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Robert Griffin III is off to the races versus Giants.
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III finally got his first taste of playing in the NFC East division. Griffin and the Redskins ended up losing a tight one to the New York Giants. Griffin emerged with very respectable numbers, completing 20-of-28 passes for 258 yards and two touchdowns.
Griffin threw one interception, lost one of his two fumbles and was sacked three times. Consider all of the negatives as valuable lessons learned on the job.
Griffin is currently ranked as the No. 3 QB with a passer rating of 101.8, trailing only Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning. The next closest rookie from the 2012 class is Russell Wilson at No. 22. Despite the loss, Griffin is still the leading candidate for the Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson raised some eyebrows with his Week 6 upset of Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. But, the tough San Francisco defense proved to be too much for Wilson to figure out in Week 7. As a result, Wilson's chances for Offensive Rookie of the Year took a bit of a hit.
In any other year, Washington Redskins RB Alfred Morris might very well be viewed as the leader in rookie voting. Morris continued his impressive season in Week 7 by gaining 120 yards on 22 rushes, averaging 5.5 yards per carry.
Morris has cracked the rankings of the top NFL leading rushers and is only one yard behind the NFL's current leader, Arian Foster. It is tightly bunched at the top, as Foster has 659 yards, followed by Morris (658), Adrian Peterson (652) and Marshawn Lynch (652).
While Morris has rushed for 190 more yards than Griffin, he also has 74 more rushing attempts as well. Morris averages 4.8 yards per carry, while Griffin checks in with a 7.3 yards-per-rush average. Griffin is the No. 12 rusher in the NFL.
Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck now has led his team to a .500 record, as the Colts are 3-3 after their Week 7 win over Cleveland. Luck came up with two rushing touchdowns in the first half but fumbled the ball once. He didn't have any touchdown passes on the day.
There are three rookie wide receivers who deserve mention. They are Tennessee Titans WR Kendall Wright, St. Louis Rams WR Chris Givens and Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon.
Wright leads all rookies with 36 receptions and is tied for 13th in the NFL in that category. For rookie receivers with at least 10 receptions, Givens leads all rookies with an average of 27 yards per catch. Finally, Gordon leads all rookies with 333 receiving yards after Week 7.
Cleveland Browns RB Trent Richardson had a game to forget on Sunday. Against the Indianapolis Colts defense, Richardson ran the ball eight times for eight yards. His chances for Rookie of the Year took a major blow.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin had a 36-yard touchdown run against the New Orleans Saints. Martin ran the ball 16 times for 85 yards, averaging 5.3 yards per rush. He also caught all three passes thrown his way for 37 yards. On the year, Martin has attempted 100 rushes for 408 yards and two touchdowns.