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RG3 the key for Skins

Features Posted 7th December 2012 view comments

Sky Sports' Kevin Cadle believes Robert Griffin III will be too hot to handle when the Washington Redskins host the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

The Redskins are a team on the up thanks to three straight victories, taking their record to 6-6 and piling the pressure on the NFC East-leading New York Giants.

Baltimore Ravens (9-3) @ Washington Redskins (6-6), live on Sky Sports 2 HD, Sunday 5.30pm

The Ravens are one of the NFL's best teams, based on their record alone, however, Cadle still thinks there are too many question marks over John Harbaugh's team.

Robert Griffin III: The reason why Washington are the league's number one rushers

Robert Griffin III: The reason why Washington are the league's number one rushers

The Redskins lead the league in rushing, mainly due to the ability on the ground from their rookie quarterback and the talented 22-year-old will be the one to watch on Sunday.

"There's too many questions about them (the Ravens) for me overall," he told Sky Sports.

"That's going to be the key. You can stop the Redskins from rushing, but then you've got RG3. They lead the league in rushing because of him.

You look at the rookie quarterbacks and there's a lot said about Luck and this and that. But the one thing Luck doesn't do that RGIII does extremely well is Luck doesn't take care of the ball. RGIII doesn't turn the ball over.

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"He might pull out the pass, but all of a sudden guys might be covered and he'll see that lane and get you 10 or 15 yards. He does that two or three times a game and that opens things up for everyone else.

"If you can stop the rushing game then you've got the Redskins right where you want them."

The pressure will be on RG3 to lead Washington to a fourth straight win and Cadle believes the youngster, like so many other rookie QBs in the NFL - most notably Andrew Luck - will rise to the occasion.

Asked if Griffin is handling the pressure of competing with the Giants in the NFC East, Cadle replied: "There's no question about it, he is handling the pressure. All the rookie quarterbacks are handling the pressure.

"RG3 in this team would have a better record if the defence showed up on a few more occasions and cut down on the dumb plays down the stretch.

"You look at the rookie quarterbacks and there's a lot said about Luck and this and that. But the one thing Luck doesn't do that RG3 does extremely well is Luck doesn't take care of the ball. RG3 doesn't turn the ball over.

"If you've got a quarterback that's not turning the ball over then you've got a shot at being successful. That's the thing I like. He talked about during the bye week coming back as a better leader since the bye week he seems to be a better leader and his team has not lost a ball game.

"Kudos to him and to the coaching staff and everyone else that they find themselves hitting their stride at the right time."

Kev's call:

"I'm going for Washington in this one. The Ravens will make the play-offs but now is not a good time to start losing ball games and losing your momentum. Four games from now the season is over with and it's play-off time. You can't just get your momentum come play-off time."

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