For the first six or seven weeks of 2012, it appeared Robert Griffin III was a lock to capture the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year award. After all, the No. 2 overall pick out of Baylor was at or near the top of the league in nearly every major passing category and was a top-10 rusher in the NFC.
You could argue that he's faced two pretty good defenses and that, with the Redskins depleted on both sides of the ball, he isn't exactly getting a ton of support. But Andrew Luck has dealt with similar challenges in Indianapolis, yet the No. 1 overall pick out of Stanford is quickly becoming one of the league's most dangerous quarterbacks.
In stark contrast, the last two games Luck has played have arguably been the best of his career thus far.
Here's the suddenly close comparison:
The point is that it's now at least a race with more than one competitor. And Luck, not Griffin, possesses the momentum.
Who's the offensive rookie of the year right now?
At this point, I still give the edge to Griffin, because I'm considering what he's done as a runner and the overall statistical edge he has over Luck. I also believe it's tougher for rookie quarterbacks to shine consistently than it is for first-year running backs.
Still, it's going to be interesting to see if RG3 can hang on during the second half of the season. Like his team, Griffin is sliding quickly. Is he good enough already to regain his footing, or did he peak early in his rookie season?