While optimism is high in the nation's capital, experts seem to generally believe that going into the Superdome to begin a career might be too tough a task for the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback.
SB Nation's NFL Editor Joel Thorman predicted a 31-20 Saints victory:
"This is a good game for RGIII to get in a groove with the Saints defense seeing a lot of changes since last year. Unfortunately, it's an even better game for the Saints offense to get into a groove."
Elsewhere, ESPN's panel of prognosticators heavily favored New Orleans, with only three of 12 experts going with the Redskins, and Sports Illustrated's Peter King forecasted a 30-17 Saints win, predicting a "nice debut for Griffin III, but not nice enough."
Yahoo! Sports three-man panel of Mike Silver, Jason Cole and Les Carpenter unanimously went with the Saints as well.
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