Okay, so there is no “I” in team. But there are two “Is” in Griffin. In the second quarter, he played like he had four eyes, finding receivers where other quarterbacks might not.
Robert Griffin led his Redskin team onto a hostile Dallas field yesterday and put on a show. He had 20 completions on 28 passes for 311 yards and four TDs. He ran for 29 yards. He had a QB rating of 132.6. He spread the ball around the field hitting receivers from El Paso to Houston: 8 different receivers had at least one reception. The four touchdowns were scored by four different teammates. Pierre Garcon, Santana Moss, and even youngbloods Aldrick Robinson and Niles Paul all celebrated in the end zone.
Is Griffin the real thing?
Okay, he threw an INT, but his Cowboy counterpart, Tony Romo, threw two – and one less touchdown. Romo was sacked twice, but Griffin’s offensive line allowed Dallas to sack him four. With Dallas’s patchwork quilt of an offensive line and Redskins’ weak defense, Romo actually turned the romp of the first half (‘Skins were up 28-3 as Kenny Chesney crooned on the halftime stage) into a seven-point loss. It was a well-orchestrated comeback try, but without a running game (11 rushing attempts vs. 62 passing), even a weak defense was able to keep Romo in check.
Both Griffin and Romo had a couple of “firsts.” Griffins back-to-back four-TD games is the first in Redskin history, and Mr. November,” so dubbed because in six starts, Romo has never lost a game on Thanksgiving, threw for a career record 411 yards, including a personal best 85 yarder to Dez Bryant.
Two teams now sit at 5-6 in the NFC East. The Philadelphia Eagles, at 3-7, play the equally-bad Carolina Panthers Monday night, and the Giants, 6-4 play the white hot Green Bay Packers on Sunday night. If NY loses to the Packers, their next game will be on Monday, December 3 against – yes, the Washington Redskins. Suddenly, the Redskins find themselves looking at the possibility of sharing a lead for the NFC East with the G-men of New York. Granted, it would be a tie for the lead between two .500 teams, but a lead nonetheless.
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan really shook up his team a couple of weeks ago when he let fly the “evaluating for next year” phrase after a loss to Carolina. Maybe it’s time for his to start thinking about post-season play instead.