Originally written September 10, 2012 on This Given Sunday:
We wrap up the first NFL Sunday of 2012 by looking at a handful of players who exceeded expectations and a handful who failed to deliver in their season-opening efforts. Surprises 1. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins: I'd be shocked to see anyone but Griffin win offensive player of the week honors, which is remarkable considering it was his NFL debut and it was in New Orleans. It took Peyton Manning 35 games to post a passer rating as high as the 139.9 mark RG3 put up in a victorious performance against the Saints. 2. Mark Sanchez, New York Jets: I could actually put the entire Jets team here, but Sanchez stood out the most. Where the hell did that come from? I mean, 19-of-27, 266 yards, three touchdowns, one pick and no sacks given up? He's had some sneaky good performances here and there, but that might have been the best performance of his career thus far. 3. Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots: The 2011 third-round pick had 152 yards on 23 touches against the T...
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