Robert Griffin III and the Redskins face another tough test on Sunday as they take on the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field.
Griffin & Co. are coming off of their most prolific performance of the season, and must be prepared to duplicate such success as they take on Manning and the Broncos boast the top offense in the league, averaging 469.3 yards and 42.6 points a game.
Griffin said he welcomes the challenge of trying to keep pace with Manning and his high-powered offense. But he would rather his defense manage to find a way to slow the Broncos. Either way, Griffin said the Redskins must be prepared for all scenarios.
“I mean, you want to have a challenge. Obviously, we don’t want them scoring every time we score. We want our defense to go out there and shut them down, but you’ve got to be ready for anything, and that’s what we said at the beginning of the year. You’ve got to be ready to win any kind of game. Whether it’s a shootout or it’s a tough, hard-fought defensive battle, you’ve got to be able to win either of those, and so, if they score, we score, they score, we score, hopefully, we’re the last ones to score.”
Although their styles of play differ drastically, Griffin said that there are elements of his game that he has taken from Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.
Griffin boasts great athleticism and blazing speed while Manning is a pocket passer who for his career has averaged just 1.8 yards per carry. But Manning’s Hall of Fame skills as a passer and field general command the respect of every quarterback, and Griffin said he has studied and tried to integrate some of those aspects into his play.
“You have to,” Griffin said. “You have to learn from the great quarterbacks in this league that have paved the way for all of us. He’s one of those guys even though our styles are varying. He still paved the way for quarterbacks like myself to have the chance to play in the NFL, so you learn from those guys and I have learned. I won’t tell you what I’ve learned, but I have learned.”
Despite expressing admiration for Manning, he said now is not the time to dwell on such sentiments.
“I’ll leave the sappy stuff for after the game, or when I send him a text message here and there,” Griffin said with a grin. “But right now, he knows he’s got to focus on his team, and I’ve got to focus on mine.”
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