Making a Case for Robert Griffin III as the NFL's MVP in His Rookie Season

Jeremy SickelContributor IIINovember 23, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 22:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins reacts during a Thanksgiving Day game against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on November 22, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Forget about whether or not quarterback Robert Griffin III was worthy of the massive haul the Washington Redskins gave the St. Louis Rams for the rights to draft him with the second overall pick in last April's NFL draft.

RGIII has also answered the question of whether he can keep up with Andrew Luck and Doug Martin in this year's Offensive Rookie of the Year race.

However, after his 311-yard, four-touchdown performance in the Redskins' 38-31 road victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving afternoon, Griffin is now elbowing his way into serious MVP candidacy.

Over his last two games—both victories over NFC East rivals, including last week's 31-6 throttling of the Philadelphia Eagles—the dynamic quarterback has completed 34-of-43 passes for 511 yards and eight touchdowns to only one interception.

Griffin is now the only rookie in league history to throw four touchdown passes in consecutive games. On the season, he is completing 67.5 percent of his passes for 16 touchdowns to only four interceptions. RGIII has also added another 642 yards and six touchdowns on the ground.

Though Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning have the numbers and the pedigree to make the MVP race interesting, Griffin is off to an amazing start to his career.

The Redskins (5-6) are currently on the outside looking in of the NFC playoff race, but this team would be vying for the top pick in next year's draft without their rookie signal-caller. His absence would arguably have the biggest impact of any player on any team in the entire league.

While leading your team to the playoffs is an unwritten prerequisite for the MVP award, Griffin and the 'Skins could actually quell that argument by the end of the season.

Washington closes out the 2012 slate with home games against the New York Giants and Baltimore Ravens, road contests with the Cleveland Browns and the Eagles, while finishing at home against the same Cowboys it just handled on Thursday.

The Redskins have an opportunity to control their own destiny in terms of the postseason and could take over first place in the division with a win next week over the Giants—assuming New York continues its November swoon against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

If RGIII continues on his current path, a playoff appearance by Washington could help make the MVP race a landslide.


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