Young Gun QBs Face Off

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Robert Griffin III hasn't been as effective this season. Image courtesy of
San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick has certainly come down to Earth with a thud after a fairytale 2012 NFL season where he led San Francisco to a Super Bowl defeat at the hands of Baltimore. This season he leads the bottom-ranked passing offence in the league after throwing for just 1,802 yards and 11 touchdowns, although he has rushed for 335 yards, himself, for three scores.

Another quarterback who hasn’t quite performed up to expectations is Robert Griffin III. The Redskins went down to Philadelphia 24-16 in Week 11 and RG3 copped plenty of criticism for his poor throw in to the end zone that was intercepted at the end of the game. Griffin led the ‘Skins from a 3-6 record halfway through last campaign to finish 10-6, and Washington will need a similar second half performance to have any hope of claiming the NFC East.

Griffin still has a couple of weapons at his disposals with high-quality receiver Pierre Garcon snaring 67 catches so far this season for 3 TDs while Alfred Morris has built on a very good rookie season with five scores this campaign and an average of 5.1 yards per carry. The offence isn’t as big a problem as the defence, though, which ranks 30th in points allowed and 28th in total yards.

In contrast, the Niners’ defence ranks 9th and held the free-wheeling Saints to just 23 points in a three-point defeat last week. Receiver Anquan Boldin has scored in his last four meetings with the Redskins, and given the inability of Washington’s cornerbacks to play man-on-man coverage, he should have a field day. The last time these teams met in 2011, Frank Gore ran for 107 yards as the Niners triumphed 19-11.


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