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Expert Tabs Griffin III As Offensive ROY

Posted by Andrew Walker on August 31, 2012 – 11:36 am

With the start of the regular season so, so close, several NFL analysts are reviewing their notes from the offseason and each team’s four preseason games and predicting which teams and players will be big winners in 2012.

And if you’re going by NFL.com’s 16 listed experts’ predictions, then the Washington Redskins don’t have too much to play for this season.

Out of the 208 possible categories in which the Redskins or their players could’ve been chosen in NFL.com’s official 2012 predictions, just one involves the burgundy and gold:

And that’s NFL.com analyst and writer Dave Dameshek predicting Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III winning the offensive rookie of the year.

Thirteen other experts predicted Indianapols Colts quarterback Andrew Luck will be the offensive rookie of the year. The two others chose Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, respectively.

Now, it’s not surprising that Luck is getting so much preseason love. He was the No. 1 overall pick in April’s NFL Draft and has displayed good control over the Colts’ offense thus far.

I’m just surprised Griffin III didn’t garner at least a couple more votes in this category. Though it absolutely never guarantees success in the NFL, Griffin III is the reigning Heisman Trophy winner (he beat out Luck in 2011, who also was the runner-up in 2010) and was the No. 2 overall pick in the draft.

The Redskins got no love in the rest of the categories, which include NFC title game appearance, Super Bowl XLVII champions, NFC East winner, NFC wild card teams, most passing, rushing and receiving yards, defensive rookie of the year, coach of the year, NFL Most Valuable Player and offensive and defensive players of the year.

It does appear, however, that the NFL.com experts think the NFC East in general could be pretty successful this season. To save you some time, here’s some highlights from their predictions:

– Seven have an NFC East team in the NFC title game (five for Eagles, two for Giants); two have the Eagles making and winning the Super Bowl.
– Nine predict the Eagles will win the NFC East; six tab the Giants as divisional champs; one gave the nod to the Cowboys.
– Four predict the Giants will be an NFC wild card team; two believe the Cowboys will be in NFC wild card hunt.
– Two believe Eagles running back LeSean McCoy will have the most rushing yards; one predicts Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray will take that title.
– One believes Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz will have the most receiving yards.
– One tabs Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne as the defensive rookie of the year.
– One predicts Eagles head coach Andy Reid will be named Coach of the Year.
– Eagles quarterback Michael Vick and Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo each got one vote for NFL MVP.
– The NFC East dominated the predictions for Defensive Player of the Year: Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul got eight votes, while Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware garnered three votes.

CHIME IN: What are your thoughts on these predictions? Feel free to comment below.

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13 Responses to “Expert Tabs Griffin III As Offensive ROY”

  1. By Hanna, fan for life on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply


  2. By DR_DEATH420 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Hmmm they cut hightower and are trying to trade armstrong to the fins for steve slaton who had 1200 yds & 9 tds for texans before foster became a star. Slaton been a back up the last 3 years interesting …

  3. By jeff on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    robert griffin the turd will be a bust. lets go cousins!!!

  4. By steve on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    jeff is a moron

  5. By Eric Parham on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    I believe that we are going to suprise some people this year.I believe that if we protect RGIII than we are going to give teams a beating.I love our front seven on defense and I love our WR’s.We are young and have talent.HTTR

  6. By Mikito Rodriguez on Sep 2, 2012 | Reply

    Well keep in mind that the 2nd half of our schedule is crazy / difficult. Perhaps thats why most experts think the Redskins wont go far this season. I believe the Redskins will probably start 4 & 1 after 5 weeks but the 2nd half of our schedule looks intense.

    I think that 2 division games in a row should not be allowed. On a positive note, at least its right after a bye week.

    I think Allen & Shannahan are headed in the right direction the past 2 years. The team we have now kind of reminds me of the Broncos that Shannahan won the Super Bowl with.

    I just hope that when RGIII has the opportunity to run he also protects himself, unlike Michael Vick. RGIII does seem to have more smarts in that sense.

    Hail to the Redskins!

  7. By Mikito Rodriguez on Sep 2, 2012 | Reply

    I think we can finish 9-7 & maybe reach the playoffs. Anything less than 8-8 I will not be satisfied with.

  8. By roy on Sep 2, 2012 | Reply

    ask the NFL to stop showing every big play in somebody’s resume being the one’s the Redskins give up and show some good plays by us….the Cowboy Giant Patriot cabal of producers there know exactly what I am saying

  9. By a on Sep 2, 2012 | Reply

    too much is put on this man’s shoulders..you have to look at Cousins…and Grossman..I know they can pull it out of the blue..but it is not just RG3 so let’s let things play out.

  10. By Kevin on Sep 2, 2012 | Reply

    I believe the skins will surprise a whole bunch of anaylists this year….not saying they are superbowl bound but….I believe they will be a force to be reckoned with! Not sure about the Hightower thing….I think that was a little hyasty….and so was the Armstrong deal! I believe that between RGIII and Cousins…with Grossmans experiance…Our offense will get the job done and create some excitement…and some respect! Of course as always….protection will be the key! Watch out for the speed of that little guy Brandon Banks as he educates defenders as to what speed can do for a wide receiver! Him and Garcon will take some pressure off of Santana…look for a big year for Mr Moss! The sad thing on offense is Chris Cooley! I feel our defense will jell and be formiddable if not excellent!

  11. By Kaylynn on Sep 2, 2012 | Reply

    I love the redskins

  12. By mudflap on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    I hope they seasoned their words to their liking.
    RG3 is going to make them all like the idiots they are.

  13. By Antoine cole on Sep 8, 2012 | Reply


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