NFL Week 4 Sleepers: Two Rookie QBs Bound to Have Big Weeks

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NFL Week 4 Sleepers: Two Rookie QBs Bound to Have Big Weeks
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Even as we approach Week 4, it's still difficult to predict which rookie quarterbacks are bound for big things in 2012 and which ones are going to flounder like so many that came before them.

One week they'll look perfect; the next, they'll look incompetent. That, of course, isn't restricted to the rookie quarterbacks; in this bizarre beginning of the 2012 season, nearly every QB in the league has looked totally off-kilter at one point or another.

Week 4 brings us a select couple of matchups that favor some of the league's burgeoning star quarterbacks. Here's a look at which ones are solid picks to put up decent numbers this week.


QB Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks)
at St. Louis Rams

Who would've thought that it would be Week 4 and Russell Wilson—out of all the rookie talent that came into the league this year—would have the best record of all?

The Seattle quarterback has led the Seahawks to an unlikely 2-1 mark (with a little help from the officials, no doubt). We've always known that Wilson is very high on confidence, but after his performance in Week 1, we were unsure that he'd be able to live up to his lofty expectations for himself.

The more time that goes by, the easier it is to have faith in the rookie.

The Seahawks' opening-week loss to Arizona looks less and less bad given the fact that the Cardinals are one of three 3-0 teams in the NFL. Since then, Wilson has led Seattle to consecutive victories over two of the top dogs in the NFC in Dallas and Green Bay.

Now that he's coming up against the Rams in Week 4—owners of the league's 19th-ranked defense—he could have another week full of heroics.

Wilson's numbers haven't been incredibly gaudy, but they've certainly been good enough. He threw for 151 yards and a touchdown against the Cowboys in Week 2, and against the Packers, he finished with 130 yards and two TDs. More importantly, he hasn't thrown a pick in the last two games.

He's been taking care of the ball. He's been connecting with his receivers. And he's about to face—by a landslide—the easiest defense he's faced all season.

Needless to say, this could be a very good week for him.

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QB Robert Griffin III (Washington Redskins)
at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Poor RGIII. Guy just couldn't win last week. Or the week before that. In fact, ever since making the Saints look silly in Week 1, he and the Redskins have been unable to do much of anything.

But you can saddle the blame for that on the defense, not on Griffin and the offense. Despite a 1-2 record, the Redskins have averaged 33 points per game—which certainly should be enough of a cushion for the D.

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Griffin will have a terrific opportunity to right the ship on Sunday against Tampa Bay, another unimpressive defense that he can easily pick on. The 1-2 Bucs currently rank 26th in the league in total defense.

Griffin's performance over the first three weeks has been far from disappointing. He's never thrown for fewer than 200 yards in a game (and he even had one 320-yard passing performance), and he's supplemented that with an average of about 70 yards on the ground. He has rushed for and/or thrown for at least two touchdowns in each game thus far.

He's doing his job. He's putting up the numbers.

Now it will just be a matter of his 30th-ranked defense stepping up to the plate. But the defense won't have much bearing on Griffin's numbers this week, which should once again be impressive against a bad defense. 

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