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RGIII gets a passing grade in Skins' win over Eagles

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 03:54 AM

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RGIII gets a passing grade in Skins' win over Eagles

Marc Narducci, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

Posted: Sunday, December 23, 2012, 7:13 PM


Robert Griffin III tried to side-step the question in the same way he evades defensive linemen. The Redskins quarterback engineered Sunday's 27-20 win over the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field, basically playing on one leg.

After missing last week's 38-21 loss to the Cleveland Browns with a knee injury, a mild sprain to his right lateral collateral ligament, Griffin completed 16 of 24 passes for 198 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He had a 102.4 passer rating.

What Griffin didn't do much was run, with just two carries for four yards. This season he has rushed for 752 yards and six touchdowns, so it's a big part of the rookie's game.

He said his knee felt good, but when asked if he had any limitations, Griffin skirted the issue.

"I mean, we won the game," said Griffin, who was sacked just once, for 13 yards. "I was playing quarterback for the Washington Redskins so I felt like myself out there."

Even Redskins coach Mike Shanahan wasn't buying that explanation.

"We did not do everything that we would normally do," Shanahan said when asked on the running limitations for his quarterback. "I did not want to put that pressure on that LCL."

Even without Griffin as a running threat, the Redskins rushed for 128 yards (4.6 average). Rookie Alfred Morris led the way with 91 yards on 22 attempts.

A year after winning the Heisman Trophy at Baylor, Griffin has led the Redskins (9-6) to six consecutive wins and a chance to clinch the NFC East title Sunday at home against the Cowboys.

Against the Eagles, Griffin showed on a day when he wasn't a running threat, he was still good enough to help earn his team a victory.

"They call me a quarterback because I lead the team," said Griffin who has thrown 20 touchdown passes and just five interceptions. "I'm supposed to go out there and throw the ball and hand the ball off to Alfred [Morris] and that's what I was able to do."

Contact Marc Narducci at mnarducci@phillynews.com or @sjnard on Twitter.



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