Will Playoff Win Get Russell Wilson Rookie of the Year Award?
This week’s wildcard matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and the Washington Redskins featured two of the favorites to win the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year Award. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III both led their teams to the postseason as if they were savvy veterans.
Unfortunately, only one emerged victorious in the postseason battle. Wilson’s Seahawks ended the season of Griffin’s Redskins by the score of 24-14.
Seattle’s victory marked the first postseason road win for the Seahawks since the 1983 season. Coming back from a 14-point deficit also marked their biggest comeback of the season, as well as the biggest comeback in the team’s playoff history.
Though Wilson’s numbers weren’t eye-popping, he did outplay his rookie counterpart by passing for 187 yards and one touchdown, and rushing for an additional 67 yards. Wilson’s poise also played a part in the Seahawks scoring 24 unanswered points.
At the beginning of the season, the race for Offensive Rookie of the Year seemed to be a two-man race with Griffin and Indianapolis Colts rookie quarterback Andrew Luck. It wasn’t until the month of December where Wilson started to get major consideration for ROY. That’s when Seattle started their five-game winning streak, and finally found a way to win on the road after a 1-5 road record in the first three months of the season.
This postseason victory definitely has elevated the status of Wilson even more, but I don’t think that it will be enough for him to win ROY. If you ask me, I think that RG3 is still the favorite to win the award, despite being one-and-done in the playoffs.
Both Griffin and Wilson are in the top five in the league with quarterback ratings of 102.4 and 100.0 respectively, and their passing yards on the season are nearly identical. What puts RG3 ahead of Wilson is interceptions and rushing yards.
Griffin’s five interceptions are the fewest among quarterbacks that started the majority of the season. The Heisman Trophy winner’s 815 rushing yards were 20th in the NFL (better than some starting running backs) and seven rushing touchdowns made RG3 arguably the most versatile player in the league this year.
This postseason was filled with great rookie talent. Wilson, Luck, and even Redskins rookie running back Alfred Morris all can make a great argument for winning ROY. However, I feel that Griffin’s play throughout the season showed that he is the best not only among his fellow rookies, but among the rest of the NFL as well.
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