A change in scoring means that Robert Griffin III will need at least another game to break the team record for rushing yards by a rookie quarterback.
But at least the Redskins’ beleaguer offensive line has fewer sacks on its ledger.
The NFL has changed the scoring on two plays involving Griffin, one in each of the Redskins’ last two games. In both cases, the league determined that Griffin had no intent to pass on plays where he was tackled behind the line of scrimmage. Since a sack can only take place if the quarterback intends to pass, the sacks were wiped off of the book.
Sack yardage is subtracted from team passing yards but if a loss of yardage doesn’t result from a sack the yardage has to be taken from somewhere else. The only place to go was Griffin’s rushing yards.
Prior to the scoring change, Griffin was credited with 252 rushing yards, the most any Redskins rookie quarterback has had in a season. As a result of the changes, Griffin now is credited with 18 fewer rushing yards. That makes his total 234 for the season, six yards short of Sammy Baugh’s rookie record of 240 yards.
The Redskins’ total of 11 sacks given up is now reduced to nine.