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Sep 9, 2013, 8:57 PM EST

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Some thought that Robert Griffin III might be rusty as he started his first game exactly eight months after reconstructive surgery on his right knee.

They were right.

The Redskins were shut out on offense in the first half and Griffin’s ineffectiveness was one of the main reasons why. Griffin was 5 for 11 passing for 53 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. He was sacked one time and ran once for two yards.

The Eagles lead the Redskins 26-7 at halftime

His first pass that counted was picked off. On a third down play he went deep down the middle of the field to a triple-covered Santana Moss. Brandon Boykin was one of the three defenders around and he made the interception at the Washington 48.

The consensus in the press box was that Griffin did not throw an interception that bad all last year.

He did not appear to have the mobility that he had last year and the pinpoint accuracy that he had in 2012 simply was not there.

The Redskins did manage to avoid a shutout in the half thanks to a 75-yard return of a Michal Vick lateral that Ryan Kerrigan batted backwards. The play survived a lengthy replay review.

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