After months of anticipation, the first weekend of the NFL season is finally in the books.
Robert Griffin III might just end up as a pretty good quarterback in the NFL
The second overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft did more than put up big numbers in his NFL debut on Sunday. He went into New Orleans and won, something no team in the regular season a year ago could say. The Redskins put up points with ease, holding on for a 40-32 road victory. With 320 passing yards and a pair of TD passes, RGIII impressed everyone around him and has instantly changed the football culture in the nation’s capital.
Hold off on the Jets quarterback controversy storylines
Remember all summer when Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow were talked about everywhere? Well, Sanchez quietly put a stop to that for now by going out and playing well against the Buffalo Bills. After an early interception, the former USC Trojan was almost perfect, throwing for a total of 266 yards and 3 touchdowns. He’ll continue to be under the gun all season, but as of right now, Tebow is not in the picture as anything more than a backup.
Replacement referees continue to be a terrible idea
No one wins with replacement referees calling NFL regular season games. Every controversial call will be heavily scrutinized. These referees are constantly under severe pressure to succeed, and at the end of the day, they are only human. Nothing drastic has happened…yet. A deal needs to be made with the real NFL referees to avoid running the risk of messing with the overall integrity of the game.
Peyton Manning still has some life left in him
Those ready to write off Peyton Manning might want to rethink their thoughts. Manning looked as good as new in the Sunday Night Football game, connecting on 19 of his 26 passes for 253 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He picked apart one of the top defenses in the NFL and most importantly, notched a victory for his new Denver team. It’s going to be a long year with the chance of a major injury always looming, but all signs point to Manning being back to his Hall of Fame self.
The San Francisco 49ers might just be the best team in the NFL
Alright, it is always a bit premature to claim a team is the best after one performance. However, to go into Lambeau Field and pick up a 30-22 win over the Green Bay Packers proves a lot to anyone who had doubts. Mario Manningham and Randy Moss looked sharp, catching a total of eight passes from Alex Smith. The defense continues to be strong as well, limiting Aaron Rodgers and company all day. A lot of time stands between now and the Super Bowl, but don’t be surprised if the 49ers give themselves a great shot at winning it all this season.