What Opening Games Say About These Quarterbacks – Football Nation

What a start to the 2012 football season this has been. There were six quarterbacks that threw at least three picks in the season opening games. Two of them actually won (Vick and Stafford).

With the most rookie quarterbacks starting ever at five total, I expected a major learning curve, yet that wasn’t necessarily the case for all of them.

RG3 had an incredible over the middle touchdown pass to Pierre Garson for 88-yards marking his first ever thrown touchdown as a quarterback in the NFL . He’s the youngest quarterback to ever start in the NFL but it doesn’t show one bit in the way he plays or carries himself.

The Redskins concluded the opener putting up 40-points in a road victory against the New Orleans Saints. RG3 sure knows how to make an entrance into the league as he posted the highest passer rating at 139.9 for any quarterback making a debut since a record set in 1961. Expect big things for the Redskins this season and even bigger things from RG3.

The Colts rookie quarterback didn’t have such an easy first season game. Andrew Luck had many ups and downs in the Colt’s opener as he threw three interceptions, was sacked three times, and lost a fumble.  His 5-yard TD pass to Donnie Avery wasn’t nearly as stunning as RG3’s 88-yarder. This number one overall draft pick will have something to prove this season as the predecessor of Peyton and as the top choice in the draft picked over RG3.

Vick threw four, almost five picks in his opening game against the Browns. The Eagles pulled away with a 17-16 win against the Browns but it was no easy task. Vick had major inconsistency on the field, but in the end he was the play maker to bring the Eagles back into the game to break the Browns hearts. He’s just got to get his ball management under control and he can improve the Eagles offense vastly.

“Great team win. Wasn’t pretty at all on my behalf. I expect way more from myself. Looking forward to my next opportunity,” said Vick on his Twitter following the victory.

The New York Jets scored only one touchdown all preseason but today they ignited a fire and showed up in their season opener. In a 48-28 victory, the Jets experienced vindication at last. Mark Sanchez had a big time performance for his career making a statement that he’s the only quarterback worth discussing on the roster. Sanchez went 19 of 27 passes for 266 yards and three touchdowns. Expect big things from this team, they’ve got a chip on their shoulder and Mark Sanchez especially does.

Randy Moss is back. With his 154th career touchdown he surpassed Terrel Owens and now is second of all time in NFL history for career touchdown passes.

The entire San Francisco 49ers team came out strong as they defeated the Packers on their own turf with a score of 30-22. David Akers tied the record for longest field goal with a 63-yarder but that wasn’t the only big time play the 49ers executed. Quarterback Alex Smith connected well with his targets and the running game was powerful throughout the entire four quarters. Alex Smith is proving to all the nay-sayers that last year wasn’t just a fluke, he’s got the it factor. Watch out for this team, they’ve got the ability to be championship contenders.

“I thought we played our best game with our minds that we’ve ever played out there today. Very proud of our guys,” said Head Coach Jim Harbaugh in his press conference following the win.

Brandon Weeden’s quarterback rating was 5.1 which is the lowest for any week one rookie debut since 1960. His season debut for the Browns was downright embarrassing as he had four picks. It was  an ugly game altogether, a lot to improve on to get anywhere this season.

Tom Brady became the 14th quarterback in NFL history to pass over 40,000 career passing yards in today’s opener. Brady led the Patriots to a 34-13 win against the Titans. He threw for 236-yards and two touchdowns. The team looks just as good as last season as if they’re picking up right where they had left off.

Cam Newton is the first player in NFL history to throw for at least 300 yards in his first two season debuts. This sophore threw for 303 yards and one touchdown. He also threw two interceptions which led to the team’s loss against the Buccaneers with a score of 16-7. There’s a lot of work for Newton to do in order to bring his team around.

John Skelton was injured in the match up against the Seahawks, forcing Kevin Kolb to step up and lead the team to a 20-16 victory. Kevin Kolb did a great job at leading the team once he stepped in and looks to have what it takes to move forward as the starting quarterback finishing the night with a 138.5 passer rating. Next week the Cardinals take on the Patriots which will surely be a difficult challenge for Kolb.

Peyton Manning had an exciting season debut on the Broncos as he joins NFL history with 400 career touchdown passes.

A great week of games in the books, with only two Monday night games left to play and then onto week two. Is there anything better than the football season starting up? No. This is my favorite time of year, as we get to watch 32 teams chase after the championship from the beginning. Nothing better.


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