NFL: Week 1 Studs
Week one in the NFL featured some great performances from certain individuals and teams. Will the week one studs continue their hot streaks next week? We’ll see, but for now let’s analyze the five week one studs.
Robert Griffin III
The second overall pick from this spring’s draft started his NFL career on the right track. Not only did he pull off an impressive upset victory against the New Orleans Saints, who were home, he was able to throw for 320 yards and two touchdowns. More importantly, RGIII didn’t make a mistake throwing no interceptions. RGIII looked impressive as he out played Drew Brees. Next week he will face the Rams, who picked off Matthew Stafford three times. Maybe we’ll see an interception then, but for now RGIII is looking like the savior of the Washington Redskins.
Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys
Jerry Jones’ team was able to back up all his trash talking as they went into Metlife Stadium and defeated the defending Superbowl Champions, 24-17. The defense looked strong with their pass rush, but more importantly their new and improved secondary was able to shut down the Giants wide receivers. Tony Romo turned in a 307 yard, three touchdown performance. Plenty of Cowboy critics have said the window is closing on Romo and the Cowboys. Will this be their year?
Touchdowns? Who needs a touchdown during the preseason? Surly, the Jets don’t, as they were able to put up 48 against the “new and improved” Buffalo Bills. While the defense looked strong (much like they have during all of Rex Ryan’s tenure), it was Mark Sanchez that really stood out. After a shaky interception in the first quarter, “Sanchize” made smart passes, which gave him not only a blow-out win, but impressive stats. 266 yards and three touchdowns quieted the media for now. Also, Sanchez has Tebow in his far rear-view as fans booed Tebow during the game.
While the scoreboard indicates it being a closer game than it really was (30-22), the 49ers looked very impressive against the Green Bay Packers. Alex Smith, played smart football at the quarterback position, not making a single mistake. The defense forced mistakes from Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. More importantly, Randy Moss and Michael Crabtree provided nice targets for Smith, which could be huge for the success of the 49ers as they head further into the season. After a performance like this, the 49ers may be the favorite to get to the Superbowl out of the NFC.
After a 611 day layoff, Peyton Manning went out week one and looked impressive. In a 31-19 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, Manning threw for 253 yards and two touchdowns, including his 400th in his career. Manning was also sacked twice, but was able to bounce right back up. At 36-years-old, Manning played very well, especially against a tough defense. With that said, it seems like the Broncos are heading in the right direction. Will Peyton Manning, make the Colts regret releasing him? So far Manning: 1 Colts: 0.
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