As a child, I grew up in a single parent home, yearning for freedom. Eventually, I gained it, but until then, it wasn’t easy growing up under trump tight protection. It is because of this upbringing that I advocate for children to grow and learn, within reason.

Knowing this, I found myself in overprotective mode with Robert Griffin III in response to the concussion he suffered in week five against the Atlanta Falcons. Although he was diagnosed with a mild concussion, I knew the remedy for this would be to sit him against Minnesota and then roll him out this week against the New York Giants. Concussions, despite the severity level, should not be taken lightly. I mean we mortgaged our future for him. We sold the farm to bring him here. We don’t want him to become damaged goods, do we?  I could not have been more off target, could I?

Not only did RGIII play against the Vikings, he alone accounted for 320 of Washington’s 361 total yards and three touchdowns. Packaged in that was a 76 yard touchdown run that placed him second all-time in longest touchdown runs by a quarterback (Kordell Stewart, 80 yards).

Because my Redskins have not have an offensive playmaker of this magnitude since the days of Brian Mitchell, Gary Clark and Art Monk, I wanted to protect him at all costs.  I think it’s safe to say the young fella is alright. Now he takes his talents to East Rutherford, New Jersey.  How will he follow-up his performance of a week ago?  How will the rest of the NFL fair in week seven?  Here we go:

Seahawks over 49ers- As much as San Fran wants to redeem itself after the bludgeoning it took from New York, Seattle is desperate for a division win at 0-2.

Bills over Titans- Buffalo is in the thick of things in the AFC East. They’ll scrape out another win at home against the Titans.

Colts over Browns- If not for Trent Richardson’s questionable status as a result of his rib cartilage, I’d take the Dawg Pound.

Packers over Rams- Green Bay had its coming out party at Houston’s expense. Look for offensive explosion from the Cheeseheads throughout the remainder of the season.

Vikings over Cardinals- Is Arizona slowly becoming Fool’s Gold?

Redskins over Giants- They say the G-Men have vengeance on their minds. I’ll go the other way because it was owner John Mara that led the charge for the Redskins to endure the salary cap penalty they did in the offseason. What better way to let out their frustrations?

Saints over Buccaneers- Has morale been restored in the Big Easy?

Panthers over Cowboys- Dallas has won the last eight games against Carolina. On the flip side, the Boys’ secondary is banged up and morale is shot. Cam Newton, there is no better game for you to get out of your funk than this one. Your father called you to task…LISTEN!

Texans over Ravens- Should Terrell Sugg return to the Ravens’ lineup it will be a must needed boost, considering the recent injuries that unit suffered. Still, Houston returns home after the indecent exposure perpetrated by Green Bay. The Texans redeem themselves with a win.

Raiders over Jaguars- Because neither of these teams have really shined in any aspect of the game this season, I’ll take Oakland on the strength of a full proof system…Inny Minny Miney Moe!

Patriots over Jets- This can easily go the other way.

Steelers over Bengals- These are two of the most difficult teams for me to figure out. In inexplicable fashion, Pittsburgh takes the win.

Bears over Lions- The shaky play of Matthew Stafford as of late should allow Chicago’s defense to wreak havoc under the bright Monday Night lights.

I went 7-7 a week ago. Let’s see if I’m fortunate enough to receive some good luck in this seventh week.  By the way, I’m more than thankful to a mother who had nothing but the best intentions when raising me.  I love you always!

By Antoine Hoffman


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