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NFL Week 6: Grading the rookies

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer
Wilson had an outstanding game Sunday. (US Presswire)

Here are some of the best and worst performances by the NFL's rookies in Week 6.

Russell Wilson, Seahawks QB: Although Seattle spent most of the final three quarters struggling to keep up with the Patriots, the Seahawks never were quite out of this game. Especially with Wilson completing 16 of 27 passes for 293 yards and three touchdowns. And after New England went up 23-10 with 9:25 to play, Wilson got nasty, taking the Seahawks on a five-play, 83-yard drive to cut the lead to six. Seattle forced two punts from the Patriots, and soon after, Wilson lofted a beautiful 46-yard touchdown pass to Sidney Rice for the game-winning score. I guess we can forget about Matt Flynn taking over Wilson's job for a while, huh? Grade: A+

Robert Griffin III, Redskins QB: Griffin was efficient in the way he played the game until he needed to win it for his team. He had some success running the ball earlier in the day, employing an extra sense to step out of bounds (for the most part) before the real danger hit. But with Minnesota scoring 14 unanswered points to cut the lead to five, Griffin (17-of-22, 182 yards, one touchdown, one interception ) took it upon himself to run 76 yards down the left sideline for the score that effectively put away Minnesota. Griffin was pretty good for most of the day. He was exquisite in his final act. Grade: A



Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins QB: He didn't target his No. 1 receiver, Brian Hartline -- who didn't record a catch on the day -- very much, the running game was non-existent and the Dolphins offense was outgained 461-209, but Tannehill still managed to lead his team to the win. He completed 21 of 29 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns, and he's put together three good games in a row. Grade: B+

Brandon Weeden, Browns QB: The Browns became the final team to get their first win of the season on Sunday vs. the Bengals, and though Cleveland's defense played a big role in the victory, Weeden certainly made his contribution, completing 17 of 29 passes for 231 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Heck of a day for the Browns organization, knocking off their intrastate rivals. Oh, and it was Weeden's 29th birthday. Grade: B

Andrew Luck, Colts QB: He threw touch passes that were five yards over his receivers' heads, and he simply didn't look good for most of the day. He went 22 for 44 for 280 yards and two interceptions, and it could have been much worse (both of Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie's pick-6s were brought back because of penalties). All around, the Colts looked bad, and unfortunately for the team, Luck led that charge. Grade: C-

Other performances of note:

Josh Gordon, Browns WR: In beating the Bengals, Gordon caught a gorgeous 71-yard touchdown pass from Weeden. It was the third-straight reception for Gordon resulting in a touchdown (the other two were a 62-yarder and a 20-yarder).

Greg Zuerlein, Rams K: After starting his career by making 13-straight field goals, Zuerlein missed three-straight tries Sunday, including a last-second 66-yard attempt that would have tied the game. The scary part: he had the distance covered, but he was wide left with the kick.

Morris Claiborne, Cowboys CB: After getting smoked by Ravens receiver Torrey Smith for a touchdown catch, Claiborne left the game with a knee injury. Luckily for Dallas, he returned in the fourth quarter.

Trent Richardson, Browns RB: He didn't contribute much to the win, rushing 14 times for 37 yards, and he had to leave the game with a “flank” injury -- which means he had swelling of the abdomen. I'm not sure I've ever heard of that before.

Chandler Jones, Patriots DE: After winning the NFL rookie defensive player of the month for September, he gave a strong performance Sunday, accumulating nine total tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble. Jones continues to be quite a specimen.

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