Redskins' RG3 at less than 100 percent still is pretty good

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QB is steady against Eagles despite brace on right knee

PHILADELPHIA -- He wasn't himself. He didn't need to be. Instead, Robert Griffin III relied on other attributes of his game aside from his legs. That was more than enough for the Redskins.

Griffin, returning after a one-week absence because of a sprained right knee, completed 16 of 24 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns in the Redskins' 27-20 win over Philadelphia. Griffin did throw an interception but still finished with a 102.4 passer rating.

"I was a little nervous seeing him take so many hits, but he played good," Redskins receiver Joshua Morgan said of Griffin. "For him not to be 100 percent, he definitely put on a show."

The Redskins showed they could win without Griffin a week ago at Cleveland. Now they showed they could win without his legs being a major threat. Of course, the wins came over two teams with a combined nine wins, but it builds confidence nonetheless.

Griffin ran twice, only one of which was by design. In fact, the Redskins used more plays with Griffin under center than they have much of the season.

"We did not do everything we normally do," Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said.

"That's why they call me quarterback," Griffin said. "It's not abbreviated with a running quarterback before that or whatever else anyone wants to say. They call me quarterback because I lead the team. I'm supposed to go out there and throw the ball and hand the ball off to Alfred Morris, and that's what I was able to do."

Indeed, he threw a pretty pass to receiver Santana Moss in the left corner of the end zone. Moss tippy-toed for the 22-yard touchdown catch.

"Everybody gets in line behind him and said, 'Take us to the promised land,'?" Moss said of Griffin. "He shows what it takes every day."

On Sunday, that meant playing with a brace on his right knee.

"It's going to restrict your motion, so from that my mobility was down a little bit," he said. "But at the same time, I was able to do everything a quarterback is supposed to do. It didn't slow me down, and I was able to protect myself."

jkeim@washingtonexaminer.com

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