NFL Week 7 Predictions: How Rookie QBs Will Fare on Sunday

Ryan DavenportContributor IOctober 21, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 07:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts throws a pass during the NFL game against the Green Bay Packers at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 7, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The 2012 NFL season has been the year of the rookie quarterback, as an NFL-record five teams have first-year players starting under center.

Though they generally don't enjoy a huge amount of success early on, only two of the five teams led by rookie quarterbacks are under .500 heading into Week 7, which is a testament to how special this rookie class could turn out to be.

Russell Wilson and the Seahawks fell to San Francisco on Thursday and Ryan Tannehill's Dolphins have a bye week, but there are still three rookie quarterbacks in action this weekend.

Here's a look at how they'll fare in Week 7.


Andrew Luck

Through the first five games, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2012 NFL draft has had his moments and at this point, there's no doubt that the former Stanford standout will be a star in this league for a very long time.  

In Week 5, Andrew Luck led the Colts to a shocking upset over Green Bay, and proved that he is more than capable of performing under pressure.

On Sunday, Luck's Colts will take on the Cleveland Browns, who are almost unquestionably the worst team in the league heading into Week 7.

Against the Browns, Luck will throw for at least two touchdowns and well over 200 yards, and the Colts will get to .500 for the first time since Week 2.


Robert Griffin III

Six games in, Robert Griffin III has more than lived up to the hype, as the reigning Heisman Trophy winner has single-handedly transformed the Redskins from a moribund collection of aging veterans into one of the most exciting up-and-coming teams in football.  

He's led the Skins to upset victories over the Saints, Bucs and Vikings, and his team enters Sunday's game on the road against the Giants at 3-3.

Though RGIII will have a big day on the ground, rushing for nearly 100 yards, without Pierre Garcon in the lineup, he'll have a tough time picking apart the Giants' secondary through the air.

Nonetheless, Griffin will send D.C. fans into a frenzy on Sunday afternoon, as he will lead the 'Skins to a stunning upset over the defending Super Bowl champs.


Brandon Weeden

As well as things have gone for Griffin, Luck and Wilson so far, Brandon Weeden's first six games have been just as painful to watch.

So far, Weeden has thrown 10 picks, and the Browns have stumbled to a 1-5 record heading into Sunday's game against Luck's Colts.

The 29-year-old rookie is coming off a feel-good win over the Browns' cross-state rivals from Cincinnati, but Weeden won't be able to out-gun Luck and the Browns will fall to 1-6.

Cleveland's struggles can't be blamed solely on Weeden, but if the Browns are going to turn things around, he'll have to do a better job of limiting his turnovers.