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
Andrew Luck threw for 280 yards and 2 interceptions in the Colts loss to the New York Jets. The Colts offense was held to three field goals and only converted 3 of 11 on third down. The Jets beat the Colts, 35-9.
Robert Griffin III vs. Cam Newton
Robert Griffin III had a monster performance on the ground and in the air against the Minnesota Vikings. RG3 threw for 182 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception while also leading the team with 138 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. The Redskins defeated the Vikings 38-26.
Held to under 200 passing yards, RG3 was able to make up for it by leveraging his explosive speed to exploit the Vikings D. He averaged 10.6 yards per carry and capped off his rushing performance with a 76-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter.
The Verdict: RG3 has six rushing touchdowns this season, the same as Cam Newton at the end of week six in 2011. Newton finished the 2011 season with 21 rushing touchdowns and the Redskins rookie is on pace to do the same.
Next week the Colts face the Cleveland Browns at home and the Redskins visit the Super Champion New York Giants.
* In Week 6 of the 2011 season, Cam Newton and the Panthers played the Atlanta Falcons on the road.