Thursday, December 27, 2012
Cowboys hope for better in rematch vs. RG III
By Todd Archer
IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys hope the second time around in seeing Robert Griffin III is better than the first.
It was for the New York Giants and Philadelphia.
In the first meeting against the Giants, Griffin had 258 yards passing and two touchdowns and ran for 89 yards in a 27-23 loss. In the second meeting, he threw for 163 yards and one touchdown, while running for 72 yards in a 17-16 win.
In the first meeting against the Eagles, a 31-6 Washington win, Griffin completed 14 of 15 passes for 200 yards with four touchdowns and 84 yards rushing. In last week’s second meeting (a 27-20 Redskins’ victory) he completed 16 of 24 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns and was intercepted once. He ran twice for 4 yards in part because Mike Shanahan did not want him to risk an injury.
On Thanksgiving against the Cowboys, Griffin completed 20 of 28 passes for 311 yards and four touchdowns. He was intercepted once and ran for 29 yards on six carries.
“You just get more familiar,” linebacker Dan Connor said. “We had a short week the last time we played. This offense, it’s tough to go against. In the NFL there’s a lot of the same and this is something different. Having a (normal) week is definitely going to be helpful. Having seen him before, that will definitely help too.”
Backup quarterback Kyle Orton is running the scout team this week. He does not possess Griffin’s athleticism but linebacker DeMarcus Ware said that is fine.
"It's all about seeing them, recognizing them,” Ware said. “You’re not always going to get the look and the speed that he does it, but being able to see it and recognize it before it happens, that is the key.”