For the first time in history five rookie quarterbacks started in Week 1 of the NFL season, but only one came away with a victory and a number one ranking.
1. Robert Griffin III
RGIII stole the show as the Washington Redskins defeated theNew Orleans Saints 40-32. Looking like anything but a rookie, Griffin only scrambled when needed and picked apart the Saints defense with short precise passes. When he needed to he went deep, as he found Pierre Garcon for an 88-yard touchdown. According to ESPN, the pass ties the second-longest scoring pass by a quarterback making his NFL début. Griffin finished 19 of 26 with no interceptions and a passer rating of 139.9. He also scrambled for 42 yards.
“Robert did an unbelievable job to play the way that he did in his first game in the National Football League,” said Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, marveling at “the poise that he played with and some of the throws that he made.”
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only three players in NFL history have thrown for more yards in an NFL début than the Redskins’ Robert Griffin III did against the Saints on Sunday.
2. Andrew Luck
Luck may have been the first draft pick in 2012, but he comes in second this week.
Finishing 23 of 45 for 309 yards he did throw his first NFL touchdown, a 4-yard pass to Donnie Avery in the fourth quarter.
While there were some bright spots, he also lost a fumble, was sacked three times and threw three interceptions.
Luck has huge shoes to fill in Indianapolis and the success of Peyton Manning in Week 1 only serve as a reminder.
3. Russell Wilson
Everyone needs to slow down a bit with the expectations of Russell Wilson and let him settle into the NFL before naming him the MVP. The Seahawks lost a close on to the Arizona Cardinals, but Wilson acted like a pro. ”I felt great about the opportunities we had,” Wilson said. “We put ourselves in a good position. We just fell short. That is going to happen a few times.” – ESPN
Wilson did manage to throw his first touchdown as well, a 10-yard pass to Sidney Rice in the third quarter left the Seahawks down by three.
“I thought Russell battled,” Carroll said. “They pressured a lot and made it tough on us but he hung in there, came back, and did a very nice job getting us back into the game in the second half.”
Wilson finished completing 18 of 34 passes for 153 yards and only 20 rushing yards. He was also intercepted once.
4. Ryan Tannehill
Things start to go downhill here for the rookie quarterbacks as Ryan Tannehill of the Miami Dolphins finished the game with only a rating of 39. A repeat performance like this may cause to many questioning Tannehill and the Dolphins decision to draft him at number eight.
Tannehill completed 20 of 36 passes for 219 yards, but threw three costly interceptions which gave theHouston Texans the confidence they needed.
He was unable to account for a touchdown and even worse, all three of his interceptions were on throws five or fewer yards.
5. Brandon Weeden
Cleveland…you may have a problem. The Browns fall to 1-13 in season openers since 1999 and Brandon Weeden’s inability to throw the football is the main problem. The Browns rookie threw four interceptions including the game clincher for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Unable to throw a touchdown, he finished the game with a 5.1 rating and only averaged an embarrassing 3.4 yard average. Yes, throwing the ball!
Weeden was 0-9 with three interceptions on throws of more than 10 yards down the field.
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