hR Weekly Guest Column From SBRForum.com
RG3 Meets First Rookie on Sunday
QB Robert Griffin III is one of the many quarterbacks this year that is fresh out of college and is expected to have a big impact on his team right away. Along the way, RG3 has already run into three of the second-year quarterbacks in the league in Cam Newton, Christian Ponder, and Andy Dalton, but for the first time on Sunday, he and his Washington Redskins are going to be facing a fellow rookie quarterback.
The surprising part about that? Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts aren’t on the schedule this year. Nor are Ryan Tannehill and the Miami Dolphins. Brandon Weeden and the Cleveland Browns are, but not for a few weeks yet. Heck, we’re not even talking about Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks. No, we’re talking about Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles.
Foles is going to be thrown into the mix this week, and perhaps for the rest of the season, after QB Michael Vick suffered a concussion last week at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys. Foles played respectable ball, going 22-of-32 for 219 yards with a TD and a pick, but in the end, he wasn’t good enough to account for all that the defense and the special teams ultimately allowed in that game.
Little does Foles know that this is a huge audition for him, because odds have it, the quarterback spot is going to be open next year for the Eagles, and so too, will the coaching position in all likelihood. If Foles plays well in games like this one, he might be in line to become an NFL starter in spite of the fact that he was a Day 3 pick in the NFL Draft.
The former Arizona Wildcat at least has some history on his side. The Eagles have won and covered three straight games against Washington, and two of those three games were won by at least 24 points.
The bad news for those making NFL picks on Philly though, is that it isn’t expected to do the same in this one. The Eagles are 3 ½-point underdogs with Foles under center in Landover this weekend.