RG3 Named NFC Offensive Player of the Week

Awesome and very well deserved.

Via The Washington Times

Robert Griffin III was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week, the NFL announced Wednesday.

The rookie quarterback is the first Washington Redskins player to win the award since Clinton Portis in 2008 and the first Redskins rookie since Rod Gardner in 2001.

Griffin was 19 of 26 passing for 320 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Redskins‘ 40-32 win at the New Orleans Saints in Sunday’s season opener. His yardage total was the second-best Week 1 showing by a rookie in NFL history, trailing only Cam Newton’s 422 yards for the Carolina Panthers last season.

RGIII Threw a Big Block Against The Saints Too?

I didn’t see the block but, Les Carpenter writes about the block and the stunning opening game Robert Griffin III had against the New Orleans Saints. Click this link to read it.

Redskins vs. Saints – 3rd Quarter Thoughts

RGII took the Redskins down the field on a six-play 77 yard drive capped off by a one-yard TD run by Alfred ‘Bam’ (too early?) Morris. The Redskins were helped out by a pass interference penalty on the Saints in the Redskins end zone on a 4th and short.

This quarter also saw the Saints with their longest drive of the game. The 12 play drive was capped off by a 21 yard field goal by Garret Hartley. The key on this drive was a key third and goal read by the ageless London Fletcher and his stop on the speedy & shifty Darren Sproles.

Toward the end of the quarter, the Saints were called for 12 men on the field on a punt by the Redskins which gave the Redskins a new set of downs. Somehow, I don’t see something like that happening if Sean Payton were coaching the Saints and not a interim interim Coach.

Billy Cundiff is three for three today all from the left hashmark. It is so nice not having to get on my knees during a FG attempt by the Redskins this season.

30-17 Redskins.

HTTR!

Redskins vs. Saints – 1st Quarter Thoughts

Love the play calling by Kyle Shanahan. In a raucous house like the Superdome, calling dink and dunks on the first drive was just brilliant.

Cons

The `Redskins line needs to block a little better on runs.

Pros

Looks like the Redskins have incorporated quite a bit of the spread offense RGIII ran at Baylor. This is good and exciting. The Redskins are also very patient on offense which keeps the Saints offense off the field.

Exit question: Not a lot of Leonard Hankerson and Santana Moss in the first quarter – is this by design?

Redskins Vs. Saints – Keys To The Game

When the Redskins have the ball:

  1. Be patient
  2. Run the football
    1. This will keep Drew Brees & Co off the field
  3. Offensive line MUST protect RGIII
    1. This is to prevent 3rd & long situations

When the Saints have the ball (Redskins on defense):

  1. Be patient
    1. Drew Brees loves to dink & dunk the ball as he gets rid of the ball very quickly
  2. Keep everything in front of you
  3. Tackle well
    1. When receiver gets the ball – swarm to the ball and tackle well.

HTTR!