Kevin Ewoldt of the blog Hogs Haven recently chatted with Big Blue View writer Ed Valentine about Sunday's game between the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants. During that conversation, Ewoldt acknowledged that the key to a possible Redskins victory lies in the hands of quarterback Robert Griffin III:
As you'll see first hand, the way Kyle Shanahan uses RGIII is virtually impossible to defend. Bring more defenders in the box to stop the option play? OK, Redskins will then use Griffin's NFL best 70% completion percentage to beat you. Eli Manning will surely have a fantasy dream day on Sunday, so RGIII needs to get it done weekly.
When asked later in the conversation if there was a player on the Giants' roster who the Redskins could use, Ewoldt immediately went to the secondary and just how that unit has struggled this season:
After Goodell laid the cap penalty on the Redskins and they signed Garcon to a big contract, that left pretty much nothing to fix our secondary after letting last year's starters Atogwe and Laron Landry go. Shanahan went dumpster diving and came up with Tanard Jackson (suspended indefinitely), Brandon Meriweather (hasn't played yet and injured knee and teammate in warmups), and Madieu Williams (former Viking and Bengal).
Ewoldt does bring up though that the Redskins have the fourth-best turnover ratio in the league at +9, despite having the worst pass defense in the league. Griffin currently leads the league in completion percentage at 70.2 percent, throwing for 1,342 yards and five touchdowns with two interceptions.
As for rushing, Griffin has run for 379 yards, averaging 6.9 per carry and
three six touchdowns. In addition to Griffin on the ground, running back Alfred Morris has run for 538 yards and five touchdowns.
Ewoldt also talked about the impact that Griffin has had on the Redskins' fanbase:
It's truly indescribable, but I'll do my best. The Redskins fan base is a proud one given the decade long success of Hogs, so these last twenty years have been Swinging Gate painful. Any glimmer of hope we get (Sean Taylor, Joe Gibbs) seems to last too short. The Redskins have lacked a bona fide super star that truly is a hard-working, sincere man.
The Redskins play the Giants on Sunday at MetLife Stadium with kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on Fox.