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Rookie Meter: The road has not been kind to Luck, Wilson

Posted Nov. 20, 2012 @ 5:52 p.m. ET
By Kevin Fishbain

The Seahawks and Colts might want to find a way to make their rookie quarterbacks feel more at home when on the road.

Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck have been very steady in their home stadiums — Wilson has been sensational — but it’s a whole new quarterback when each travels.

It’s hard for any quarterback to play well in Gillette Stadium against Bill Belichick and the Patriots, but Andrew Luck had a nightmare day, turning the ball over four times with three interceptions and one lost fumble. Two of his picks were returned for touchdowns. Luck has 10 interceptions on the road, and only two in Indianapolis.

Wilson embodies his team. The Seahawks historically have been a much better team at home than on the road, and he is one of the best signalcallers in the game looking simply at his home statistics.

After playing major college football, though, harsh environments shouldn’t be new for these quarterbacks. Luck had to play in Autzen Stadium, Wilson had to play in The Big House.

Their rookie counterpart, Robert Griffin III, has not been fazed when playing away from FedEx Field, having pretty comparable numbers on the road. Browns QB Brandon Weeden actually has been better on the road, and Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill has been slightly better in South Florida.

Here’s a breakdown of the five rookie quarterbacks and their home and away splits:

Rookie QBs

Home

Road

Robert Griffin III

68.0%, 6 TDs, 1 INT, 101.7 QB rating and a record of 2-3.

66.4%, 6 TDs, 2 INTs, 100.3 QB rating and a record of 2-3.

Andrew Luck

56.9%, 8 TDs, 2 INTs, 88.6 QB rating and a record of 4-1.

57.1%, 4 TDs, 10 INTs, 65.4 QB rating and a record of 2-3.

Ryan Tannehill

58.2%, 3 TDs, 4 INTs, 70.4 QB rating and a record of 2-2.

58.0%, 3 TDs, 7 INTs, 71.1 QB rating and a record of 2-4.

Brandon Weeden

50.9%, 3 TDs, 9 INTs, 50.1 QB rating and a record of 2-3.

59.0%, 8 TDs, 3 INTs, 87.6 QB rating and a record of 0-5.

Russell Wilson

62.2%, 11 TDs, 0 INTs, 122.0 QB rating and a record of 5-0.

62.0%, 4 TDs, 8 INTs, 65.8 QB rating and a record of 1-4.

Griffin’s big day against the Eagles put him back into the lead for Offensive Rookie of the Year honors. Luck and Wilson will need to show consistency down the stretch and can’t afford turnover-filled games on the road.

1. Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (first round, second overall)
Last week’s ranking: 3

In a blowout win over the Eagles, RG3 completed 14-of-15 passes for 200 yards and four touchdowns, good for a perfect passer rating of 158.3. He also had 12 carries for 84 yards.

2. Colts QB Andrew Luck (1, 1)
Last week’s ranking: 1

Luck completed 27-of-50 passes for 334 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. He also lost a fumble in the Colts’ loss to the Patriots.

3. Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (1, 31)
Last week’s ranking: 2

Martin rushed for 138 yards on 24 carries (5.8-yard average) and had four catches for 23 yards in the Bucs’ win over the Panthers. Martin has reached 1,000 yards rushing, which is good for third in the league.

4. Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (3, 75)
Last week’s ranking: 4                

Wilson and the Seahawks were on bye in Week 11. He takes on the Dolphins in Miami in Week 12.

5. Buccaneers LB Lavonte David (2, 58)
Last week’s ranking: 6

David had nine tackles, including his rookie-high 13th tackle for loss in Tampa’s win over the Panthers.

6. Packers CB Casey Hayward (2, 62)
Last week’s ranking: NR

Hayward had four tackles, one interception and five passes defensed in Green Bay’s win over the Lions. Hayward is tied for second in the league with five interceptions and leads all rookies with 14 passes defensed.

7. Panthers LB Luke Kuechly (1, 9)
Last week’s ranking: 9

Kuechly notched 10 tackles and a fumble recovery in Carolina’s loss to the Buccaneers. He is third in the NFL and first among rookies with 97 tackles.

8. Redskins RB Alfred Morris (6, 173)
Last week’s ranking: 5

Morris carried the ball 20 times for 76 yards and had a seven-yard catch in Washington’s win over the Eagles. He is 131 yards away from reaching the 1,000-yard plateau this season.

9. Browns RB Trent Richardson (1, 3)
Last week’s ranking: 7

Richardson had 28 carries for 95 yards and led the Browns with six receptions, which went for 49 yards on eight targets, in their loss to the Cowboys.

10. Patriots DE Chandler Jones (1, 21)
Last week’s ranking: 8

Jones left Sunday’s win over the Colts with an ankle injury and his status for Thursday night’s game against the Jets is in doubt. He is second among rookies with six sacks.

On the cusp (listed alphabetically)

Buccaneers SS Mark Barron (1, 7)
Titans LB Zach Brown (2, 52)
Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict (undrafted)
Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (3, 92)
Seahawks DE Bruce Irvin (1, 15)
Vikings S Harrison Smith (1, 29)
Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (1, 8)
Seahawks MLB Bobby Wagner (2, 47)
Browns QB Brandon Weeden (1, 22) 
Titans WR Kendall Wright (1, 20)

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