Robert Griffin III vs. Andrew Luck: Whose Immediate Future Is Brighter?

Brandon AlisogluCorrespondent INovember 18, 2012

Aug 25, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) talks with Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) after the game at FedEX Field.  Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-US PRESSWIRE

The debate will rage for decades: Who's better?

Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III?

The long-term answer is many years away. But we can certainly assess who has the brighter future in the coming months.


Actual Football

This one is quite easy. Just check the standings. 

The Washington Redskins, barring a miraculous run, are out of the playoff picture. They sit at 3-6 and don't have enough parts around Griffin to create such a streak.

Thus, Luck has a rather large advantage here.

His Indianapolis Colts don't need a divine touch to become a postseason participant. They simply need to maintain. 

Assuming they do, all of the early-season attention that was paid to Griffin will shift to Luck. And it should.

The rookie is leading his team to the playoffs during a rebuilding year. This isn't an unprecedented situation, but playoff teams with first-year signal-callers are often strong in other areas.

About the only facet where the Colts aid Luck's cause is their middling pass defense. However, that's mostly a product of teams opting to expose the soft rush defense.

When it comes to this season, the edge has to go to Luck. He keeps drives—and the season—alive on third down so well that he looks like a veteran. 

A veteran with something tangible on the line.


Fantasy Football

Has your team faced RG3 yet? Then you already know.

Griffin is a fantasy nightmare. He puts up decent enough passing stats, and his rushing ability adds another avenue for racking up the points.

Luck is a solid athlete who has five touchdowns on the ground. However, he isn't Griffin.

RG3 had 529 rushing yards through nine games and a ridiculous 6.5-yard average. It's a lot closer than one might think, but Griffin gets the edge in the fantasy football world.

While each quarterback might have taken one category, this isn't a straight objective analysis. Wins on the field will always outrank stats.