Like all rookies Robert Griffin III will experience highs and lows, peaks and valleys in his first season.

Some games his play will remind the world why he won the Heisman Trophy. Then there will be instances where he struggles like the rest of the quarterbacks in his rookie class.

Out of all the rookie quarterbacks, he's behind center for the best team.

As long as RG3 takes care of the football, the Redskins have the playmakers and defense to make a playoff push.

Unfortunately, Griffin's team is in the NFC East, the toughest division in the NFL. But winning the division is a possibility if Griffin can find a way to stabilize his play.

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Landscape shifting

Brad Biggs

Chicago Tribune

Robert Griffin III did what few thought was possible by going into the raucous Superdome and outdueling one of the game's finest quarterbacks, Drew Brees, in a shootout.

The landscape in the NFL is shifting with rookie quarterbacks experiencing success. Andy Dalton helped guide the Bengals to the postseason a year ago and Cam Newton set records with the Panthers.

It's impossible to put a ceiling on Griffin at this point. He plays in a tough division on a team that most believe is in the process of rebuilding around him. But the energy he's brought the organization and his playmaking ability, at least on one afternoon, make competing in the NFC East certainly a possibility.

bbiggs@tribune.com