You can decide for yourself.
Last night against the Buffalo Bills, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was credited with four completions on six attempts, for 70 yards and a touchdown. Using whatever convoluted system they use to factor QB ratings, NFL mathematicians credited Griffin III with a 145.8 rating–an NFL best among preseason performances.
But videographic evidence seems to suggest that during the opening drive, receiver Pierre Garçon actually had two feet in-bounds on his reception, before going out of bounds. The play was incorrectly ruled incomplete on the field, leading to a Sav Rocca punt.
Had the call gone in the Redskins’ favor, Griffin III’s final line might have been five-for-six for 84 yards and a touchdown, which calculates out to a perfect 158.3 QB rating in his Redskins debut.
This also adjusts Garçon’s numbers to four receptions for 72 yards and a touchdown, for an equally impressive Redskins’ debut.
Listen–mistakes happen, and there’s no reason for head coach Mike Shanahan to waste a challenge on a play like that in a game like this. There will be many more important throws that Griffin III will be entrusted to make in his Redskins career, and there were plenty of other feel-good moments for the rookie.
But considering he and Garçon executed the necessary play to earn the perfect rating, proper accolades are in order.
Way to go, guys!
(Credit goes to @LL_HTTR247 for the first photo).
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