NFC East: 2013 Week 7 QB Watch NFC

QB Watch: Redskins' Robert Griffin III

October, 23, 2013
10/23/13
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A weekly analysis of the Washington Redskins’ quarterback play.

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Rewind: Robert Griffin III was not perfect with his passes and, yes, he was intercepted once and got away with a decision to throw deep to Aldrick Robinson, who was double-covered when another receiver was wide-open. But life worked out for Griffin. People seem to think he was always perfect last year. He wasn’t. He missed numerous open receivers and made life tough on himself at times. But Griffin had a massive impact on the game because of his legs and, yes, his arm. Just like last year. And the trickle-down impact on his teammates is tremendous. He consistently found tight end Jordan Reed, throwing a nice fade to him for a touchdown. And Griffin’s ability to elude the rush on a third-and-5 pass late in the game to Pierre Garcon led to the winning touchdown. Griffin has a ways to go to be an accomplished passer, but he showed Sunday that he is, once again, a dynamic threat.

Fast-forward: Denver’s defense has struggled and will be without corner Champ Bailey, which clearly will not help the coverage. The Broncos are susceptible on passes down the middle, which is where Griffin typically throws the best, particularly to tight end Jordan Reed. Griffin targeted Reed nine times versus the Bears; the rookie caught them all.

Zone-read runs: Griffin rushed for a season-best 70 yards on zone-read options Sunday, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The Redskins gained only 79 total, as Chicago focused heavily on stopping running back Alfred Morris. Before Sunday, Griffin had rushed for only 41 yards on zone-read plays.

Prediction: In the past three games, Griffin has continued to restore the dynamic elements to his game, particularly in the past two against Dallas and Chicago. This will continue, though if Denver pays better attention to Griffin on the zone-read runs, Morris could have a big game. Griffin will throw an interception -- teams have a decent read on what he does as a passer. But Griffin will still accumulate 300 yards of total offense.

QB Watch: Giants' Eli Manning

October, 23, 2013
10/23/13
9:00
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A weekly analysis of the New York Giants' quarterback play.

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Rewind: Monday night's victory over the Vikings was the first game this season in which Eli Manning did not throw an interception. At least partially for that reason, it also was the first game this season in which the Giants outscored their opponents. He wasn't perfect, obviously. There were a couple of balls that could have been intercepted somewhat easily if the Vikings' defensive backs had better hands. But they weren't, and Manning needed a turnover-free game to feel good about himself again. He was 23-for-39 for a modest 200 yards and a touchdown pass to Rueben Randle. His completion percentage of 59.0 was his highest in any game since Week 1.

Fast-forward: Manning and the Giants play the Eagles in Philadelphia on Sunday, just three weeks after he threw three fourth-quarter interceptions in a span of nine throws and effectively handed the Eagles the Week 5 game at MetLife Stadium. Manning was 24-for-52 for 334 yards and two touchdowns in that game. It was his lowest completion-percentage game of the year.

A new feature? Manning found new running back Peyton Hillis five times for 45 yards Monday night. Hillis is known for his good hands, and even if Brandon Jacobs is back to get the bulk of the carries Sunday, Hillis as a checkdown option in the passing game could be a help going forward as Manning continues to try to limit turnovers.

Prediction: I think Manning finds some big yardage down the field against that Eagles' secondary, but he'll also face pressure again, and this time the opponent will be able to take advantage better if he misses throws. Manning goes over 300 yards but does not have a second straight interception-free game.

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