- Russell Wilson
- Seattle Seahawks
- Seahawks 24, Patriots 23
- 16-for-27, 293 YD, 3 TD, 0 INT
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- Robert Griffin III
- Washington Redskins
- Redskins 38, Vikings 26
- 17-for-22, 182 YD, 1 TD, 1 INT
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The Pregame Pressure
There was plenty of pressure on Wilson prior to the Seattle Seahawks' matchup with the New England Patriots. The defending AFC champions were 3-2 and coming off of two dominant victories. Behind the play of Tom Brady, the Patriots were rolling with the NFL's top-ranked offense. The Seahawks' rookie quarterback would need to upgrade his production if Seattle was to have a chance at prevailing in this contest.
Robert Griffin III was also facing his fair share of pressure prior to the Washington Redskins' clash with the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. The Vikings were 4-1 heading into the game, powered by a stingy defense that was allowing just 15.8 points per game. If RG3 could lead the Redskins to victory, they would be right back in the thick of the NFC East race. A loss, on the other hand, would have dropped them two games behind the division-leading New York Giants.
The In-Game Performance
Shockingly, Wilson outdueled Brady, completing 59 percent of his passes for 293 yards and three touchdowns while giving up zero interceptions. He also produced 17 timely rushing yards, including one tackle-breaking run in the first half for a first down. Though the Seahawks trailed by 13 points late in the second half, Wilson maintained his poise. He calmly tossed two touchdown passes in the last eight minutes of the game, including a beautiful 46-yard strike to Sidney Rice with less than two minutes left that put Seattle ahead for good. Wilson did lose one fumble in the first half, but otherwise played mistake-free football despite dealing with a persistent rainfall.
Griffin's passing numbers don't jump off the stat sheet, but he was very efficient on Sunday, completing 77 percent of his passes for 182 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He was downright electric as a runner, meanwhile, racking up 138 rushing yards and two touchdowns, including a crucial 76-yard sprint to the end zone late in the fourth quarter. On third downs, RG3 excelled with both his arm and his legs, and the Redskins converted six of 12 chances. He also orchestrated three touchdown drives of 80 plus yards. A first-quarter interception was the lone blemish on an otherwise perfect afternoon for the rookie signal-caller.
The Post-Game Pick
Both of these rookie quarterbacks led their teams to impressive wins, but I'm going to give the nod to Robert Griffin III for putting up the better performance. RG3 was a dominant playmaker on Sunday. He made several pinpoint throws from the pocket, and the Vikings didn't have an answer for his running ability. At the end of the day, Griffin was the most dynamic rushing threat in a game that also featured Minnesota star Adrian Peterson. That's hard to fathom. -- Daniel Jeremiah