Robert Griffin III finally benched for Kirk Cousins with Redskins hopelessly behind

The Washington Redskins had resisted benching quarterback Robert Griffin III all season, regardless of the circumstance.

But, with Washington trailing 45-10 in the fourth quarter to the Chiefs, it was finally time.

Kirk Cousins relieved Griffin, who was 12-of-26 for 164 yards, one touchdown and one interception. It's not that unusual to see a quarterback get pulled when their team is down 35 points, but it's the first time a healthy Griffin has been pulled all season. The only other time Cousins had gotten into the game was at Denver, after Griffin suffered a minor knee injury in the fourth quarter.

Griffin didn't play great on Sunday, and he hasn't played all that well the entire season. It's hard to imagine his benching will last past the Chiefs game. But with everything going wrong for the Redskins on Sunday, it didn't make any sense to keep him in.

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