After the first full week of action in the NFL, Washington QB Robert Griffin III has been the talk of the league and the fans. His NFL debut in a word? WOW! Griffin’s opening day performance at New Orleans even impressed Dallas fans, including me. Trust me, we don’t dole out Redskin compliments very easily, under any circumstances, but in the casr of R G – 3, we have to give respect where it is due. Like many who have seen the Redskins throw away high draft picks on busts over the years, it’s obvious that this QB may have been their greatest player personel achievement in decades. The rookie was 19 – 26 for 320 yards and 2 TDs, plus he ran for 42 yards as well in leading Washington to a stunning opening day 40 – 32 victory over the Saints.
The Redskins travel to St. Louis on Sunday, and ironically, while the Rams are rebuilding under the leadership of new coach Jeff Fisher, their treasure chest is full of first-round draft picks courtesy of the trade Washington made to move up and select Griffin in this year’s draft. Somehow, I doubt if there are any regrets in DC right now. One of our locals will be among the defensive linemen in pursuit of RG – 3 , Petersburg native Kendall Langford is the starting defensive tackle for St. Louis, coming over from the Miami Dolphins by way of Hampton University and Petersburg High School. While the Rams have a formidable front line with Langford and ex-UVA star Chris Long, they have a challenge this week in figuring out how to stop Griffin, who shows passing accuracy as well as nimble feet.
After Week 1, the strongest teams appear to be Baltimore, San Francisco, Denver, Dallas, and despite a lot of negative press, the New York Jets? The Jets have been dealing with questions since the day they signed QB Tim Tebow, and after all the preseason back and forth in the NY media, the team came out on opening night and laid waste to the Buffalo Bills. A HUGE game next Sunday at Pittsburgh, where the Steelers are banged-up and lost their season opener to the Denver Broncos, so the Jets come into the Steel City riding high. All-Pro LB James Harrison missed the opener but hopes to play on Sunday. Meanwhile, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Houston, and Green Bay will all be heard from this season.