Mike Shanahan drafted Robert Griffin III in April with the intention of plugging him into a proven formula for success with a rookie quarterback. Through three weeks, a strong defense, specifically the secondary, has not matched Griffin's contribution to the formula.
Five questions to keep in mind when Washington visits Tampa Bay.
The good news for the Washington Redskins is their newfound scoring punch, largely due to Robert Griffin III's impact as franchise quarterback and savior. Washington has scored at least 28 points in each of its three games this season.
The Washington Redskins' defense has tried it all early on this season in attempting to slow down opponents. Again, Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, it failed.
A quarter-by-quarter recap of the Redskins' 38-31 loss to the Bengals.
Kedric Golston stood near his locker and stroked his goatee late Sunday afternoon as he contemplated how to answer the question that has come to define this Washington Redskins season after two straight ugly defensive performances in a pair of losses.
In some ways the Washington Redskins are paving new ground as they essentially invent a new NFL offense around Robert Griffin III. Zone reads serve as a pro-style option, and Griffin is able to take advantage of his ability to extend plays with his legs even in the passing game.
One official was pulled from duty because he's a fan. Another negated a touchdown without ever throwing a penalty flag. Several others had difficulty with basic rules.
Not even a breakout game by Cleveland's rookie playmakers could change the outcome of Ohio's intrastate series.