(Gerald Herbert/Associated Press)
RG3’s opening day performance should not be taken lying down…
After all the Heisman Trophy and preseason hype the time had come for Robert Griffin III to strap it on in the games that will finally count.
He did not disappoint.
Griffin was 19 for 26 for 320 yards and two touchdowns as the Washington Redskins shocked the New Orleans Saints 40-32 in front of a charged Superdome crowd.
The debut of Robert Griffin III was one for the books.
Griffin became the first rookie to pass for pass for 300+ yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in his debut. He also set an NFL record for passing yards by a winning rookie in his NFL debut. His 320 yards passing are second to Cam Newton’s 422 yards for an NFL rookie. Griffin started the game connecting on his first eight completions. On his seventh completion he hooked up with free agent acquisition Pierre Garcon on an 88-yard pass play. Another rookie record.
Griffin’s performance earned him the respect of his counterpart Drew Bress. In speaking to the Associated Press, cradling his game ball Griffin talked about what Brees shared with him after the game:
“You can win a high school state championship and a bowl game in college, but to play in the NFL, the pinnacle of it all, and win your first game against a Hall of Famer in Drew Brees, it’s at the top.” “After the game, (Brees) told me he was proud of me. That’s big for him to say after he just lost the game.”
Here’s a recap of yesterday’s games:
Texans 30 – Dolphins 10 – Matt Schaub is rewarded with a four-year extension. Texans D created three turnovers on three consecutive Dolphins possessions.
Patriots 34 – Titans 13 – Tom Brady was bloodied (nose) but it didn’t stop him from doing his thing. Jake Locker (shoulder) says he’ll play Sunday.
Lions 27 – Rams 23 – Character win for the Lions who trailed a confident Rams squad. Rematch of Handshake Gate next Sunday night against the Niners.
Redskins 40 – Saints 32 – The NFC East will have their hands full with the Redskins this season.
Eagles 17 – Browns 16 – Reid dropped Michael Vick back 56 times with questionable pass blocking and an all-pro running back who had only 12 rushes. Some things will never change. Thank goodness for a great defensive effort.
Falcons 40 – Chiefs 24 – Matt Ryan may have played his best game as a pro yesterday.
NY Jets 48 – Bills 28 – The Jets offense scored six touchdowns yesterday compared to one in the entire preseason. Maybe we better believe in Rex.
Vikings 26 – Jaguars 23 – Adrian Peterson says that he’s ready to carry a full load after scoring two touchdowns yesterday.
Bears 41 – Colts 21 – Andrew Luck’s 300 yard passing day was marred by 4 turnovers in a loss.
Cardinals 20 – Seahawks 16 - Kevin Kolb replaced an injured John Skelton and threw a late touchdown pass to seal the win…for his team.
Bucs 16 – Panthers 10 – This game was delayed by weather. Newton and the Panthers rally came too late.
Niners 30 – Packers 22 – This Niners defense is nasty!
Broncos 31 – Steelers 19 – The Peyton Manning Era got off to a nice start. A late touchdown sealed it for the Broncos.
Tonight: Bengals at Ravens – (7:00 pm) and Chargers at Raiders – (10:15 pm)
Clint Eastwood talks about RNC empty chair speech (BBC).
Serena Williams continues to roll, wins US Open (The Grio).
Andray Blatche move to the Nets has been delayed (NBA Daily Post).
Chris Bosh looking to add weight as he prepares to play center (NBA Daily Post).
The NHL has one week left to get it together (SI.com).
Greg Jennings says the fellas are more grabby during the “Lambeau Leap” (Larry Brown Sports).
They aren’t done with Drew Peterson (CBS).
Vaughn Anthony brother of John Legend releases first album (PR LOG).
As if Chicago needed any more problems (In Flex We Trust).
Salute to all the rookies who realized their dreams yesterday…