- Dan Graziano, ESPN Staff Writer
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This morning on "First Take Weekend," I had the pleasure of debating Christian Fauria and Ryen Russillo on a variety of topics, including Sunday night's NFC East title game between the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys. As you can see in this video, our first debate question was which quarterback we "trust" more in the game -- Dallas' Tony Romo or Washington's Robert Griffin III?
I sided with Griffin, and not because I don't respect Romo or the way he's playing -- which is basically as well as any quarterback in the league over the second half of this season. My point was that word "trust." If Griffin were to throw a terrible interception that cost his team the game, you'd be kind of shocked, since you haven't seen him do that yet. If Romo did it ... well, you've seen him do that before. That might not be fair, and it might simply be a reflection of the fact that Romo has the larger body of work, but it's the way it is. At this point, the 22-year-old Redskins rookie just feels more trustworthy than the 32-year-old Cowboys veteran.
I will not be surprised if the Cowboys win the game, but I have picked the Redskins, mainly because I think the Cowboys' injuries on defense are showing up in a more significant way than are the Redskins' problems on defense. I expect Romo and the Cowboys to be a very tough out, and to fight to the end the way they have all throughout the past couple of months. But in the end, I like Griffin and his team just a little bit more in this one.