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NFL morning after: Robert Griffin III looks special

Washington Redskins Griffin III is congratulated by New Orleans Saints Brees during their NFL football game in New Orleans Reuters

On an opening NFL Sunday that gave us surprising upsets, exciting comebacks and so much enjoyment that it was hard to remember how we survived without football the last seven months, one man stood above all the rest: Robert Griffin III.

The Redskins’ rookie quarterback was sensational in his first NFL game, a 40-32 win over the Saints. And he was sensational not just because he has a good arm and quick feet, which we already knew, but because he looks like he has the mental part of the quarterback position down. Griffin repeatedly showed that he could read where the Saints’ pass rush was coming from and move in the pocket accordingly, and he showed that he could go through his progressions and find the open receiver in the Saints’ secondary. By the end of the day he had become the first player in NFL history to pass for at least 300 yards and two touchdowns without an interception in his debut.

Griffin is also a pleasure to watch because he seems genuinely grateful to be playing in the NFL. The grin on his face as he walked off the field having been congratulated by Saints quarterback Drew Brees was the smile of a man who’s living his dream and walking among his heroes.

He told me he was proud of me,” Griffin said of his postgame encounter with Brees. “That’s big for him to say after they just lost the game. I respect him for that. That’s definitely No. 1 on my list.”

Griffin was No. 1 on my list of the most impressive players in the NFL on Sunday. Here are my other thoughts on the action around the NFL:

Andrew Luck will have long days like this. While the second overall pick in the draft was outstanding, the first overall pick in the draft was . . . a rookie. Luck threw three interceptions and lost a fumble in a tough loss to the Bears, and he acknowledged after the game that he has to get better. “When you’re responsible for four turnovers, it’s hard to win,” he said. “Three picks and a fumble for me, those are killers.” Luck will get better. But the Colts had the first pick in this year’s draft for a reason, and Luck will have growing pains while playing on a bad Colts team.

Peyton Manning is still Peyton Manning. I don’t know if Manning’s arm strength is 100 percent back to his pre-neck surgery form — Manning seemed like he threw a few wobbly passes — but arm strength has never been Manning’s greatest attribute. What Manning does best is run the offense and read the opposing defense, and he’s as good as ever at that.

The replacement refs are OK. No, the NFL’s replacement officials aren’t perfect. Yes, they seemed to misunderstand the timeout rule at the end of the Cardinals’ win over the Seahawks. But after a preseason in which many NFL observers (myself included) thought the replacement officials looked incompetent, the first Sunday of the regular season was officiated adequately. There were mistakes, but they were the kinds of mistakes we’ve all grown accustomed to with the regular officials: A missed block in the back here, a questionable pass interference call there. The vast majority of the replacement officials seemed capable of handling a game at NFL speed and knowledgeable of the NFL rules. If I were a regular official, I wouldn’t be feeling good about my negotiating position with the league right now. The replacement officials are demonstrating that the regular refs are expendable.

Tom Brady is so good, a great game looks routine. As the Patriots coasted to a 34-13 win over the Titans, Brady calmly and methodically did everything right, completing 23 of 31 passes for 236 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Brady makes winning look easy, perhaps because he has so much experience doing it: Sunday’s game was Brady’s 160th career start, and the Patriots are 125-35 in those games.

The Packers are all alone in last place in the NFC North. After going 15-1 in 2011, the Packers are 0-1 in 2012 following Sunday’s loss to the 49ers. And with the Lions, Bears and Vikings all winning, that leaves the Packers as the NFC North’s bottom dwellers. As long as Aaron Rodgers is healthy the Packers will be able to put points on the board, but Green Bay has to be concerned that its pass defense doesn’t look any better than last year, when it was the weak point of a 15-1 team. The Packers better fix things in a hurry: They host the Bears on Thursday night. A loss to the Bears would drop them to 0-2 at home — and two games behind their NFC North rivals.

The Giants are all alone in last place in the NFC East. After winning the Super Bowl last season, the Giants have started 0-1 this season, with a loss to the Cowboys. After the Eagles and Redskins joined the Cowboys at 1-0 atop the NFC East, the Giants are all alone in the basement.

The Dolphins look terrible. Hard Knocks was a good TV show chronicling a bad team. The Dolphins’ offense couldn’t get anything going and their defense couldn’t stop anyone in their 30-10 loss to the Texans. Ryan Tannehill threw three interceptions and didn’t look ready to be an NFL starter, but he didn’t get much help, either. Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland is reportedly on the hot seat, and he should be if the Dolphins can’t get a whole lot better in a hurry.

Greg Schiano is building a stout defense in Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers’ new coach has promised to instill a tough, physical attitude in his team, and it certainly looked that way in Week One, when the Bucs held the Panthers to a stunningly low total of 10 rushing yards on 13 carries in a 16-10 win. That defense is still led by Ronde Barber, who was already the only player in NFL history with at least 25 sacks and 40 interceptions in his career even before he sacked Cam Newton for career sack No. 28 and intercepted Newton for career interception No. 44 on Sunday. Barber was starting his 200th consecutive game on Sunday, the longest consecutive starts streak for a cornerback in NFL history. The last time Barber didn’t start a game, Griffin was 9 years old.

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91 Responses to “NFL morning after: Robert Griffin III looks special”
  1. voiceofreasonsays says: Sep 10, 2012 7:52 AM

    Who DAT!!! That’s MY TEAM…MY QUARTERBACK. The beginning/birth of a legendary career for a special player named Robert Griffin the 3rd. Who dat say dey gonna beat dem Redskins!!! Hahahaha. We went into the “Scary old Superdome” and dropped 40 on them! They were chanting “RG3″ after our last TD in the stadium where the Saints are “unbeatable”! I told everyone that RGIII was legit in the months leading up to this game and today when the games started counting, he showed all you detractors what was what!!! Alfred Morris…I said the running game would milk the clock and boy did the rookie ball out there! And our defense?! Wow. Valient…we have the best the front seven in the NFC East!!! RedskinNation it is OUR TIME. We suffered through so much embarrassment from the time Gibbs retired in 1993, but we remained loyal despite all the jokes like Shuler, George, Grossman etc…our franchise QB has arrived and the Washington Redskins are about to ascend to the elite level! Haters can’t tell me NOTHING. Hail to the Redskins and the best fan base in the world, RedskinNation!!!

  2. clw1906 says: Sep 10, 2012 7:56 AM

    Hey Peytonsneck18 where’s your RGLeaf silly comments?! HTTR

  3. mobdc202 says: Sep 10, 2012 8:04 AM

    RG3 Leaf! All you idiots that said that are looking real dumb right about… NOW! HTTR!

  4. vysethelegend says: Sep 10, 2012 8:07 AM

    I’m glad for the kid and all, but let’s not forget the Saints ranked 30th in pass defense last year.

  5. bdert says: Sep 10, 2012 8:08 AM

    RG3′s poise was similar to that of a 5 or 6 year vet. Some guys just understand the QB position…I think it’s safe to say th@ he’s one of them.

  6. lightcleric says: Sep 10, 2012 8:11 AM

    He looked great and it was a fun game to watch. It just sucks that the difference ended up being that terrible pass interference when he threw it up on 4th down; it was a great play on his part to try and get that call, but Roman Harper played it great(for once) and there was no interference

  7. notmanning says: Sep 10, 2012 8:17 AM

    Brady makes things look easy because he has an unfair advantage in that he plays for a cheater. Surely BB has not retired those ways. He will always look to gain an advantage, rules and sportsmanship be damned.

    RGIII is a nice player, but, just like Ben, he was put on a team that actually HAS TALENT. The Colts have a ways to go.

    PM looked good, but it is a long season. They have plenty of tough early tests.

  8. eaglesw00t says: Sep 10, 2012 8:17 AM

    24 of 34 for 327 yards and 2 TDs
    19 of 26 for 320 yards and 2 TDs

    Hrm. 2 good stats for a QB. One of those is Griffin.

    The other was Kevin Kolbs first start. Im not saying, Im just saying…

  9. wayne1693 says: Sep 10, 2012 8:19 AM

    In the photo above, it looks like RGIII & Drew Brees are the same height…but isn’t RGIII 6′ or taller? Is Drew wearing high-heels?

  10. hendawg21 says: Sep 10, 2012 8:20 AM

    So chime in all of you who picked the Saints to blow the Skins away, I’m pretty sure the excuses are plentiful…

  11. nesby2 says: Sep 10, 2012 8:27 AM

    Remember all those people that Andrew luck would be better than RGIII??? I wonder where are all of them haters are @ today?? The man won the Heisman over Luck for a reason ppl… NEWSFLASH- RGIII is just a better player than Luck is athletically & as a QB & he showed it yesterday!! We Love It!!!!!

  12. cdaws84 says: Sep 10, 2012 8:28 AM

    Did anyone else notice that it looked like both Sanders and Brown played with concussions in last nights game? To me it looked like Sanders was knocked out for a few seconds…even one of his team mates started jumping up and down looking for the training staff to come out…until he stood up.

  13. sd1024 says: Sep 10, 2012 8:33 AM

    Overreaction Monday..

  14. shootscuz says: Sep 10, 2012 8:34 AM

    Andrew Luck had one of those rookie qb games and I expect RGIII will have a few himself. That’s just part of the learning curve and not a knock on either one of those very solid rookies. Another smaller note from the games, the no name DT Wolfe drafted by the Broncos, looks like the real deal on the D-line.

  15. cleverbob says: Sep 10, 2012 8:35 AM

    OMG the Giants, Packers and Steelers are all terrible! Season over.

    /sarcasm

  16. mp4philly says: Sep 10, 2012 8:37 AM

    There were a lot of bigots on this site commenting all summer that Griffin could only run. They called him every negative name in the book. The redskins offense hasn’t changed much as far as names go and they were pathetic last year. All I can say is maybe now you idiots will stop judging quarterbacks by pigmentation.

  17. jhm3 says: Sep 10, 2012 8:39 AM

    I’m certainly not going to crown RGIII, and he is going to struggle some this year especially againt defences like SF, Chicago, but I sure would like to hear from all you “pundits” that said he was going to be the next Ryan Leaf, Jamarcus Russell. Are you just jealous or ignorant

  18. succulentnipples says: Sep 10, 2012 8:41 AM

    Its funny because the giants are in last place.

  19. romosmicrodongs says: Sep 10, 2012 8:49 AM

    redskins fans gotta temper our excitement … its like that philly fan mentioning kolb said earlier… it’s one regular season game. dont start the trash talk till we really got somethin to brag about … feel good about the win but keep yer mouths shut. dont need distractions from pundits putting more pressure on griff because one 1 big game

  20. eaglesw00t says: Sep 10, 2012 8:51 AM

    Man, Redskins fan are annoying as crap. Its terrible that they can take people who thought Griffin would be a good QB (like myself) and completely turn them off. DC people are annoying as hell.

  21. handipacked says: Sep 10, 2012 8:55 AM

    Green Bay was exposed more than Fred Willard in a theater yesterday.

  22. cowboyhater says: Sep 10, 2012 8:55 AM

    Just keeping everything in perspective as a skins fan. Been here, and done that. Only time will tell with this kid, but I will have to admit it was an impressive start. He had a ton of composure, and for those who continue with this 30th rank pass defense stuff, keep in mind, you just played against a true rookie. Also, eagle fan comparing Kolb’s stats with RG3′s, really? No comparison, not even close. Skins fans, let’s chill out until we actually start winning games consistently, and not make RG3 the second coming. Yes, it was fun to watch, and it’s been a long time since we actually watched a competent QB, but he is still a rookie, and will at times look like one, which could come next week at St. Louis. I will enjoy this first victory, and wait till the next game. HTTR!!

  23. tmac4454 says: Sep 10, 2012 8:57 AM

    I just want to say congratulations to RGIII. This young man is very talented even though he got robbed from the 1st overall pick to some guy name Luck. The critics gave him no respect being a rookie in the NFL.
    McNabb needs to eat his words stating that this kid would not be successful in D.C. Keep shining Griff III.

  24. peytonwantsaflag says: Sep 10, 2012 9:00 AM

    RGIII does look special, Superman Cam not so super though. He’s in for a long year.

  25. supaman50 says: Sep 10, 2012 9:02 AM

    RG3 really did look awesome.

    And anybody who actually watched the Houston/Miami game would not come away with the “Fins look terrible” point of view at all.

  26. supaman50 says: Sep 10, 2012 9:03 AM

    I love how everyone is “defending” RG3 by talking about how he was added to a team with “talent”. REALLY? The Skins? Not sure what talent people think they have, but they have a very mediocre offensive line, a gaggle of average RBs, a pot-smoking TE who comes and goes and one top-flight WR.

    Face it – RG3 was really, really good.

  27. eagleswin says: Sep 10, 2012 9:04 AM

    The replacement refs are OK. No, the NFL’s replacement officials aren’t perfect. Yes, they seemed to misunderstand the timeout rule at the end of the Cardinals’ win over the Seahawks. But after a preseason in which many NFL observers (myself included) thought the replacement officials looked incompetent, the first Sunday of the regular season was officiated adequately.

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    You might want to pass that on to other members of the media. Al Michaels is fixated on the replacement refs and that’s not good anyone involved. I don’t care that he can recite every catch that Collingsworth made during his career. The man most likely remembers when football was played with leather helmets and comes across as the grumpy old man who goes on and on about the refs were so much better back in his day.

    Collingsworth seemed to do a good job placating Michaels but then went out of his way later in the game to give the refs some props almost as a way to offset Michaels comments.

  28. irongershwin says: Sep 10, 2012 9:04 AM

    RGIII or as I like to call him Donovan McNabb II(DMII), was throwing the ball to wide open receivers. Watch the game highlights. There wasn’t a Saints defender within 8 yards of most of his throws. I give him credit, but it’s 1 game vs. a team who doesn’t even have their head coach.

  29. xxwhodatxx says: Sep 10, 2012 9:05 AM

    RGIII looked really good I’ll give you that but the Saints were decimated at corner. So it’s kinda what I expected only I didn’t expect so many mistakes on the Saints offense(dropped passes and penaties) so i would hold off on the over reactions till later in the season. This doesn’t mean much.

  30. sadskinsfan89 says: Sep 10, 2012 9:13 AM

    To all the REAL REDSKINS FANS that have stuck by this team HOW GOOD DOES THIS FEEL ? We finally have a Monday after a game where we arent the blunt if jokes. Hail to the Redskins and Hail to all the Fans. SEE U AT FEDEX IN A FEW WEEKS

  31. duncanthecat says: Sep 10, 2012 9:15 AM

    GREAT trade for the Redskins. They landed a good one, who is already playing at a high level. Incredible that at no point did he seem phazed by the pressure of the game or the numerous blitz fronts. Consistent from begining to end. WOW!

    The Redskins just bolted up ten positions on the power chart.

    Opponents clearly have to cover the whole field with the offense they are running.

    WATCH OUT, these are not the same old Redskins.

    Congrats to Shannahan and staff.

  32. southpaw2k says: Sep 10, 2012 9:17 AM

    These replacement refs are NOT okay. If not for Braylon Edwards’ inability to look for the football in the air and properly catch it, the NFL would have some major egg on its face this morning. Granted, the regular refs have their fair share of bumbled calls as well, but I can’t remember the last time anyone got a 4th timeout in a football game. Add in a missed pass interference in the NE/Tennessee game and a missed block in the back during the punt return for a TD in the GB/SF game, and you’ve got some good evidence that the NFL needs its regular refs back.

  33. skinsfan0226 says: Sep 10, 2012 9:18 AM

    A good game and good start for a rookie quarterback for a franchise in need of a good quarterback for a long time now. It’s true, It’s only one game but you have to give it to him it was a good game and a good start. Other team haters are gonna hate, what can you do? Just Win is the answer! Winning quiets all doubters. As all teams do, the Redskins will take their lumps, but I think now its a little easier to take knowing you have a player that can lead you out of a losing moment. You win some and you loose some. The Saints folks talking about that pass inteference call is ridiculous, Clearly interference and if the shoe was on the other foot at the end of that game on the hail mary, everyone would have called foul. Plus Brees interception had nothing to do with the loss either, right? O.k. Bottom line Redskins made plays and the Saints did not. And the Kevin Kolb reference please, Andy Reid disguised and hid Donavan Mcnabbs weaknesses for ten plus years, and then Kolbs for a while. Reid is a good enough coach to hide those inabilities and use them for trade bait. All in all the season is young and so are the Redskins and there is no where to go but up and this fan is ready. No excuses, no apologies!

  34. LoCoSu@%s says: Sep 10, 2012 9:21 AM

    voiceofreasonsays says:
    Sep 10, 2012 7:52 AM
    Who DAT!!! etc. etc.

    ——————-

    Calm down. I know it’s been a long time since the Redskins were relevant and without a doubt RGIII looks like the real deal, but I’d give it a few more games – say a season, before we crown the ‘Skins.

    I applaud your enthusiasm, and am excited to watch RGIII play as well, but patience man, patience.

  35. notmanning says: Sep 10, 2012 9:22 AM

    What happened to the Waiter? Is he out for awhile?

  36. ham1 says: Sep 10, 2012 9:25 AM

    @eaglesw00t says:
    Sep 10, 2012 8:51 AM
    Man, Redskins fan are annoying as crap. Its terrible that they can take people who thought Griffin would be a good QB (like myself) and completely
    ________________________________
    Like the whole annoying loser Eagirl nation who still thinks Vick is a good QB? Hows that been working out for you and your EMPTY trophy case?

  37. kidpresentable says: Sep 10, 2012 9:26 AM

    There was a headline in The Onion a few years ago that read, “Insane Moron Draws Conclusion From NFL Preseason Game.”

    You can pretty much say that for the first week of the NFL season, and really the first month.

  38. geauxjay says: Sep 10, 2012 9:29 AM

    I don’t want to rain on the RGIII party either, but man, the Saints defense looks HORRIBLE. It didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out the receiver Corey White was covering and throw the ball to that guy.

  39. phillyphannn83 says: Sep 10, 2012 9:29 AM

    sunburntshanny September 10, 2012, 7:50 AM EDT

    @voiceofreasonsays

    As a Redskin’s fan while I can appreciate your homer-ism, but stop anointing us division champs… it’s the first game of the season with a rookie QB who played exceptionally well. This DOES NOT mean that we’re running away with anything… We beat a team who had the 29th ranked pass defense last year and had no pass rush… We have a long way to go.

  40. shlomotruehovic says: Sep 10, 2012 9:33 AM

    eaglesw00t says: Sep 10, 2012 8:51 AM

    Man, Redskins fan are annoying as crap. Its terrible that they can take people who thought Griffin would be a good QB (like myself) and completely turn them off. DC people are annoying as hell.

    Are you kidding me???? A fan from Philly has the nerve to say anything about fans. The same city that had a jail in it’s Stadium, spits on visiting fan, has children giving the middle finger. Look in the mirror first, before you start talking about annoying fans. The team has not been good for two decades, let fans enjoy it. That’s what fans do, get excited and sometimes irrational.

  41. bluebongzilla says: Sep 10, 2012 9:36 AM

    Looked great against a team that is obviously suffering from the suspension of multiple players, not to mention the head coach. They deserved it though. Too bad the Cowboys and Redskins don’t play until November. The District of Columbia is going to have at least two crushing defeats that month.

  42. purplegreenandgold says: Sep 10, 2012 9:37 AM

    DIEHARD Saints fan here giving RGIII his due! congrats to the skins for having a better game plan…it was the perfect storm situation. however that being said I was told by my father the difference between a bad haircut and a good haircut… one week. hopefully my Saints will rebound

  43. ebrownwareagle says: Sep 10, 2012 9:41 AM

    People please, stop it with the “RG3 went to a team with talent and Luck didn’t.” When it comes to the talent pool for both teams, they are pretty much equal. All you have to do is look at the rosters. At the receiver position there equal. Wayne/Collie = Garçon/Moss. Colts might (just barely) have a better O-line and neither have a stud RB; it’s done by comity. Def. Colts- Vontae Davis Jarreuad Powers Antoine Bethea DWight Freeney Rob Mathis. Wash def- Their secondary sucks. Brian Arakpo and Brandon Merriwether, is really all they have on D. Colts D just might be better. But the notion that Wash is more studded up than Indy, just might be pushing it a little.

  44. amaf21 says: Sep 10, 2012 9:41 AM

    RGIII imposed his will upon the Saints. Saints said they knew what was coming, but RGIII just slapped ‘dem down.

  45. sb44champs says: Sep 10, 2012 9:46 AM

    hendawg21 says:
    Sep 10, 2012 8:20 AM
    So chime in all of you who picked the Saints to blow the Skins away, I’m pretty sure the excuses are plentiful…
    ——————————-
    Yeah, like the one where GODell leveled unprecedented punishments on the Saints for something that’s been going on in the NFL for decades – We will bounce back!!!!

  46. cowboyhater says: Sep 10, 2012 9:48 AM

    xxwhodatxx says: Sep 10, 2012 9:05 AM

    RGIII looked really good I’ll give you that but the Saints were decimated at corner. So it’s kinda what I expected only I didn’t expect so many mistakes on the Saints offense(dropped passes and penaties) so i would hold off on the over reactions till later in the season. This doesn’t mean much.

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    Hey Saints fan, that’s loser talk. You actually sound like skins fans the day after their loses. All teams are decimated at a certain position (skins at safety), and don’t get calls, or have plays that don’t go their way. But bottom line, the Saints got beat. The skins dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides, and controlled the clock. That’s even without mentioning RG3. Get over it, and move on to next week.

  47. giantsfanlewis says: Sep 10, 2012 9:50 AM

    Redskins fans, remember 3 things

    1. It was the first game. Remember Ryan leaf started 2-0 where Peyton started 0-2. In fact he went 13-3 and threw more picks than tds.

    2. The saints are not a good defensive team. They did rank 30th last season and let’s add 3. Right here. They are playing with an intern to the intern coach. They had no defense last year and lost the head coach for the year followed by losing the intern coach for 6 games.

    So congradulations you beat a team that has no head coach and was a bad defense last season. A team that was incredibly distracted all off season with Brees contract, bountygate and lawsuits. Redskins are surly going to win the sb now. Come back when you beat a real team

  48. peytonwantsaflag says: Sep 10, 2012 9:52 AM

    “You might want to pass that on to other members of the media. Al Michaels is fixated on the replacement…”

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    I’ve got to concur with eagleswin here – Michaels was starting to sound like my wife when we argue bringing up every perceived and imagined slight and beating it into the ground. That, and Collinsworth’s ever-increasing manlove for Roethlessburger made listening to that game unpleasant.

  49. indycoltsfan2012 says: Sep 10, 2012 9:52 AM

    Congrats RG3 on throwing the ball on what could be the leagues worst defense. You truly are special.

  50. abninf says: Sep 10, 2012 9:53 AM

    At this point Dallas looks like the best team in the league.

  51. bag217 says: Sep 10, 2012 9:54 AM

    Redskin fans are funny. Completely ignoring the fact that they gave up 32 points. Hope RGIII can put 40 up every week.

  52. eaglesfan94 says: Sep 10, 2012 10:06 AM

    I always expected RG3 to be good right off the bat, but I didn’t really expect the Redskins to stick it to the Saints. Are the Saints a lot worse this year, or are the Redskins a lot better? Or both? That’s what makes the NFL awesome!

  53. sb44champs says: Sep 10, 2012 10:06 AM

    cowboyhater says:
    The skins dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides, and controlled the clock. That’s even without mentioning RG3. Get over it, and move on to next week.
    —————————-
    I sure hope the Skins can put up 40 every week because the Saints offense looked like crap and still put up 32… Hasletts D will need to get better in a hurry if ya’ll expect to do anything this year!!

  54. billymc75 says: Sep 10, 2012 10:07 AM

    Saints D still sux not even a bounty can help , never did they rely to much on Brees

  55. shlomotruehovic says: Sep 10, 2012 10:13 AM

    sb44champs says: Sep 10, 2012 10:06 AM

    I sure hope the Skins can put up 40 every week because the Saints offense looked like crap and still put up 32… Hasletts D will need to get better in a hurry if ya’ll expect to do anything this year!!

    First Saints offense put on 24 (blocked punt for a score). Second, you don’t stop the Saints. You slow them down. Especially at home.
    Saints put on 32 and that’s the best Def in the league (last year), so holding them to 24 is pretty good for an average Def at the Superdome or Mercedes Dome whatever it is.

    P. S.
    Ryan Leaf First Game States
    16-31 1TD 2INT

    Robert Griffin III
    19-26 320 2TD and 0int

    Not a real comparison.

  56. voiceofreasonsays says: Sep 10, 2012 10:18 AM

    Ugh some of you are just plain haters of my team and QB. I feel like when Mayweather was interviewed by Larry Merchant, except replace boxing with football. The Saints offense was RATTLED by our DEs and LBs all game. 21 of the 32 points was pure luck (blocked punt and 2 TDs on FOURTH DOWNS in desperation mode)…you’ll see Cowboy/Eagle/Giant fans. Our team is the superior team of the NFC East like it or not. The proof is in the pudding and my words are validated on the field… Case closed.

  57. robf2010 says: Sep 10, 2012 10:22 AM

    This Saints fan tips his cap to RGIII. He was sensational. He had a lot of help. The Skins came in with a good plan.

  58. evomike06 says: Sep 10, 2012 10:22 AM

    SB44champs Skins D only gave up 25. The other 7 came from a blocked punt. To hold the saints Offense to25 points is pretty good IMO

  59. finsbooyah says: Sep 10, 2012 10:40 AM

    “The Dolphins’ offense couldn’t get anything going and their defense couldn’t stop anyone in their 30-10 loss to the Texans.”

    Did you watch the game??? The part about the defense is completely off-base and misleading. In fact, I thought the D was pretty impressive considering their situation.

    They pressured the hell out of Schaub and shut down the running game for the most part (Foster had 76 yards on 20 something carries). They held Houston scoreless until late in the second quarter when turnovers on 4 consecutive drives set the Texans up deep in Miami territory.

    In fact, Houston only scored 6 points throughout the game on drives that started in their own territory. Miami’s defense (and special teams) played really well. Their offense just constantly put them in position to fail.

  60. hail74 says: Sep 10, 2012 10:41 AM

    There sure are a whole lot of excuses coming out for why the saints lost, where were these before the game? Nobody gave skins a chance before game. I understand saints pass D was bad last year but how much of that was because teams had to pass against them because they were behind? Also, just how many teams put 40 on the saints last year?

  61. jh500 says: Sep 10, 2012 10:44 AM

    but but but Luck is more NFL ready than RG3. Everyone said that before the draft. What happened?!

  62. kellij666 says: Sep 10, 2012 10:50 AM

    rgIII definitely looked the part yesterday in the dome but let’s see what happens over the next 15 games before we declare him the second coming. he is impressive no doubt and i’ve always been a fan, i do believe he’s got a leg up on the mental part of the game already which is 3/4 of the battle. all of these guys are great athethes but it’s the one who have the mental strenghth and intelligence who succeed. 1 game does not a season make though, whether you win or lose. our saints will bounce back although to me it looked like they missed sean payton more than anything else. but as bad as they played all game, they still had a chance to win in the end. they don’t quit!!!! WHO DAT!!!!!!!!! SAINTS BABY!!!!!!!!

  63. beerbudsnbevo says: Sep 10, 2012 10:54 AM

    Overreaction Monday..

    ****************

    Exactly.

    What is lost in the shuffle is the Saints were playing without Vilma, a banged up secondary, and the first time any defensive coordinator has seen RGIII on the pro level, without a chance to game plan accordingly….

    That being said, all props to RGIII…

    But lets just see how it looks after the dust has settled….

  64. taken0315 says: Sep 10, 2012 10:55 AM

    Its funny how so many talked crap about us for sooo long, but now that it counts oh we should wait cause its just the first game. Well guess what, even game 1 counts. Like it or not, IT COUNTS! So don’t get down on us cause we’re happy. Is that not what it’s all about?! Even if you don’t like our first VERY successful game, WE LOVE IT! And we’ll just be shakin yall off every week cause he’s not done yet. Find a way to deal with that!

  65. parenthesis78 says: Sep 10, 2012 11:17 AM

    RGIII did very well in his first start .. not saying we are going to the superbowl .. and all that crazy talk .. but I’m happy he did well .. everyone that is saying oh .. he played against a horrible defense .. that maybe true.. but look at all the predictions from this week .. how many predicted us to win ….. wait for it .. .wait for it .. lol .. exactly .. so that being said .. if we would have lost .. .. it would hae been .. yup he’s a bust .. not .. he’s a rookie and he’s learning .. but when he does well and wins .. oh it’s a bad defense .. and a new head coach .. new defensive coordinator .. blah blah ..
    it was the first game .. and it was a not so great defense .. take it as it is .. be neutral .. if u’re not a redskins fan .. be happy that he did well and we got a w if u are a skins fan

  66. ham1 says: Sep 10, 2012 11:19 AM

    @giantsfanlewis says:
    Sep 10, 2012 9:50 AM
    Redskins fans, remember 3 things

    1. It was the first game. Remember Ryan leaf started 2-0 where Peyton started 0-2. In fact he went 13-3 and threw more picks than tds.

    2. The saints are not a good defensive team. They did rank 30th last season and let’s add 3. Right here. They are playing with an intern to the intern coach. They had no defense last year and lost the head coach for the year followed by losing the intern coach for 6 games.

    So congradulations you beat a team that has no head coach and was a bad defense last season. A team that was incredibly distracted all off season with Brees contract, bountygate and lawsuits. Redskins are surly going to win the sb now. Come back when you beat a real team
    __________________________________
    Let me get this straight..it sounds like with all your knowledge you must have picked the skins over the saints before the game. I really doubt it.
    You picked the saints and then come here and tell us all how bad they are after they lose to the skins. You have no credibility your just a vaginats fan with angst becuase your team is the only team in the basement right now. From the big house to the outhouse, at least the vagiants dont have far to fall sucker.

  67. cperiodj says: Sep 10, 2012 11:23 AM

    Hail to the Skins! The Saints didnt have corners, the Saints didnt are ranked 30th in pass defense. But the Skins dont have any talents so that should have been no problem for the Saints. RGIII definitely made everyone look good. His ability to hide the ball is amazing almost Joe Namath like. there were times in that game when I really couldnt tell if he gave the ball to the running back only to see the ball come flying out the back field. The Skins have no line but wow did you see how shanahan setup up the fb and hb for protections. Hes a rookie and i expect mistakes but all i can say is wow for the first outing. I texted my friends before the game and said tune in you are about to see something special and RGIII didnt disappoint.

  68. beerbudsnbevo says: Sep 10, 2012 11:30 AM

    At this point Dallas looks like the best team in the league

    *****************

    I’m a life-long Cowboys fan and even that sounds silly to me….

  69. harryglyphics says: Sep 10, 2012 11:40 AM

    Re RGIII: Jus’ wait…jus’ wait. Running a college offense works for a while in the NFL but eventually it doesn’t. (See: Miami Dolphins’ “wildcat” circa 2008 season.) I thought I was the Oklahoma team of the ’70′s. Jus’ wait ’til he actually has to run a pro-style offense.

  70. 1776dejavu says: Sep 10, 2012 11:50 AM

    RGIII only had the best qb rating on the day at 137+ no interceptions, just flat out incredible performance and he is just getting started.

  71. phonymcringring says: Sep 10, 2012 11:52 AM

    Congrats to Bob Griffin for a few short passes that went for a lot of yards. Great grab by Garcon on the near-overthrow that could just have easily been a pick. Things went the rook’s way today. Perhaps not against a better D because that underneath dink and dunk stuff won’t be open for long.

  72. laserw says: Sep 10, 2012 11:52 AM

    It’s the first game of the season, Griffin is new to other teams so they don’t have much to scout from, and the defense he was playing against is under new management (meaning the guys don’t get bonuses to play). We’ve seen this before in Washington. A fast start and then a mid-season collapse.

    We have no evidence that Griffin is the real deal. We don’t know yet if he can sustain his performance for an entire NFL season. We don’t even know if he’ll end up being like Tony Romo in the playoffs – one and done.

    I am a Redskin fan but this will be a long season and it will be full of doubt. When Griffin can play like this with half his offensive line banged up or replaced and have 2nd string wide receivers to throw to after the starters are out for the season, then we start attributing something to him.

    The game against the Saints is one the Redskins should have won as the Saints are now decimated by their own foolish conduct in the past. Right now the Redskins will merely be among the 16 teams that won this week. The upcoming Ram game is a trap game – we’ve seen the Redskins win and come in and look awful against horrible teams. If the Redskins only win by 8 against the Rams, then we know the team is only a middle performer in the league and not rising to the top. If the Redskins launch hell and fury against the Rams and bury them, then we can at least feel good to be 2-0 without having to put an asterisk by the win “survived a one point win by intercepting the last pass of the game”.

  73. xlichamps says: Sep 10, 2012 11:56 AM

    I for one am stoked to see another Peyton vs Brady type of rivalry in the making, and just like Brady… it looks like RG3 will get the early success. Enjoy it while it lasts ‘skins fans!

  74. aljack88 says: Sep 10, 2012 12:11 PM

    shlomotruehovic says:
    Sep 10, 2012 9:33 AM
    eaglesw00t says: Sep 10, 2012 8:51 AM

    Man, Redskins fan are annoying as crap. Its terrible that they can take people who thought Griffin would be a good QB (like myself) and completely turn them off. DC people are annoying as hell.
    ——————————————————
    Are you kidding me???? A fan from Philly has the nerve to say anything about fans. The same city that had a jail in it’s Stadium, spits on visiting fan, has children giving the middle finger. Look in the mirror first, before you start talking about annoying fans. The team has not been good for two decades, let fans enjoy it. That’s what fans do, get excited and sometimes irrational.
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    …and lets not forget the “throwing snowballs at Santa Clause” event on a nationally televised game.

    It was great to be finally back to NFL weekends. I enjoyed everything I saw, good or bad, and have just one general statement to make: “there’s still 15 more games to go”.

  75. lordjoshington says: Sep 10, 2012 12:24 PM

    The Kolb/Griffin comparison is laughable. And whatever idiot said watch the game he was throwing to wide open recievers, youre wrong pal. I just rewatched and he was zipping it in there. Now we all know that RGIII is a rookie. Generally the things rookies struggle with are reading defenses, going through progressions, and desicion making. These three things Robert excelled at not just yesterday but all preseason as well. It has nothing to do with the Saints. Now obviously the Skins will face much better defenses than N.O.’s and that will make it harder for him. But what I was wondering is “is this guy the real deal? Does he belong in the NFL?” I think the answer is a resounding yes. And the Redskins were really just a QB away. And as long as Pierre is healthy I think he may be a top reciever this year. Bottom line is if we stay healthy and RG plays at this kind of level, we are relevant again and may contend for the division! THAT feels good!

  76. swill43507 says: Sep 10, 2012 12:30 PM

    Relax folks, it’s just one game. Let’s not crown him yet,..lol!!

  77. mmmpierogi says: Sep 10, 2012 12:35 PM

    voiceofreasonsays says: Sep 10, 2012 7:52 AM

    Haters can’t tell me NOTHING. Hail to the Redskins and the best fan base in the world, RedskinNation!!!

    **********************************************************************

    Weird, given that I’ve seen games at FedEx field where opposing teams’ fan bases exhibit a greater presence than did Redskins fans in attendance. That one of your criteria for “best fan base in the world?”

  78. kinggw says: Sep 10, 2012 12:35 PM

    @harryglyphics

    I think you have the Skins offense confused with what the Broncos did last year with Tebow. The Skins don’t run a college offense. They have some things sprinkled in that play to Griffin’s strengths as an athlete, but its not a system that relies on gimmicks.

    Griffin won’t have great games like he had yesterday every week, but he didnt catch the Saints by surprise because of trick plays. He made good reads, great decisions and some good throws. Things will definitely get more difficult for him, but lets not downplay how amazing a debut game he had.

  79. mnvikes7897 says: Sep 10, 2012 1:04 PM

    I’ll be looking forward to watching this guy for years to come. He’s no schmuck. He’s a smart, highly talented kid with a cannon and fast feet to boot. Props to the coach and supporting cast. I envy you Washington fans.

  80. jwreck says: Sep 10, 2012 1:13 PM

    bag217 says: Sep 10, 2012 9:54 AM
    Redskin fans are funny. Completely ignoring the fact that they gave up 32 points. Hope RGIII can put 40 up every week.
    ________
    The defense gave up 25 points (7 points of punt block return) to the best offense and best quarterback they are going to play this year, who was playing catch-up, and running a no-huddle offense all afternoon. Clearly the secondary needs a lot of work, but still, giving up 25 to an angry, hungry Saints offense is impressive. Considering that Washington doesn’t play Green Bay or New England this year, Griffin probably won’t need to put up 40 points again this season.

    However before you criticize the D for allowing 25 points, or even 32, consider that New Orleans had 23 three-and-outs all of last year, and Washington forced six in this game alone. No one is saying that Washington should be the new Super Bowl favorite or even that this is an elite team. Just that maybe it isn’t as bad as everyone thought.

    That’s all dumb redskins fans really want to hear. When they rant and rave and write asinine things in all capital letters, all they’re looking for is for people to say, “OK, I guess I was wrong, this team isn’t a joke. They aren’t, as ESPN predicted, going to win two games this season. Maybe they even have the makings of a team that will be pretty dang good in a couple years.”

  81. jwreck says: Sep 10, 2012 1:22 PM

    xlichamps says: Sep 10, 2012 11:56 AM

    I for one am stoked to see another Peyton vs Brady type of rivalry in the making, and just like Brady… it looks like RG3 will get the early success. Enjoy it while it lasts ‘skins fans!
    _________

    I’m pretty sure I agree, rivalries are great, but at the same time, I’m not totally sure what your point was here. It sounds like you’re trying to say the Redskins will win three Super Bowls and then lose two to the Colts, and somehow that’s a bad thing.

    While that’s a bold prediction by any stretch of the imagination, I don’t think any Washington fan would be upset by the prospect of three Super Bowl rings in the near future, and having a quarterback playing at Brady’s level 12 years from now.

  82. jwreck says: Sep 10, 2012 1:36 PM

    Redskin fans are funny. Completely ignoring the fact that they gave up 32 points. Hope RGIII can put 40 up every week.
    ________
    The defense gave up 25 points (7 points of punt block return) to the best offense and best quarterback they are going to play this year, who was playing catch-up, and running a no-huddle offense all afternoon. Clearly the secondary needs a lot of work, but still, giving up 25 to an angry, hungry Saints offense is impressive. Considering that Washington doesn’t play Green Bay or New England this year, Griffin probably won’t need to pt up 40 points again this season.

    However before you criticize the defense for allowing 25 points, or even 32, consider that New Orleans had 23 three-and-outs all of last year, and Washington forced six in this game alone. No one is saying that Washington should be the new Super Bowl favorite or even that this is an elite team. Just that maybe it isn’t as bad as everyone thought.

  83. rodfromdh says: Sep 10, 2012 2:16 PM

    Colin Cowherd of ESPN has an agenda , he had discredit RG3 / dedicated Andrew Luck apologist / kill Michael Vick show . he obviously knows demographically who to attack on his show . I call him Colin COWARD !

  84. 1776dejavu says: Sep 10, 2012 3:11 PM

    laserw,
    The Rams almost won their game. Looked like a decent defense but so do the skins and we know we have offense.

  85. raideralex99 says: Sep 10, 2012 4:39 PM

    Seriously … shanny should get most of the credit.
    The first Redskins drive … how many bump off passes … all 5 or 6 of them . Then the stupid Saints coaches get burned on the first play on the second drive by trying to cover the short dump off passes … lol you could see that coming.
    How many passes did the Saints drop???
    How bad is the Saints D??
    It’s only one game … Let’s see how he handles being down by 6 with 2 minutes to go against a good defense before you crown with god since superman is already taken.

  86. jwreck says: Sep 10, 2012 5:08 PM

    rodfromdh says: Sep 10, 2012 2:16 PM

    Colin Cowherd of ESPN has an agenda , he had discredit RG3 / dedicated Andrew Luck apologist / kill Michael Vick show . he obviously knows demographically who to attack on his show . I call him Colin COWARD !
    ______
    Sort of a good point, but as a black man with a background in marketing, the fact is that racism of any sort has no place in advertising today. That’s not to say that some programming and advertisements don’t target specific demographics. Just that in 2012, attacking a specific demographic is never an effective marketing strategy.

    Point being, just like Skip Bayless, I don’t think Cowherd is a racist, I think he’s just an idiot.

    Also, a dislike of Michael Vick is universally understandable, and assuming that an opinion of Vick: pro or con; is racially based is, in itself, prejudiced.

    Also, no offense, but please don’t tell me you think you’re clever for coming up with “Colin Coward”.

  87. elvoid says: Sep 10, 2012 5:47 PM

    Jeez, jwreck – why you gotta come in here making sense and speaking truth and being all reasonable and stuff – can’t have that in here, don’t you know? Ruins the distinct “I live in my own fantasy world” vibe that most posters here cultivate.

    (OK, sarcasm off)

    Nice post.

  88. winsaintswin says: Sep 10, 2012 8:30 PM

    RGIII was awesome!!! The ball fakes, the poise, congrats ‘Skins… See you in December…

  89. swagger52 says: Sep 14, 2012 9:25 AM

    As a Ravens fan, I am thrilled to have another good team in the area. RG3 is different because he is much smarter and more articulate than the average QB. And he is humble and smart enough to know what he doesn’t know. I am proud to have him in DC.

    I am still a forever Ravens fan first, but I am so glad he is in DC. If RG3 had Flacco’s arm and height, Redskins would be in the Superbowl every year.

  90. swagger52 says: Sep 14, 2012 9:28 AM

    Humble and bright, I wish we had RG3 for President. Obama… not so much.

  91. cleverbob says: Sep 15, 2012 2:09 PM

    Being inarticulate never held back Terry Bradshaw…

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