Originally written on CJ Sports NFL Talk  |  Last updated 10/29/14
It was the first week of the 2012 NFL season, and there was plenty to be excited about.  There were great match-ups across the board, to go along with many fascinating story lines. We got to witness Peyton Manning’s debut as the Broncos quarterback, Cowboys and Giants (after lots of trash talking), Mark Sanchez’s season opener with the dramatic filled Jets, and five rookie quarterbacks making a start opening day for the first time ever. If those things don’t excite you, then maybe you’re not truly a fan of the NFL, or even football for that matter. The rookie quarterbacks were all highly anticipated, but only one of the five actually won their first game.  Not the first overall pick in Andrew Luck, who faced a very talented Chicago Bears team, not Russell Wilson, not Ryan Tannehill, and certainly not Brandon Weeden who had a total QBR of 1.2, worst for a rookie QB in their debut since 2008. But, it was Robert Griffin III.  RGIII may have had the toughest task at hand, having to face Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints, in the superdome, where they finished last season 9-0 including one playoff game versus the Lions. RGIII completed 19/26 for 320 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Most importantly and most impressively he also had 0 interceptions, something rookie quarterbacks usually don’t accomplish in their first outing.  Actually, he was the first rookie quarterback to throw for over 300 yards, 2 or more touchdowns, and no interceptions in his debut.  He made it look as if this is something he has been doing for years now.  RGIII showed patience to stand in the pocket and deliver, poise in late game situations, and seemed to have this whole “NFL” thing figured out. RGIII lived up to what people have expected from him this season and then some.  It was just one game, but the Redskins should be very excited about their future for the next decade.  The endorsements and the hype surrounding RGIII this summer may have seemed a bit much, however he showed the world that pressure isn’t an issue.  The pressure didn’t stand a chance busting his pipes. How the other rookie QBs faired, who all lost in their first game: Andrew Luck (Indianapolis Colts): 23-45, 309 yds, 1 td, 3 int, qbr 39.2 Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks): 18-34, 153 yards, 1 td, 1 int, qbr 27.6 Ryan Tannehill (Miami Dolphins): 20-36, 219 yards, 0 td, 3 int, qbr 3.1 Brandon Weeden (Cleveland Browns): 12-35, 118 yards, 0 td, 4 int, qbr 1.2   All rookie quarterbacks go through learning experiences early on in their career before they eventually start to play up to their potential, and this week was only one game worth of evidence.  However, RGIII played lights out, and led the Redskins to a big road win over the Saints.  The next challenge for the Redskins QB will be to stay as consistent as possible.  Yes, that’s easier said than done, but once again, we can only wait and see.   Twitter @EspnsJsiah   Related articles
  • Washington Redskins rookie QB Robert Griffin III is a good… (nflnewsandtalk.tumblr.com)
  • What We Learned About the NFC East in Week 1 (110sportztalk.com)
  • Robert Griffin III: Change Redskins Fans Can Believe In (110sportztalk.com)
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Texas A&M Aggies bench Kenny Hill for freshman Kyle Allen

Josh Smith's reaction to Faried's criticism: 'He's a clown'

Magic, Mia Hamm among owners of new MLS franchise

Michael Vick broke teammate’s finger with bullet pass

Wes Welker: 'I feel like the weak link' in Broncos' loaded offense

Greg Hardy will not play this season after trial postponement

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Chip Kelly on not weighing in on injuries: ‘I’m not Dr. Miyagi’

Saints vs Panthers: preview and prediction

Kevin Youkilis retires after 10 seasons in MLB

Ricky Williams says he retired due to poor quarterback play

Judge rejects request to move Aaron Hernandez murder trial

Jason Garrett optimistic that Tony Romo can play Sunday

Bruce Pearl dressed up as fellow Auburn coach Gus Mazhahn

WATCH: Jimmy Graham head-butts bench

Seahawks host football team from H.S. shocked by shooting

WATCH: Cavs intro in LeBron James’ first game back was wild

Did latest World Series win establish Giants as a dynasty?

Cavaliers give fans instructions on how to do 'Chalk Toss'

Explaining the Penguins loyalty to Marc-Andre Fleury

WATCH: Man obliterates house after Cowboys MNF loss

WATCH: Entire history of Nike in just under three minutes

Eric Decker asked fans why they love Jets, got what he deserved

WATCH: Daniel Bryan celebrates Giants' win predictably

State Farm has hilarious response to recent NFL injuries

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Welker feels like 'weak link' in offense

Cavs intro for LeBron was wild

Greg Hardy won't play this season

Michael Jordan rips Obama's golf game

Torii Hunter in radio ad opposing gay marriage

Curt Schilling praises Bumgarner

GALLERY: Best of sports pumpkins

Top storyline for each Week 9 game

Williams' response to criticism

WATCH: Chevy guy totally bombs

Bumgarner pitches Giants to title

Report: Cubs to hire Maddon as manager

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.