Robert Griffin III: Redskins Rookie Proving He's the Best Dual-Threat QB in NFL

Rick Weiner@RickWeinerNYFeatured ColumnistOctober 21, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 21: Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins runs against the New York Giants during their game at MetLife Stadium on October 21, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
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Move aside, Cam Newton, Robert Griffin III has arrived and he's staking his claim to the title of "Best Dual-Threat QB in the NFL."

Griffin's stat-line in Washington's 27-23 loss to the Giants on Sunday looks good—he completed 20 of 28 passes for 258 yards, two touchdowns and an interception while carrying the ball nine times for 89 yards—but it doesn't tell the whole story.

RGIII looked every bit like a seasoned NFL veteran against the defending Super Bowl champions, scanning the field for a receiver who had a step on a defender and staying cool under pressure.

When the Giants bought the house in man-to-man coverage on first down with under three minutes left in the game, Griffin took ownership of the edge, scrambling past Giants defenders on the right sideline for a 24-yard gain that stopped the clock.

Two plays later, he threw a perfect pass to Santana Moss for a 30-yard touchdown, one that gave the Redskins a 23-20 lead with just over 1:30 remaining in the fourth quarter.

But Griffin doesn't need a defense to blitz in order to find running room.

He proved that once again in the second quarter with this 28-yard scamper on a play where he was supposed to run by design. It started off a drive that resulted in a Washington field goal and 13-10 lead with under two minutes to go in the first half.

Still not convinced that RGIII is better than Mr. Newton?

Consider this.

For the season, Griffin has completed 70 percent of his passes for 1,501 yards with seven touchdowns and three interceptions.

Newton has a completion rate of just over 60 percent, with 1,387 yards passing, five touchdowns and six interceptions.

On the ground, the numbers are just as lopsided in Griffin's favor.

RGIII has 64 carries for 468 yards and six touchdowns, while Newton has picked up only 273 yards on 46 carries, finding the end zone three times.

If you'll allow me, I need to correct one of my earlier statements.

RGIII isn't staking his claim for the title of "Best Dual-Threat QB" in the NFL.

He's already ripped the crown out of Cam's hands.