RGIII, Andrew Luck Playing Different Styles and Other AFC South Must-Reads

Nate Dunlevy@NateDunlevyGuest ColumnistOctober 23, 2012

Luck's legs add to his value.
Luck's legs add to his value.Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The arguments about who is better between Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III stir passion.

They also stir the numbers.

Today's article of the day comes from Chase Stuart writing for the New York Times, who once again points out that Luck and Griffin are playing completely different styles of football.

While RGIII dominates the traditional stats, Luck edges him out in metrics like QBR, which try to take a more holistic view of quarterback value. This is a classic example of how statistics don't lie, but sometimes you have to work hard to find the right stats.

Stuart does an excellent job tracing just how vertical the Indianapolis offense has been and how little help Luck has received from backs and wideouts.

There's no point in trying to discredit Griffin's play, which has been beyond superlative, but simply slapping up a passer rating and declaring him the run-away winner in a mythical race would be foolish.

The only relevant question is which quarterback will develop into the better pro in the long run, and there's plenty of evidence that what Indianapolis is doing with Luck will well-situate him for running a dynamic offense, just as soon as they find other players who can play that style.

Luck's value has been subtle, but the effects on the field are obvious. No sane analyst would cite "quarterback wins" as a valid metric, but the fact is that the Colts have possibly less raw talent than any team in football, yet stand 3-3 with wins over the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers.

There's little question that were Griffin on the Colts, his numbers would not be nearly as pristine as they are with the Redskins.

General Interest

Mike Tanier of Sports on Earth has voices in his head, and they talk about football.

Kerry J. Byrne of Colts Hard Football Facts has some scary story lines.

Jason Lisk of The Big Lead recaps Week 7.

Aaron Gordon of The Classical looks at what happened to QBR.

Stuart this time in Football Perspective tries to study fatigue.

Bill Barnwell of Grantland looks back at Week 7.

Houston Texans

Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports looks at the Texans' success.

Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle breaks down the Texans defense by position.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle does the same with the offense.

Indianapolis Colts

Phil B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star has a dead-on reality check for Colts' fans.

Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star says the Colts are in the playoff hunt.

Zak Keefer and Mark Alesia of the Indianapolis Star break down Jerraud Powers' pass break up.

Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star says the next man up played well for Indy.

Tennessee Titans

John Glennon of the Tennessean says Chris Johnson's improvement is a team thing.

Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean says Jake Locker is still the man in Tennessee.

However, Wyatt also reports that Matt Hasselbeck will start against Indianapolis.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union says Maurice Jones-Drew won't play against the Packers.

Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union writes that Justin Blackmon is struggling.

Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union says the loss of Jones-Drew is just piling on.


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