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RGIII, Andrew Luck Playing Different Styles and Other AFC South Must-Reads
Posted By Nate Dunlevy On October 23, 2012 @ 7:32 am In Colts News | No Comments
They also stir the numbers.
Today’s article of the day comes from Chase Stuart writing for the New York Times , who once again points out that Luck and Griffin are playing completely different styles of football.
While RGIII dominates the traditional stats, Luck edges him out in metrics like QBR, which try to take a more holistic view of quarterback value. This is a classic example of how statistics don’t lie, but sometimes you have to work hard to find the right stats.
Stuart does an excellent job tracing just how vertical the Indianapolis offense has been and how little help Luck has received from backs and wideouts.
There’s no point in trying to discredit Griffin’s play, which has been beyond superlative, but simply slapping up a passer rating and declaring him the run-away winner in a mythical race would be foolish.
The only relevant question is which quarterback will develop into the better pro in the long run, and there’s plenty of evidence that what Indianapolis is doing with Luck will well-situate him for running a dynamic offense, just as soon as they find other players who can play that style.
Luck’s value has been subtle, but the effects on the field are obvious. No sane analyst would cite “quarterback wins” as a valid metric, but the fact is that the Colts have possibly less raw talent than any team in football, yet stand 3-3 with wins over the Minnesota Vikings  and Green Bay Packers .
There’s little question that were Griffin on the Colts, his numbers would not be nearly as pristine as they are with the Redskins .
Mike Tanier of Sports on Earth  has voices in his head, and they talk about football.
Kerry J. Byrne of Colts Hard Football Facts  has some scary story lines.
Jason Lisk of The Big Lead  recaps Week 7.
Aaron Gordon of The Classical  looks at what happened to QBR.
Stuart this time in Football Perspective  tries to study fatigue.
Bill Barnwell of Grantland  looks back at Week 7.
Houston Texans 
Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports  looks at the Texans’ success.
Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle  breaks down the Texans defense by position.
John McClain of the Houston Chronicle  does the same with the offense.
Indianapolis Colts 
Phil B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star  has a dead-on reality check for Colts’ fans.
Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star  says the Colts are in the playoff hunt.
Zak Keefer and Mark Alesia of the Indianapolis Star  break down Jerraud Powers’ pass break up.
Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star  says the next man up played well for Indy.
Tennessee Titans 
John Glennon of the Tennessean  says Chris Johnson’s improvement is a team thing.
Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean  says Jake Locker is still the man in Tennessee.
Jacksonville Jaguars 
Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union  says Maurice Jones-Drew won’t play against the Packers.
Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union  writes that Justin Blackmon is struggling.
Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union  says the loss of Jones-Drew is just piling on.
Read more Indianapolis Colts  news on BleacherReport.com
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URLs in this post:
 The arguments about who is better: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1375608-is-rg3-ahead-of-andrew-luck-and-other-must-reads-from-the-afc-south
 Andrew Luck: http://bleacherreport.com/andrew-luck
 Chase Stuart writing for the New York Times: http://fifthdown.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/23/luck-vs-griffin-a-statistical-comparison/?smid=tw-nytimes5thdown&seid=auto
 Minnesota Vikings: http://bleacherreport.com/minnesota-vikings
 Green Bay Packers: http://bleacherreport.com/green-bay-packers
 Redskins: http://bleacherreport.com/washington-redskins
 Sports on Earth: http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/39969894
 Colts Hard Football Facts: http://www.coldhardfootballfacts.com/content/nfl-week-7-12-storylines-that-should-frighten-football-fans/18572/
 The Big Lead: http://www.thebiglead.com/index.php/2012/10/22/nfl-post-game-handshakes-week-7-saints-survive-with-a-touch-of-luck-ravens-get-destroyed-and-changes-in-carolina/
 The Classical: http://theclassical.org/articles/what-happened-to-footballs-next-great-stat
 Football Perspective: http://www.footballperspective.com/attempting-to-measure-fatigue-in-the-nfl/
 Grantland: http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/8536374/the-patriots-flawed-other-week-7-news
 Houston Texans: http://bleacherreport.com/houston-texans
 Yahoo! Sports: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nfl--morning-rush--texans-laying-down-the--law--while-taking-upper-hand-in-afc.html
 Houston Chronicle: http://blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans/2012/10/breaking-down-the-texans%E2%80%99-defense-by-position/
 Houston Chronicle: http://blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans/2012/10/breaking-down-the-texans%E2%80%99-offense-by-position/
 Indianapolis Colts: http://bleacherreport.com/indianapolis-colts
 Indianapolis Star: http://blogs.indystar.com/philb/2012/10/22/colts-quickie-reality-checks-on-monday-morning/
 Indianapolis Star: http://www.indystar.com/article/20121022/SPORTS03/210230314/Believe-Colts-playoff-hunt-muddled-AFC?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CIndyStar.com
 Indianapolis Star: http://www.indystar.com/interactive/article/20121022/SPORTS03/121022024/Anatomy-Play-Jerraud-Powers-kills-Browns-final-drive
 Indianapolis Star: http://www.indystar.com/article/20121022/SPORTS03/210230315/Colts-next-men-up-fill-gaps-Sunday-s-win-over-Browns
 Tennessee Titans: http://bleacherreport.com/tennessee-titans
 Tennessean: http://www.tennessean.com/article/20121023/SPORTS01/310230027/Chris-Johnson-s-improvement-team-effort-coach-says?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CSports%20Tennessee%20Titans
 Tennessean: http://www.tennessean.com/article/20121023/SPORTS01/310230028/Titans-say-Locker-s-still-man?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CSports%20Tennessee%20Titans
 Wyatt also reports: http://www.tennessean.com/article/20121022/SPORTS01/121022017/Titans-expected-start-Hasselbeck-against-Colts?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CSports%20Tennessee%20Titans
 Matt Hasselbeck: http://bleacherreport.com/matt-hasselbeck
 Jacksonville Jaguars: http://bleacherreport.com/jacksonville-jaguars
 Florida Times-Union: http://jacksonville.com/sports/football/jaguars/2012-10-22/story/coach-jaguars-rb-maurice-jones-drew-miss-green-bay-game
 Florida Times-Union: http://jacksonville.com/sports/football/jaguars/2012-10-22/story/jaguars-notebook-justin-blackmon-still-struggling
 Florida Times-Union: http://jacksonville.com/opinion/blog/400617/gene-frenette/2012-10-22/losing-jones-drew-just-piling-jaguars
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