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Robert Griffin III named NFC Offensive Player of Week 1

Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week Wednesday following his strong NFL debut against the New Orleans Saints.

RG3 runs Robert Griffin III was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week. (Getty)

Griffin led the Redskins to a 40-32 victory over the Saints by  completing 19 of 26 passes for 320 yards and two touchdowns, with a 139.9 passer rating. He also rushed for 42 yards on 10 carries.

Griffin became the first player in league history to pass for more than 300 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in his NFL debut.

He also is the first Redskins player to win the award since running back Clinton Portis did it in 2008 after a 145-yard effort against the Philadelphia Eagles. Griffin is the first Redskins rookie to receive the honor since Rod Gardner in Week 6 of the 2001 season.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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