Russell Wilson, Kirk Cousins, Ryan Tannehill Lead Rookie Quarterback Class in Week 15

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Dec 16, 2012



by Patrick Imig (@patrickimig)
Cold Hard Football Facts' 2010 Rookie of the Year


In Week 15, Seahawks rookie phenom Russell Wilson was an efficient, scoring machine in Canada while Kirk Cousins helped the Redskins leap into first place gridlock of the NFL's Glamour Division. 

Here's how all the rookie's fared in Week 15.

RUSSELL WILSON - The third round pick out of Wisconsin rushed for three touchdowns on nine carries for 92 yards. He was efficient throwing the ball, completing 14/23 for 205 yards and one touchdown (7.8 YPA). Wilson is leading a Seahawks team that is "pumped and jacked" in prime position to spoil the NFC West for Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers. 

KIRK COUSINS - Redskins fans who wondered why the team drafted Cousins with the 102nd overall pick in the 2012 Draft have received their answer yet again. One week after leading the Redskins to an overtime victory against the Ravens, Cousins was kid-dynamite against the Browns in Cleveland. 

Cousins completed 26/37 for 329 yards, two touchdowns and one interception (7.9 YPA). The Redskins are tied atop the NFC East with the Cowboys and Giants at 8-6.

ANDREW LUCK - Luck and the Colts fell to an angry Texans squad 29-17 in Houston. For his part, Luck played turnover-free football and threw for two touchdowns on 13/27 passing for 186 yards (5.8 YPA). He was also sacked five times by a ferocious Texans pass rush. 

RYAN TANNEHILL - Tannehill was super efficient in the Dolphins 24-3 victory over the hapless Jaguars. He completed 22/28 passes for 220 yards with two touchdowns, zero interceptions and a 123.8 passer rating. He also rushed eight times for 52 yards. 

When all the regular season smoke clears in 2012, Tannehill will be the quiet, forgotten rookie out of the Big Three ... but that won't change the fact that he has the hottest wife in the rookie class.

BRANDON WEEDEN - Weeden was unspectacular in the Browns loss at home to the Redskins. He completed 21/35 for 244 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He finished with a 66.8 passer rating.

RYAN LINDLEY - One week after being demoted in favor of John Skelton, Lindley was starting in Arizona against the Lions. He completed 14/21 for a measly 104 yards with zero touchdowns, one interception and an anemic 4.7 YPA. Fortunately for Lindley, the Arizona defense scored two touchdowns off Matthew Stafford passes and Beanie Wells scored three on the ground to snap Arizona's nine game losing streak. 

NICK FOLES - After shredding the Tampa Bay Bucs for two touchdowns and 381 yards passing in Week 14, Foles struggled Thursday night against the Bengals. He completed less than 50% of his passes (16/33) for 182 yards, one touchdown and one interception. 

LOOKING AHEAD TO WEEK 16
Andrew Luck should fare much better against the pathetic Chiefs, Kirk Cousins/RG3 will battle fellow rookie Nick Foles in a Glamour rivalry and Russell Wilson will show the world his merit on Sunday night against the 49ers in what could swing the pendulum of the NFC West.  

One thing is for sure: this year's rookie QB class is already the greatest ever assembled by the Pigskin Gods.


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