What a year it's been for rookie quarterbacks. Of course, there's the two highly touted guys, Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck, who have both lived up to their expectations and led their teams to winning records and possibly playoff appearances. Heck, even Griffin's backup, another rookie, had a great showing in a start on Sunday.
But how about Russell Wilson? The fairly unheralded quarterback out of Wisconsin, via NC State, took the job in Seattle from massive free agent signing Matt Flynn and never looked back. On Sunday, he helped his fantasy owners advance in the playoffs.
Wilson had a monster day on Sunday in leading Seattle to its second straight game of scoring 50-plus points as the Seahawks blew out the Buffalo Bills on the road. The undersized quarterback threw for 205 yards and a touchdown with no picks and rushed for three touchdowns on 92 yards rushing. That's great in any league, but many leagues award more points to quarterbacks for rushing TDs, so you've gotta love that.
As for guys who knocked owners out of the playoffs? Look no further than Tampa Bay rookie running back Doug Martin, who has been fantastic this year. But Sunday was a nightmare for Martin, and his team, as they got their doors blown off in a 41-0 loss to New Orleans. Taken out of the gameplan pretty early, Martin carried the ball just nine times for 16 yards and caught three balls for 19 yards. Yikes.