Comparing Andrew Luck to Robert Griffin III and Other AFC South Must-Reads

Nate Dunlevy@NateDunlevyGuest ColumnistOctober 12, 2012

The once and future kings of the NFL?
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The debate rages on.

Whereas Peter King of Sports Illustrated stated this week that Robert Griffin III has outplayed Andrew Luck on the basis of conventional stats, today's article of the day comes from Chase Stuart of Football Perspective, who notes that many advanced metrics favor Luck.

Stuart's article isolates why Luck's pedestrian conventional numbers hide what has been a remarkably efficient season from the rookie.

I've avoided taking up the Griffin/Luck debate early this year, because Griffin is excellent in many stats that are important. Yards per attempt is perhaps the most important passing stat of all, and RG3 has been wonderful.

However, much of his production came at the expense of a terrible Saints defense, whereas Luck has played a difficult slate of defenses.

Needless to say, neither team regrets their choice, and both players look like stars early on.

Luck's play has had a subtle kind of brilliance to it. His traditional numbers are suppressed thanks to a low completion percentage, but as is always the case, numbers don't lie; they just don't tell the whole story.

That's why it's important to find the right numbers. Luck's success isn't a case of "winning" over stats. It's just a case of finding the right stats that more accurately capture the value he is clearly producing on the field.

In this case, there are plenty of numbers that say Luck is already a solid NFL starter, and there are others that suggest an elite player is in the making.


General Interest

Paul Kuharsky of looks at how teams in the South pass up touchbacks.

Kuharsky examines how much (or how little) South lines have played together this year.

Bleacher Report lead writers post their Week 6 picks.

Scott Kacsmar of Bleacher Report has the Week 6 Thinking Man's Guide.


Houston Texans

Andy Benoit of The Football Outsiders says the impact of the injury to Brian Cushing "has been understated."

Stephanie Stradley of The Houston Chronicle interviews Aaron Nagler about the Packers game.

John McClain of The Houston Chronicle says Owen Daniels is not in decline.


Indianapolis Colts

Phil B. Wilson of The Indianapolis Star says Vick Ballard is no average NFL guy.

NFL Films has a video on the Colts win over the Packers that is a must-see.

Bob Kravitz of The Indianapolis Star asks how long the Colts can keep it up.

Phil Richards of The Indianapolis Star says Cory Redding has the right attitude.

Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated breaks down Reggie Wayne's big day.

Jason Lisk of The Big Lead adjusts QBR for strength of schedule, and Luck vaults to the top.


Tennessee Titans

Tom Gower of Total Titans looks back at a big win.

Kuharsky says several Titans found redemption.

David Climer of The Tennessean says the Titans aren't dead yet.

John Glennon of The Tennessean says Matt Hasselbeck erased his mistakes.


Jacksonville Jaguars

Alfie Crow of Big Cat Country looks at Blaine Gabbert on tape.

Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union looks at the 2010 draft class of Gene Smith.

Vito Stellino of The Florida Times-Union says Shad Khan has announced details of the London game.