In spite of the Washington’s recent victory, many online sportsbook bettors wonder if Robert Griffin III has truly recovered from his injury
Sunday, up against the Oakland Raiders, the Washington Redskins finally got their first win of the 2013 regular NFL football wagering season with a 24-14 score. Griffin performed well, but many of YouWager’s Internet wagering fans didn’t see the kind of performance that won the Heisman Trophy a few years ago. In his first four games, Griffin has thrown for 975 yards and 5 touchdowns. Griffin is one of only 3 quarterbacks in the NFL to pass for more than 300 yards in the first 3 weeks of this NFL season. Most of those yards were made in losing games.
Griffin’s statistics raise questions. There is a noticeable difference from last year, says a senior NFL analyst at YouWager. In the first 4 weeks of the 2012 NFL wagering season, Griffins carried the ball 41 times, for 4 touchdowns, 234 yards and averaged 5.7 yards per carry. After four games in 2013, on the ground, Griffin has only carried the ball 15 times, for 0 touchdowns and 62 yards, averaging just 4.1 yards per game. Some online sportsbook bettors blame the coaching staff.
In the second half of Washington’s win against the Raiders, Oakland’s front seven put enough pressure on Griffin to force him out of the pocket. Instead of running the ball more, as he has promised to do, in interviews, Griffin threw incomplete passes. In the 2012 season, Griffin seemed to rely more on his legs when he got in trouble.
Is Griffin afraid of getting hurt again?
It may simply be a question of fear, some specuale. If Griffin isn’t feeling brave, it certainly affects the entire team. But the lack of success the Redskins have experienced could also be traced to the Redskins coaching staff. Washington’s offense has clearly been built around Griffin, and while he has the ability to run, like few other quarterbacks, the Redskins’ coaches may be terrified of risking Griffin and losing him to injury again. If Griffin is fearless on the field, no doubt his coaches will still be worrying in every matchup.
Fortunately, Griffin and the Redskins have two weeks to rest and reevaluate their strategies. If Washington is going to beat the Dallas Cowboys, they will have to show the online betting community another version of their star player, similar to the one that excited YouWager’s NFL football wagering fans in his pro football debut. (Has their ever been this much noise about a rookie before?) If Griffin doesn’t find a way to play to his full potential this year, the Redskins could be in serious trouble, online oddsmakers say.
Loyal to his team, in interviews, Griffin usually preaches optimism. He told a YouWager news source, “It’s a good situation for us right now, seeing the way our division’s played out. . . . All you have to do is win your division and you get in the playoffs. And that’ll be our focus moving ahead. We’ve just got to keep winning games and keep ourselves in a good situation to make the playoffs.”