Updated NFL Rookie of the Year Rankings Heading into Week 13
We've made it 12 weeks into the 2012 NFL season, and as the playoff picture begins to come into focus, we're also starting to get an idea as to how the races for the individual awards are shaping up.
You know, like whether Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos will win one or six.
Among those awards is the race for Offensive Rookie of the Year, and here's a look at how that race is shaping up as we enter lucky Week 13.
5. Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
2012 Stats: 178-of-280, 2,051 yards, 17 touchdowns, 8 interceptions, 227 rushing yards
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has improved steadily as the season has progressed and has his team in playoff contention, but there are just too many players with bigger numbers ahead of Wilson at this point in the race.
4. Trent Richardson, RB, Cleveland Browns
2012 Stats: 209 carries, 755 yards, 6 touchdowns, 41 receptions, 316 yards, 1 touchdown
Running back Trent Richardson has given fans of the Cleveland Browns optimism for the future, but between the injuries that have hampered him this year and the players in front of him, Richardson's odds of bringing home the hardware aren't good.
3. Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2012 Stats: 218 carries, 1,050 yards, 9 touchdowns, 29 receptions, 332 yards, 1 touchdown
The "muscle hamster" has shattered expectations in already racking up over 1,000 yards on the ground and double-digit touchdowns as a rookie, but the sad fact is that in the National Football League, awards are all about...
2. Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts
2012 Stats: 255 of 449, 3,205 yards, 13 touchdowns, 13 interceptions, 183 rushing yards, five touchdowns
...the quarterback position.
Were this any other season Andrew Luck's 3,200 passing yards, five rushing scores, and the resurgent Indianapolis Colts would be enough to propel him to the head of the class in the rookie of the year voting.
Unfortunately for him, this isn't any other year.
1. Robert Griffin, QB, Washington Redskins
2012 Stats: 206-of-305, 2,504 yards, 16 touchdowns, 4 interceptions, 642 rushing yards, 6 touchdowns
That clear spot on Andrew Luck's mantle is going to be all Robert Griffin's fault.
Everything you need to know about why Griffin is the OROY (besides his gaudy 104.6 passer rating, which is fourth-best in the NFL) can be summed up in his last two games.
511 passing yards, 8 touchdowns, 1 interception, 113 rushing yards.