By Kevin Ross
The NFL season wouldn’t feel right without the Washington Redskins playing their annual game against the St. Louis Rams. This Sunday’s game will kickoff at 4:05 p.m. as the Redskins hope to silence another hostile crowd looking to enjoy their season opener. Who would have imagined that Rams vs. Redskins would be must-see-TV for the nation?
Every media outlet in the country has become enthralled with every step taken by Robert Grifffin III. From the outside looking in, they say that Washington DC is oozing with confidence, and that the fan base is talking about Superbowls and Prowbowls. But that notion couldn’t be further from the truth, as the average DC fan has become callous to early season hype and propaganda.
Each season leading into games against lowly opponents such as the Rams, the Redskins players and coaching staff all say the right words about the opposition: “We’re not overlooking St. Louis and blah, blah, blah.”
But as soon as the lights come on, the Redskins play their worst game of the season and look as if they shouldn’t be on the field with another NFL team. Washingtonians simply classifies those types of games as “life as a Redskins fan.” But we’re willing to go on record as saying this year will be different.
Washington has one major component in their favor entering this game against the Rams: Robert Griffin III.
Griffin is the ultimate difference maker, and it’s just about time for the Redskins nation to realize exactly what they have. But the first step is for burgundy and gold supporters to put the past behind them.
The recent history of Washington Redskins football is muddled with big name players being pumped up with hype, only to be quickly deflated around 1 p.m. on most Sundays. And this has inspired many to taper their approach with RG3 and settle into the “wait and see mentality.”
The fan base speaks humbly about the St. Louis Rams, as if it’s wrong to hope for and predict a big time win. It’s only Week 2 of the regular season, but it’s time for Washingtonians to put their “wait and see” approach to bed.
Robert Griffin III is the real deal, baby.
Maybe, just maybe, those who drape themselves in burgundy and gold replica jerseys are in fact witnessing something special. Maybe RG3 is not just a superb athlete, but in fact, a transcending figure who will do things that have never been seen before in the National Football League.
RG3 was the best offensive player in Week 1 of the regular season, so is it considered football blasphemy to say that RG3 will be in consideration for league MVP this season?
It’s time for Washingtonians to open their minds and allow themselves to once again dream of winning. RG3 is here baby, and here to stay; the Lebron James of football is wearing a number 10 jersey right now in the NFL. And he is the reason why the St. Louis Rams must figure out a way to stop Washington this Sunday, and not the other way around.
Make no mistake about it; the Redskins are not the team who needs to game plan until 2 a.m. every night in order to win. The Redskins need to simply show up, play their game, and be prepared to make adjustments as the game unfolds.
If RG3 wasn’t rattled in New Orleans against that crowd, facing that Saints team, going to work in St. Louis will simply be business as usual. The Rams have lost their last five home openers, and scored fewer than 20 points in each of those opening day losses. Therefore it’s not difficult to predict that Robert Griffin will not lose in St. Louis.
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Kevin Ross is a freelance writer covering all things Washington Redskins. His work can be found on Examiner.com.