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Robert Griffin III breaks Cam Newton's rookie rushing record in Week 13

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Cam Newton had a heck of a rookie season in 2011, putting up multi-faceted numbers that ultimately culminated in the most rushing yards in a single season by a rookie, with 706. Robert Griffin III broke that record on Monday night ... in Week 13.

Griffin broke the record when, with 45 seconds left in the third quarter, he went around the left end of the line for seven yards to the 50-yard line, giving him 707 rushing yards for the year.

The Redskins quarterback's actually fallen off pace a little bit. If he ends the Giants game with 707, he'll be on pace for 942.67 yards on the year.

As we noted back after Week 6, he was on pace then for a 3,500 passing/1,000 rushing yard season, something no one's ever done in the history of the NFL.

That's not an insult, of course, and there's no guarantee it holds up. The beauty of Griffin is he's one busted coverage from finding some open field and getting his gazelle on. Betting on RG3 finding a way to pick up another 60 yards in the final few weeks is safer than betting against him.

And in other Redskins record-breaking news, Washington is now the first team in NFL history with a rookie quarterback to pass for 2,000 or more yards and a rookie running back to run for 1,000 or more yards, as Alfred Morris became the second Redskin to rush for 1,000 yards in a season as a rookie on Monday night.

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