Redskins 2016 Opponents Roundup: Robert Griffin III Struggles, Injured In Browns Debut

The Redskins will face Cowboys, Giants and Browns over the next three weeks. Those teams played Sunday. We have thoughts.

* The Washington Redskins' Interest in quarterback Robert Griffin III goes beyond the Week 4 Cleveland-Washington matchup at FedExField, of course. The former Redskins starter/face of the franchise made his Browns debut Sunday after not playing a down in Washington last season. Unless you're among the faction who believes a turnaround is inevitable for Griffin, Sunday probably went as expected.

In Cleveland's 29-10 loss at Philadelphia, Griffin went 12 of 26 for 190 yards. Some early drops hurt the cause, but RGIII also benefitted from strong efforts from his receivers on balls in traffic. Late in the game, he took a shot to his left shoulder during a run attempt (see below). Griffin said after the game he'll be good for the Week 2 matchup versus Baltimore. Whether he'll ever be in the ballpark of how good he was during his 2012 Rookie of the Year campaign seems more unlikely with each passing day.

* Washington's next two opponents met Sunday afternoon in Dallas. Two rookies -- Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and Giants receiver Sterling Shepard -- stood out. Prescott became a thing during the preseason when the fourth-round pick made play after play and then became the starter when Tony Romo suffered his latest injury. Sure, Prescott looked like a rookie at times and the Cowboys' offense couldn't punch the ball into the end zone during some early drives. However, the kid wasn't afraid to throw into the heart of New York's defense and largely looked poised. If Dallas' imposing offensive line can open holes for the run game against Washington, Prescott can work off play action in his first NFL road game.

* Shepard provides Eli Manning with a slot receiving threat. That connection hooked up for a 9-yard touchdown pass and more. Victor Cruz also scored against Dallas, and Odell Beckham remains the main man. Those latter veterans will likely receive the most attention when the Redskins and Giants meet in Week 3. But considering Washington's impressive outside cornerbacks, Manning might decide that attacking with his slot receiver is ideal.

Ben Standig is the Publisher of Breaking Burgundy and the Huddle Report's 2012 NFL Mock Draft champion. You can find him on Twitter @benstandig and on Google+.

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