Robert Griffin III has thrown 17 touchdown passes and only four interceptions. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Through 12 games, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III continues to rank among the league’s top quarterbacks statistically.

Griffin boasts the third-best passer rating in the league (104.4, behind Aaron Rodgers‘s 105.0 and Peyton Manning‘s 104.6) and sixth in completion percentage (67.1). Griffin also is tied for first among starting quarterbacks with the fewest interceptions (four). The other starting quarterback with only four interceptions through 12 games is New England’s Tom Brady. Griffin has thrown 17 touchdown passes while Brady has thrown 25.

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said Griffin’s poise and accuracy is impressive. The coach said a number of elements factor into the rookie’s success.

“It doesn’t happen very often where a young quarterback or a rookie comes in and has few interceptions as he had,” the coach said. “It is a combination of a lot of things. Number one: He picks things up very quickly. He has the arm strength to make all the throws. When he does see somebody open, he can get the ball there in a hurry. Not everybody can do that. I think it is kind of a feel for the game, too. You have to have a feel.

“One of the reasons he didn’t throw a lot of interceptions in college is because he had a great feel. When you take a look at his touchdown/interception ratio, it is off the charts,” Shanahan said of Griffin, who threw 37 touchdowns and just six interceptions his final season at Baylor. “Most people can’t do that in the NFL but he has been able to do that and hopefully he can continue it. A lot of times you have those bad days…I’ve been with some great quarterbacks who have a four or five interception day and you will have it a couple times early. It is a part of the growth pattern. But, he has been able to handle himself well and stay within the confines of the system and do a great job.”