The New York Giants don't need Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III to be injured in order for them to get back to the top of the NFC East in 2013. Big Blue is talented enough to beat Washington at full strength regardless of how seriously the Redskins' quarterback injured his knee this weekend.
The reports on Robert Griffin III's knee injury are, at best, speculation at this point. Some indicate that the rookie phenom has completely torn his ACL, MCL and PCL, while ESPN is reporting that he only has a partial tear of his ACL and a torn LCL. Either way, it sounds as if he as suffered a relatively severe knee injury that will cause him to miss a significant period of time. It would be the second serious instance of ligament damage in his right knee.
From a humanistic point of view, hearing the news of such a promising player suffering a career-threatening injury is obviously distressing, especially given the knowledge that the coaching staff possessed beforehand. However, as much as nobody wants to talk about it right now, RG3's potential absence for any significant period of time in 2013 will drastically alter the New York Giants path to next season's divisional crown.
The Giants got to see firsthand how Robert Griffin III transformed the culture of the entire Redskins organization. In two games against Big Blue this season, RG3 put up 582 total yards of offense. He led his team with poise, as he defeated the Giants in their second meeting at FedEx Field in a game that allowed the Redskins to stay alive in the NFC East.
Obviously, Griffin is too integrated into the Redskins offense for them to be as successful without him in the lineup. Kirk Cousins, RG3's backup, is talented, but starting him in 2013 would require the 'Skins to re-engineer the teams' entire offense. Furthermore, Washington does not have a first round pick in the 2013 draft, so there is little chance they can rebuild with a young prospect. Griffin's injury would more than likely render the Redskins as an average football team next season.
With the Philadelphia Eagles in a full-on rebuilding mode, the Giants and Dallas Cowboys seem to be the only two viable teams capable of winning the division next season.Obviously, it's way too early to make any educated predictions to any degree of accuracy on which teams will be competitive next season. Free agency hasn't began yet, the draft is still a few months away and there are always injuries during the preseason. However, regardless of what happens in any of the above processes, the potential absence Robert Griffin III will drastically change the course of the NFC East in 2013.
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