Robert Griffin III continues to rewrite record books

November 23, 2012

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III had another impressive outing Thursday, and continues to rewrite the record books.  

With his 20-for-28, 311-yard, four-touchdown performance in the 38-31 victory over Dallas, Griffin broke Washington’s  single-season team records for passing yards by a rookie and passing touchdowns by a rookie.

(Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Until Thursday, Norm Snead held the single-season yards record (2,337 in 1961) and Eddie LeBaron the touchdown passing mark (14 in 1952).

For the season, Griffin III is now 206 for 305 (67.5 percent) for 2,504 yards with 16 touchdowns.

Griffin became the first player in Redskins history to pass for four touchdowns in consecutive games. He is only the second NFL player this season with four touchdown passes in consecutive weeks.

  Griffin also is the first player in NFL history to have four 60-yard passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown of at least 60 yards (76 yard touchdown run vs. Minnesota) in a season.

 Griffin is the first rookie since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to have multiple games with four or more passing touchdowns in a season.

Griffin’s four passing touchdowns in a Thanksgiving game are also the most by a Redskins quarterback, surpassing the three Thanksgiving touchdowns thrown by Jim Ninowski on Nov. 28, 1968 and Danny Wuerffel on Nov. 28, 2002.

Griffin’s 311 yards are also the most by a Redskins quarterback on Thanksgiving, surpassing Ninowski’s 280.

With five games remaining, Griffin is on pace to throw for 3,642 yards with 23 touchdowns and just six interceptions, and 934 rushing yards.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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