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Sunday, September 9, 2012
Halftime thoughts: RG3 makes a splash

By Dan Graziano

NEW ORLEANS -- If you're a Washington Redskins fan and you went into today's game trying to temper your expectations for rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III ... well, sorry.

Griffin's first half simply could not have gone any better. He was 6-for-6 on his first professional drive, which resulted in a field goal. His second drive lasted exactly one play -- an 88-yard touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon. Overall, Griffin is 11-for-13 for 182 yards and two  touchdowns as the Redskins have built a shocking 20-14 lead against the Saints here in the Superdome. Oh, and he's also the team's leading rusher so far with 30 yards on nine carries.

Griffin has shown the poise and composure the Redskins believed they'd see in him from the start. There was a play on which he sidestepped a pass-rusher while moving left and still found Fred Davis along the right sideline for a 26-yard gain. There was a third-down play in the second quarter on which he could have run for the first down but kept his eyes downfield hoping a better option would come open and found Santana Moss for 27 yards. He's taken some shots, which is a little worrisome, and some of the option plays haven't worked the way they'd hoped. But overall, it's been a smashing debut for the Redskins' highly touted rookie.

The only thing that kept this from being a perfect first half for Washington was a foot injury that has Garcon questionable to return and the Sav Rocca punt the Saints blocked and returned for a touchdown right before halftime. But the Redskins will get the ball back to start the second half, and the way Griffin has played to this point, that's an enticing prospect for Redskins fans.

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