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RG3 won NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month award in November.
As we enter the start of December games in the regular season, a brief review of the past three votes for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month is in order.
Washington QB Robert Griffin III has now won the monthly award in September and November, which seems to be a strong indicator of where the voters are leaning. A couple items on Griffin, courtesy of the ESPN broadcast of the Monday Night Football game between the Redskins and Giants.
Griffin is the first rookie in the NFL to throw for eight touchdown passes and no interceptions over a two-game period. Griffin also holds the highest QB passer rating (146.3) of any rookie QB in NFL history over a two-game span, with a minimum of 40 pass attempts.
RG3 didn't have a great passing game against the Giants, but he broke Cam Newton's all-time rushing record for a quarterback, and most importantly, the Redskins won the game.
The only other Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate that won the monthly award was Tampa Bay RB Doug Martin, who did that in October.
The other rookies who have separated from the rest of the pack for OROY award consideration are: Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck, Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson and Washington Redskins RB Alfred Morris. Can any of them overtake Griffin and Martin with only four games left in the season? It is possible, but the pecking order favors Griffin by the voters.
Martin and Morris have both eclipsed 1,000-plus rushing yards already and would have been excellent candidates to win the award if Griffin wasn't having such a huge year.
Looking at the rookie quarterbacks from the NFL draft class of 2012, here are some key categories to see how they are performing, noting that this is being written prior to the Monday Night Football game.
QB passer rating: Griffin is No. 3 in NFL with a 104.6, followed by Wilson (No. 7 at 95.2), Luck (No. 29 at 76.1), Brandon Weeden (No. 30 at 72.3) and Ryan Tannehill (No. 31 at 72.3).
Most touchdown passes: Wilson (19), Luck (17) and Griffin (16).
Most passing yards: Luck (3,590), Weeden (2,820), Tannehill (2,559) and Griffin (2,497).
Yards per passing attempt: Griffin (8.21), Wilson (7.39), Tannehill (7.05).
QBR Rating: Griffin (No. 4 at 72.1), Luck (No. 6 at 71.6) and Wilson (No. 11 at 65.3).
We should also note wins: Luck (8), Wilson (7) Griffin (6), Tannehill (5) and Weeden (4).
The comeback win for Luck was the fifth game-winning drive he engineered in 2012. Luck is the first quarterback that was selected to the No. 1 overall draft pick that has led his team to at least eight wins as a rookie. The biggest downside is Luck's 16 interceptions compared to his 17 touchdown passes.
Since becoming the starting running back two weeks ago, Philadelphia RB Bryce Brown has rushed 43 times for 347 yards, four touchdowns and an average of 8.0 yards per rush. Unfortunately, that also includes three fumbles.
Indianapolis WR T.Y. Hilton caught six passes for 100 yards and has become an important part of the Colts offense.
We also wanted to acknowledge the fine kicking of St. Louis Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein, who leads the NFL with seven field goals of at least 50-plus yards.