Washington’s first two drives Monday night ended in turnovers by two of its key offensive players.
And then things got even a little more dicey, as quarterback Robert Griffin III was seen limping a little after sliding on Washington’s third drive.
However, Griffin stayed in the game, and several plays later, he floated a beautiful long pass to wide receiver Andre Roberts for a 49-yard gain.
The drive would end without points, as Cleveland’s defense held on a goal-line stand. That’s something Washington can surely work upon, and the same goes for the turnovers, a fumble by tailback Alfred Morris (a dropped pitch) and a Griffin interception (an underthrown all-arm pass under some pressure).
Nevertheless, with both teams having three series in the books, Washington had outgained Cleveland 163-17, and there was really no comparison between the attacks.
But Washington’s ability to protect Griffin bears watching. Given time Monday night, he showed an ability to stand and deliver downfield as the leader of an offense with some very exciting passing game talent, with Roberts, DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon and tight end Jordan Reed all playmakers.