The NFL's Rookie of the Year race has come down to three standout QBs: Russell Wilson, Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck. All three have all had phenomenal rookie campaigns and are now vying against one another to bring home the hardware.
The Washington Redskins will meet the Seattle Seahawks in a head-to-head clash between ROY hopefuls Griffin and Wilson. Whoever leads his team to victory will likely be the rookie of the year.
Griffin has been the flashier of the two from the beginning, but Wilson has come on strong and done some things quietly along the way.
He has also proven to be the key for his team’s success. There were times when Seattle’s offense was an afterthought this season and the defense carried the slack.
Wilson stepped up and changed that reality for the Seahawks. His game-winning throw to beat the New England Patriots in Week 6 is evidence of that.
Trailing 23-10 in the fourth quarter, Wilson led Seattle back by throwing consecutive TD passes. The go-ahead score was a beautifully thrown 46-yard bullet to Sidney Rice.
That paradigm shift may not have made a big enough impact to swing voters in Wilson’s direction, though.
A playoff win over the Redskins and Griffin in Washington could do just that. It will put the exclamation point on a terrific rookie season that nobody saw coming.
Head-to-head, there is an excellent case for all three of these possible winners. All three certainly have their strong points and are sure to be mainstays in the NFL for years to come.
Unfortunately, there can be only one ROY. After the Seahawks leave Washington with a playoff win, that race will all but be narrowed down to one.
Sure, Andrew Luck could still swoop in and steal votes from Wilson regardless of what happens in Washington. An incredible showing and win over the Baltimore Ravens could propel Luck ahead of Wilson.
But which Luck is going to show up in Baltimore? The Ravens have been much better at home than on the road this season and could be turning things around at the right time.
Which is more likely, though?
Wilson and the Seahawks are red-hot and are in a great position to reach the next level and beyond.
Seattle, led by Wilson, is one of the most complete teams in the playoffs thanks to the emergence of its rookie QB.
Luck and Griffin have each been vital to their teams qualifying for the postseason but won’t stack up after Wilson’s performance against the Redskins.
Seattle is winless in its last eight road playoff games. That was until a caliber of QB like Wilson came along.
Like Griffin, he is the next generation of QB. His vision, intelligence and ability to extend plays make him the perfect package behind center.
That’s the kicker: Wilson is a winner and will continue those winning ways by advancing his team in the playoffs. Seattle and Wilson aren’t just going to win, though.
They’re going to make a statement in Washington—a statement that puts Wilson atop the ROY discussions and the Seahawks in the crosshairs of the league as the divisional round of the playoffs approaches.