Four days after suffering the first concussion of his NFL career, Robert Griffin III said he's learning to walk the fine line between making a play and making sure he avoids serious injury.It doesnt make you less aggressive, Griffin said of the shoulder-to-helmet hit that knocked him from Sundays 24-17 loss to the Falcons. The one thing I learned is, I cant do that to my team, to the fans, or to my family, because life is more important than the game of football. Getting hit in the head affects us down the road. I have to make sure I limit that.In retrospect, Griffin said he should have slid earlier, run out of bounds or thrown the ball away instead of attempting to extend the play.I tried to get down, he said. If I would have slid a half-second earlier, I would have been safe. But I tried to get down too late and linebacker Sean Weatherspoon had already launched. At that point, it was just a matter of absorbing the hit and I absorbed it the wrong way.In the future, he added, looking back on it, hindsight is 2020, I would have either thrown it away or got out of bounds.Griffin was limited in practice Wednesday, according to Coach Mike Shanahan. Griffin, however, said he was sharp in drills and expects to suit up Sunday against the Vikings.He has not been cleared for contact yet and there's no timetable for that to happen. Griffin will be evaluated by doctors after each practice. Shanahan said clearance could come as late as Sunday morning.I felt sharp, Griffin said. I felt good. No symptoms of a concussion or anything like that. No dizziness or being off balance. Im not just saying that.Then he cracked: You always feel like youre going to be ready to go.The only symptom that I do have is irritability, because they keep asking me the same questions.Although the experience may have rattled the quarterback a little, it certainly didnt affect his sense of humor.Asked how he intends to ensure he doesnt absorb a similar hit in the future, Griffin joked: I ran out of bounds today in practice and imitated a slide, and got a huge cheer from the team.Its not about being soft, Griffin added. I dont have anything to prove to anybody. Everyone knows Im a tough guy. I dont have anything to prove. If you have to live to play another down, you live to play another down.In addition to teaching him a valuable lesson about football, it seems the ordeal also helped put things into perspective for the rookie. Its a learning experience for me, he said. You appreciate things a lot more after something happens. My head, my future outside of football, my life, is more important than trying to get that touchdown on third and four. You have to know when to run out of bounds.
Through 11 weeks, the NFL's playoff picture is far from clear. But one thing is: The NFC is the superior conference.
And that's not just because Nathan Peterman plays in the AFC.
In this week's rankings, seven teams in the top 10 come from the NFC. The middle and back-end of the rankings even out, but at the top, one side of the league is stronger than the other.
The bottom line is that a few deserving squads in the NFC will miss out on the postseason. Meanwhile, in the opposite conference, a couple of mediocre ones will be playing in January.
To see who lands where overall in the post-Week 11 breakdown, click the link above or below. You know who No. 32 is, but there was plenty of movement in the other 31 spots.
The Redskins enter Week 12 against the Giants on Thanksgiving looking for a lot of thanks.
The Redskins were up by 15 points with less than 5 minutes to go against the Saints in Week 11. Despite being major underdogs, they thought they had the win in hand.
Then, as D.C. fans have witnessed all too often, everything fell apart.
Even after their terrific Week 9 win in Seattle, the Redskins still probably needed to split the next two against the Vikings and Saints.
It seemed like they had done exactly that, right up until Drew Brees reminded everyone why he's one of the greatest passers in NFL history.
The loss was doubly painful, as everybody's favorite breakout star Chris Thompson suffered a fractured fibula and will undergo season-ending surgery. Thompson has been one of the few bright spots on offense this season, and his loss will be felt by a team clinging to its playoff hopes.
Despite seeing yet another key cog go down with an injury this season, the team will look to bounce back against one of their NFC East rivals. The Giants have been one of the worst teams in the NFL this season, but are coming off a 12-9 win over a quality Chiefs squad, so the Redskins will have to show up ready to play.
On a short week against a division rival, anything can happen. Every game matters, but this is as much of a must-win for the Redskins as it gets. It's Thanksgiving night, and the Redskins will have the stage all to themselves.
Before the Week 12 Redskins-Giants matchup, here's a preview of everything you need to know, including game time, TV channel and live-stream info.
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WEEK 12 Redskins vs. Giants
Who: New York Giants at Washington Redskins
Where: FedEx Field, Landover, MD
What: Week 12 of the 2017 NFL season
When: Thursday, November 23, 8:30 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NBC
Live Stream: Fubo.TV: Online with no cableTV: fuboTV (Try for free)
Radio: Redskins Radio Network
Betting Odds: According to OddsShark.com, the Washington Redskins are 7.5-point favorites against the New York Giants.
Washington Redskins 2017 Regular Season Schedule:
Week 1 (Sun. 9/10): 30-17 loss vs. Eagles (0-1)
Week 2 (Sun. 9/17): 27-20 win at Rams (1-1)
Week 3 (Sun. 9/24): 27-10 win vs. Raiders (2-1)
Week 4 (Mon. 10/2): 29-20 loss at Chiefs (2-2)
Week 5 (Sun. 10/8): BYE WEEK
Week 6 (Sun. 10/15): 26-24 win vs. 49ers (3-2)
Week 7 (Mon. 10/23): 34-24 loss at Eagles (3-3)
Week 8 (Sun. 10/29): 33-19 loss vs. Cowboys (3-4)
Week 9 (Sun. 11/5): 17-14 win at Seahawks (4-4)
Week 10 (Sun. 11/12): 38-30 loss vs. Vikings (4-5)
Week 11 (Sun. 11/29): 34-31 OT loss at Saints (4-6)
Week 12 (Thurs. 11/23): vs. New York Giants, 8:30 p.m.
Week 13 (Thurs. 11/30): at Dallas Cowboys, 8:25 p.m.
Week 14 (Sun. 12/10): at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m.
Week 15 (Sun. 12/17): vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1:00 p.m.
Week 16 (Sun. 12/24): vs. Denver Broncos, 1:00 p.m.
Week 17 (Sun. 12/31): at New York Giants, 1:00 p.m.
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