RG3 hasn’t won an NFL game since Dec. 20, 2014. Johnny Manziel remains the last Browns quarterback to lead Cleveland to a victory.
Griffin’s Browns debut lasted all of 58 minutes before a shoulder injury put him on the sidelines until now.
With RG3, the Browns can win. This statement isn’t a reflection on RG3’s future trajectory. He’ll probably never be the player he was in 2012, but for one game, he’s perfectly capable of getting lucky. This is especially true against the Bengals, a team trending the wrong way.
Why might RG3 and the Browns shock the world? Vintage RG3. Griffin’s auditioning for next season, and I expect him to do what makes him comfortable. That means getting out of the pocket, running, and throwing deep balls to Terrelle Pryor and Corey Coleman.
A formula for sustained success? No. But it can and will work against Cincinnati this Sunday, especially against a Bengals pass defense that ranks 20th in the NFL.