Last years Offensive Rookie RGIII is still trying to find his rhythm, a rhythm Superbowl MVP Aaron Rodgers already has.
To state the obvious first: When ambitious teams face each other after losing in week 1, they are eager to win. No one wants to go 0-2.
This showed yesterday when Washington got beaten by Green Bay 20 to 38.
Robert Griffin III wanted to prove that his knee is 100% and isn't affecting him - as he said in an offseason interview. After a vicious hit by Baltimore Ravens Haloti Ngata in week 14 of last season his LCL and ACL were repaired.
Following last week's six point loss to division rivals the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington desperately wanted that win.
But their ambitions got crushed by a record-setting Green Bay Packers offence led by Aaron Rodgers, who finished with 480 yards and four touchdowns.
After the fourth touchdown by Rodgers Washington came back and finished 20 to 38. But it was too little, too late. RGIII and his teammates looked beaten well before the end.
The game started great for the defence. They put the pressure on Rodgers, who was sacked three times in the first quarter and was held to just 10 points.
It looked a manageable task for last year’s RGIII to take control of the game.
But this year, RGIII is not the same. One can see that his knee is bothering him. It didn’t help that he skipped all of preseason. He looks rusty in his throwing mechanics and is frightened to run the ball.
Coach Mike Shanahan might be frightened too that his franchise quarterback gets hurt again.
So, Griffin isn’t running the read option Washington did so effectively last year. Without the threat of RGIII running the ball the offence has lost its third dimension.
That probably won’t change next week against the Detroit Lions and Washington could easily lose three in a row. RGIII's knee may be rebuilt but it's looking like his confidence may take a little more time.
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