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RG3 is already winning hardware in his rookie campaign.
For the past month, the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award seems to have boiled down to four major contenders: Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, Alfred Morris and Doug Martin.
As the gap between Griffin and Luck had seemingly narrowed in the past month, RG3 came up with a huge statement game on Thanksgiving, completing 20 passes for 311 yards and four touchdowns. His QB passer rating was 132.6, which followed up his perfect rating of 158.3 from Week 11.
The only downside for Griffin was four sacks and one interception, but that was a big performance on a nationally televised game. In addition, he was playing in front of family and friends, so that made the game a little more challenging as well.
Griffin is now the No. 4-ranked quarterback in the NFL with a passer rating of 104.6, just trailing Peyton Manning with a 104.8. With the year that Manning has going, that tells you how great Griffin has been. It is safe to say that he once again is in the lead for the rookie award.
Luck led the Colts to another win, and at 7-4, Indianapolis has a realistic shot at the playoffs. If Luck can pull that off, it will no doubt steer some OROY votes his way.
Even though the Colts won, it wasn't Luck's greatest performance. He completed just 20-of-37 passes and had one interception to go with his one touchdown pass. He also was sacked four times.
Luck has now passed for over 3,000 yards as a rookie. The only other Colts quarterback that accomplished the feat was Peyton Manning.
Morris rushed for 113 yards on 24 carries and is now just 18 yards shy of reaching 1,000 yards in his rookie season. Morris' ability to move the pile and gain positive yards has taken a degree of pressure off of Griffin.
Martin didn't have a very good day for average (21 rushes for 50 yards), but he did score two rushing touchdowns. Martin now has 1,050 yards for the year and is the No. 4 running back in the NFL. Morris is right behind him at No. 5.
Other noteworthy rookie performances from Week 12 included two touchdowns from T.Y. Hilton. Hilton scored on a key punt return and on a touchdown reception. He becomes the first player in the history of the franchise to have scored on a punt return and a touchdown reception in the same game.
Another rookie making his mark in Week 12 was Bryce Brown. Brown was starting for LeSean McCoy, who was out with a concussion. In the Monday Night Football game, Brown ripped off a big 75-yard touchdown run.
Brown wound up gaining 178 yards on 19 rushes for an average of 9.4 yards per rush. The good news was he scored two touchdowns. The bad news was that he lost two fumbles. And so it goes for the Eagles this year.