Robert Griffin III has looked physically better over the last three weeks, but his numbers haven't been at the level some expected after his stellar rookie season. Through eight games, he has as many interceptions as he has touchdown passes: nine.
Fans in Washington and fantasy owners who have held onto RG3 are hoping he breaks out soon. The wait could be coming to an end before long.
In Week 10, RG3 is set to have one of his biggest statistical games of the season against the Minnesota Vikings.
Minnesota's pass defense is ranked just 29th in the NFL this season. Those types of numbers can be skewed by one or two big games from opponents, but the Vikes have consistently been lit up by almost every signal-caller they have faced.
From a passing yardage standpoint, all but three of the opposing quarterbacks the Vikes have faced have generated one of their three-best performances of the season. Overall, the Vikings are surrendering 291.1 yards per game through the air.
Obviously, RG3 is a dual-threat quarterback. Minnesota didn't contain the other read-option quarterback it faced this season. The Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton completed 20-of-26 passing attempts for 242 yards and three touchdowns. Newton also ran for 30 yards and a score on the ground.
The Panthers' offense is the closest possible comparison for the Washington Redskins' attack. RG3 should be able to continue the trend of successful performances against the Vikings' defense.
Will this be a blowout? Probably not.
Defensively, the Redskins have struggled. The pass defense is ranked 28th and the run defense is 22nd in the NFL. Thus, Christian Ponder and Adrian Peterson should find their own success.
This game could very well turn into a shootout, which is a good sign for fantasy football owners who have RG3.
Washington's defense will necessitate the offense putting up points through the air; and the Vikings' defense isn't good enough to slow the 'Skins down. Don't count on less than 275 yards passing, two touchdowns and 50 yards rushing from RG3 on Thursday night.
If you have him on your fantasy team, he should be an automatic start.
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