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What To Watch For: Three Redskins-Rams Storylines
1. Steady Progression: It’s unlikely Robert Griffin III will be able to duplicate the performance against New Orleans that earned him multiple player of the week awards, but Griffin won’t need to put up any flashy numbers a second time for his start against the Rams to be a good one. Instead, displaying a greater comfort in managing the game – especially against a team that has now seen him on film – will be all the quarterback needs for his development to continue.
2. X Marks The Spot: The Redskins could be without Pierre Garçon, their prized free agent acquisition who caught an 88-yard touchdown pass at New Orleans and finished with four catches for 104 yards before injuring his right foot. Aldrick Robinson filled in well as his replacement as the split end, or X receiver, catching four passes and also finishing with a touchdown. Whether Garçon is able to play or Robinson gets the nod again will be decided before the game.
3. Next Man Up: St. Louis’ offensive line has taken a beating over the last week, with center Scott Wells breaking his left foot and left tackle Rodger Saffold spraining his neck at Detroit and left guard Rokevious Watkins spraining an ankle in practice. None of the three will play, which could mean a long day for quarterback Sam Bradford a year after he was sacked seven times against the Redskins.