When Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon spoke with ESPN earlier this morning, he was discussing what it would be like when they played against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday in a pivotal Week 15 game as the 7-6 Redskins chase one of the final spots in the NFL Playoffs this season. While it may strictly coincidental, Garcon may have let something slip in terms of whether Washington’s starting quarterback for that contest would be Kirk Cousins or Robert Griffin III.
“It’s still a one-game season,” Garçon said when asked about the feeling around Washington. “We just have to put our best foot forward and now we have a little bit tougher task with Kirk starting. We have to play well around Kirk so Kirk doesn’t feel like he has to save the team and help him to be a comfortable as possible. It’s just a one-game season now. We still have to win games.”
Hmm… So does that mean that Cousins has been declared the starter for the Redskins on Sunday?
“We think Kirk is starting,” Garcon said. “Well, we have to prepare for the worst. We have to prepare.”
The Redskins do need to prepare for whichever quarterback is under center against the Browns following Griffin’s Grade 1 LCL sprain in his right knee in the huge comeback win at home against the Baltimore Ravens this past Sunday. Cousins proved that he can fill in admirably, however, as he led the team to the game tying touchdown in regulation, and then watched as the Redskins won the game in overtime following a field goal by Kai Forbath.
Obviously, the Redskins would feel much more comfortable going with Griffin III as their starter on Sunday, but they will not do anything to risk further damage. Washington is thick in the playoff hunt, so every single game here on out is huge. The Redskins cannot afford to lose any of their final three games if they have hopes of winning the division or getting in as a wild card team. After a road game in Cleveland this week, the Redskins will travel to face the Philadelphia Eagles the following Sunday before closing out the regular season at home against the Dallas Cowboys.
All three are certainly viewed as winnable games, although it will be much more difficult to do so without Griffin III for any of those contests.