Cam Newton metric Week 3 – comparing Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III

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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.

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Andrew Luck vs. Cam Newton
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Reminiscent of  last week’s comeback against the Minnesota Vikings,  Andrew Luck led the Colts on a 48-yard drive in the 4th quarter to set up what many thought would be a game-winning field goal. Unfortunately the Colts’ defense could not keep the Jaguars from scoring a touchdown in the final minute of the game. Jacksonville takes the win, 22-17.

Cam Comparison: Cam Newton and Andrew Luck (and RG3) are tied when comparing wins and losses, but Newton still leads Luck in total yards after Week 3, 1,012 to 846.

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Robert Griffin III vs. Cam Newton
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The Cincinnati Bengals kept RG3 and the Redskins from connecting on the offensive big plays we’ve seen in weeks 1 and 2, but that did not keep RG3 from a solid quarterback performance. Griffin finished the game with 221 yards, 2 touchdowns (1 rushing) and 0 interceptions in a 31-38 loss at home.

Cam Comparison: RG3 gets the third rushing touchdown of his rookie career, putting him one ahead of Cam Newton after Week 3. Cam Newton finished the 2011 season with 14 rushing touchdowns.

Next week the Washington Redskins face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the road. The Indianapolis Colts are on a bye.

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