RG3 for Rookie MVP? The Numbers Don't Lie, but Do They Tell the Truth?

John BibbAnalyst IIIMarch 30, 2017

October 28, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) calls an audible at the line of scrimmage against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE
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The Washington Redskins gamble on Robert Griffin III appears to be paying off.  All of that depends upon the performance of RG3 on a week in, week out basis.  The numbers never lie.  According to NFL.com, RG3 has some very impressive statistics through Week 9: 



RG3 has completed 172-of-262 passes for 1993 yards.  That is a completion rate of 65.6 percent.  He has thrown eight touchdowns and three interceptions.  His quarterback rating (QBR) is 93.9 which ranks him 10th in the league and tops among rookie quarterbacks.  

Among rookie QBs that qualify for a rating, you have to throw at least 14 passes per game to have a rating, there are five including RG3:  Indianapolis' Andrew Luck, Seattle's Russell WilsonMiami's Ryan Tannehill and Cleveland's Brandon Weeden.

RG3 not only has the top QBR of 93.9, he leads the rookies in pass completion (65.6 percent), yards per completion (7.6) and fewest interceptions (three).



RG3 has 81 carries for 529 yards.  That impressive statistic breaks down to 6.5 yards per attempt.  He also runs an average of nine times per game.  His six rushing TDs places him third in the NFL 2012 season among all RBs and QBs behind RBs (Houston RB Arian Foster with 10 and Tampa Bay RB Doug Martin with seven.)

The downside to his individual heroics this season are the six fumbles.  That statistic ties him with Eagles QB Michael Vick for most fumbles among all RBs and QBs through Week 9.

With the 2012 season just entering the second half, RG3 will certainly be the benchmark other rookie quarterbacks will be measured.   Five of the 'Skins' remaining games this season are against NFC East division rivals Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys.

If the first nine games are any indication of the performance and numbers he is capable of putting up, RG3 will certainly be the heavy favorite for the offensive rookie MVP this 2012 NFL season.