The Redskins were victorious over the New York Giants by the score of 17-16, which moved them to 6-6 and only one game behind the Giants in the NFC East with four games left to go this season. For Washington the odds are strongly in their favor, as they currently possess the best record against their fellow NFC East opponents at 3-1 with two games left against the other two NFC East opponents.
But RG3 made even more history as he passed Cam Newton for the all time rushing mark for a rookie quarterback at 707 yards. After a 72-yard rushing performance against the Giants, RG3 now has 714 yards rushing this season with four games left to go.
This looks to be Griffin only scratching the surface of what he's capable of in his career, but also poses the question of what other records could he wind up breaking, not only this season, but also in his career. Let's take a look at some other records that Griffin will put under assault.
Ben Roethlisberger's 2004 rookie campaign seems to get overlooked.
Roethlisberger wound up winning his first 13 regular season games for Pittsburgh, leading them to a 15-1 record in 2004. His first loss as an NFL starter actually came in that year's AFC Championship Game, but along the way Roethlisberger wound up setting the NFL rookie record for the highest passer rating at 98.1.
Barring a colossal collapse by RG3, this record will belong to him at the end of the season. As it stands, Griffin has a quarterback rating of 104.4 on the season, thanks in large part to his huge touchdown-to-interception ratio of roughly four-to-one. (He has 17 touchdowns and only four interceptions.)
As far as the rookie record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback goes, Cam Newton's 14 from last season seems pretty safe from the clutches of Robert Griffin III.
However, Steve Young's 43 career rushing touchdowns might not be such a safe bet. With Griffin's style of play, this is a record that could break within the next five years.
Griffin has six rushing touchdowns so far this season. Assuming he gets one in each of the next four games (a good possibility), he will finish the season with 10. If he averages 10 rushing touchdowns a season for the next five years (again, a great possibility due to the Redskins' playbook and Griffin's style of play), Griffin will have 50 rushing touchdowns in five years, a good seven ahead of Steve Young all-time.
If there's anyone who would use RG3 in this way, it is his current coach Mike Shanahan, who also coached Steve Young in the mid-'90s as an offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers, and also coached John Elway with the Broncos. (Elway has 33 rushing touchdowns all-time.)
This record will likely take some work, as right now Robert Griffin III is only averaging 6.4 yards per carry on the ground.
However, it's still a record that likely won't belong to Michael Vick for much longer. Also keep in mind that Vick's average could still drop (assuming he comes back to play for any team in 2013), while Griffin's average could continue to move up this season.
Especially if he breaks this record currently held by Vick.
How much would you be willing to bet that Robert Griffin III can rush for 325 yards in the next four games?
In order to do that, Griffin would have to average 81.3 yards per game. It's not an impossible goal, yet so far this season he has only averaged 59.5 yards per game.
In fairness, that includes the game against Atlanta that he left early with a concussion and only had seven yards on one attempt. Taking that game out of the equation, his average is 64.3 yards per game, still well off of what he'd have to average to reach 325.
Why is that number so important? Because RG3 needs to gain 325 yards in order to tie Michael Vick for the most rushing yards by a quarterback in a single season.
Considering that Griffin already has had games of 138 yards rushing, 89 yards rushing and gained another 72 yards on the ground on Monday night, this is a doable goal this season.
However, if he doesn't set it this season, there's still a good chance that this record could fall by the wayside in the coming seasons of his young career.
This isn't so much a record, but rather an amazing accomplishment that to this day has still never been done before in NFL history.
I'm talking about a season where the quarterback passes for 3,000 yards and runs for 1,000 yards in the same season.
Michael Vick does have a 1,000-yard rushing season and a 3,000-yard passing season, but those two seasons came four years apart from one another. It's a feat that no other running quarterback has accomplished.
Robert Griffin III will likely be the first to do it.
It's still a possibility this season. He will need 286 yards rushing and 340 yards passing in order to reach those benchmarks. I expect him to reach 3,000 yards in the air since he is averaging 221.6 yards per game. As for gaining yards on the ground, he will have to average 71.5 yards per game to hit 1,000 yards this season, which is a bit off of his average of 59.5 yards per game.
However, it's still an achievement that is within reach, as well as the rest of the records mentioned in this slideshow. With Robert Griffin III, we're watching one of the best seasons from a quarterback in recent memory, one that even makes him a dark horse MVP candidate if Washington could continue on their winning ways to reach the postseason.