The Ravens play the Washington Redskins on Sunday at FedEx Field. And if they watched the Redskins’ 17-16 win over the New York Giants on “Monday Night Football,” they know that Robert Griffin III, already one of the game’s most explosive players, is only getting better and better as the season grinds on.
Sure, Washington’s franchise quarterback had plenty of help as the 'Skins picked up their third win in a row as they battle for an NFC playoff berth.
Rookie running back Alfred Morris gouged the Giants’ defense for 124 yards rushing on 22 carries.
Wide-out Pierre Garcon caught eight passes for 106 yards and a touchdown.
But it’s RG3 who makes the offense go, with his speed and his arm, his elusiveness and his daring. Which means he’ll be the main focus of Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees’ game plan this week. Probably the main focus of Pees’ nightmares, too.
Good luck getting Ravens back-up quarterbacks Tyrod Taylor or Dennis Dixon to simulate the lightening-quick RG3 in practice, too. They’d have to down a case of Rockstar each to simulate that kind of turbo-charged explosiveness.
The fact is, RG3 has been everything as advertised since the 'Skins gave up three first-round picks and a second-rounder to get him last spring. Over the past three games, he’s thrown nine touchdown passes and run for 185 yards. He’s also thrown only one interception. And not that he needs it, but the kid seems to have luck on his side, too.
How about that play last night where he took off around the left side on an option keeper, was tackled and coughed up the ball at the Giants’ 13-yard line – right into the hands of 'Skins wide receiver Josh Morgan?
And Morgan ran it in for the touchdown?
If RG3 keeps playing like he’s been playing and the ball bounces like that for the 'Skins Sunday, the Ravens could be in trouble.
And Dean Pees will have even more gray hair than I have.