won. This is one we think we should have won."
First the good: The option offense the Redskins ran much of the day had the Giants' aggressive defensive front flummoxed, with rookie running back Alfred Morris gaining 94 of his 120 rushing yards before halftime and the Redskins totaling 248 rushing yards for the game. Griffin had 89 of those.
His scramble on fourth-and-10 on the Redskins' late scoring drive was quintessential "RG3." He scrambled to the left sideline, avoided Jason Pierre-Paul and made a throw on the run to tight end Logan Paulsen to keep the drive going.
"You just have to feel where you're at and kind of stay friendly to him," Paulsen said. "I saw him run out, then his eyes locked on me."
Griffin also displayed his throwing ability, especially on the go-ahead score to Moss -- a perfectly placed ball over his receiver's shoulder to put the Redskins ahead.
"I saw one-high safety, the [other] safety rolled the other way and I saw Santana Moss one-on-one against a rookie," Griffin said of Jayron Hosley, then quickly added, "I'm a rookie myself . . . You have to take advantage of that."
His mistakes were costly, though. He tried to hit Paulsen over the middle but threw the ball as Paulsen was stopping his crossing route, allowing Stevie Brown to make an easy interception.
And Pierre-Paul knocked the ball out of Griffin's hands in the fourth quarter at the Giants' 27, Griffin's second lost fumble of the season.
"The interception was bad, and whenever you fumble and the ball's sitting right there in front of you and you can't get to it, it kind of [stinks]," he said. "You try not to weigh too heavily the things that happened earlier in the game, because you still had a chance."