BALTIMORE (KWTX) For the first time since the 2016 season finale, Robert Griffin III will be making a start in the NFL.
Because the Baltimore Ravens (13-2) have already clinched home-field advantage throughout the 2019 NFL playoffs, that will allow Griffin III to prepare as a starter for the first time since Jan. 1, 2017, when he was a member of the Cleveland Browns.
"It's just a blessing, honestly, for what I've been able to go through and come out of," Griffin III said. "I wouldn't be here without God and, honestly, wouldn't be here without the Ravens giving me an opportunity last year."
The former Baylor quarterback initially signed a one-year contract with Baltimore for the 2018 season. He played in three games before signing a two-year, $4 million extension the following offseason to remain the team's primary backup to Lamar Jackson.
Griffin III hasn't attempted more than six passes in a game since that game on New Year's Day nearly three years ago. The Copperas Cove native completed 29-of-40 passes for 232 yards and two touchdowns along with one interception against the Pittsburgh Steelers -- the Ravens' opponent this week.
"We're just trying to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers," Griffin III said. "(It's a) division game and we know they need it. I know everyone thinks that we don't, but the guys in the locker room feel differently."
Pittsburgh (8-7) isn't required to beat Baltimore to make the playoffs as the No. 6 seed in the AFC, but the Steelers are also battling Tennessee (8-7), Oakland (7-8) and Indianapolis (7-8) for the final spot.