Each week, we’ll take a look at how Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III stack up against the 2011 breakout performance of Cam Newton.
Andrew Luck vs. Cam Newton
In Week 1 against the Chicago Bears, Andrew Luck completed 50% of his passes and threw three interceptions, but still managed to pass for 309 yards. The Bears won, 41-21.
It is only week one and Andrew Luck has all the tools to improve his playmaking ability and keep the Colts in the game. Game highlight below.
The Verdict: Compared to Cam Newton’s debut the offensive line made all the difference. See for yourself.
Week 1 Passing Yards: Andrew Luck passed for over 300+ yards becoming the third rookie to do so since 1960. Cam Newton and RG3 are number one and two on the rookie week 1 passing yards leaders list.
Robert Griffin III vs. Cam Newton
RG3 historic debut against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints was exciting to watch and reminiscent of the excitement surrounding Cam Newton’s debut under center last year. In the 40-32 defeat of the Saints, Robert Griffin III led the Redskins offensive with 320 passing yards.
The Verdict: Cam Newton beats RG3 in three out the four offensive categories above, but the Redskins QB entered the record books- throwing for over 300 yards and two touchdowns without one interception.
Looking at Passer Rating: Robert Griffin III finished the game with a Passer Rating of 139.9 – the second highest in a Week 1 NFL debut. In comparison, Cam Newton’s 110.4 passer rating in his 2011 debut against Arizona Cardinals places him fourth on the list. (Fran Tarkenton tops the list with a passer rating of 148.6 in the 1961 season).
Next week RG3 and the Washington Redskins visit the St. Louis Rams and the Indianapolis Colts and Luck meet the Minnesota Vikings at home.