|Peyton Manning shined in the season debut|
Manning showed no real signs of rust at all after missing all of last season, passing for 253 yards and a pair of touchdown passes in leading the Denver Broncos to a 31-19 home victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Meanwhile, Griffin (or RG3 as he is also known) passed for an NFL rookie record 320 yards with two touchdown passes, including an 88-yard scoring strike to Pierre Garcon as the Washington Redskins stunned the host New Orleans Saints, 40-32. Griffin outshined the legendary Saints QB Drew Brees in the win.
In fact, Manning and Griffin III are the Heftyinfo NFL co-Players of the Week for their performances.
|RG3 set a rookie passing record in the opening game|
New England won at Tennessee behind QB Tom Brady (236 yards and two TD passes) and running back Stevan Ridley, who gained 125 yards on the ground with a TD and a defensive effort that limited Titans' RB Chris Johnson to just four yards rushing in the game. The Patriots defense also scored a touchdown off a fumble return . . . Detroit overcame a sour start by QB Matthew Stafford (three picks) to rally in the closing seconds for a 27-23 home victory against St. Louis. Stafford connected with Kevin Smith on a five-yard scoring pass for the win . . . Atlanta went into Kansas City and dismantled the Chiefs, 40-24 behind QB Matt Ryan, who threw for 299 yards and three scores and ran for a touchdown as well . . . The Houston Texans cruised past visiting Miami, 30-10 as the Dolphins were limited to just 275 yards in offense, including 79 yards rushing. Texans' RB Arian Foster ran for two touchdowns while the defense sacked Miami rookie QB Ryan Tannehill three times and also intercepted three passes in the win.
The NFL opener last Wednesday night saw the Dallas Cowboys, behind QB Tony Romo's three touchdown passes, beat the New York Giants on the road, 24-17. Romo threw for 307 yards while running back DeMarco Murray gained 131 yards rushing and WR Kevin Ogletree hauled in eight passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns. Giants' QB Eli Manning was limited to 213 yards passing and one scoring pass in the loss.
The Monday Night Football games for Week One saw the Baltimore Ravens roll to an easy home win, 44-13 over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns while running back Ray Rice scored two rushing touchdowns. The Ravens defense recorded four sacks and also scored a touchdown when safety Ed Reed took an interception back 34 yards.
Out West, the San Diego Chargers scored a road victory to open the season, beating the Oakland Raiders, 22-14 behind five field goals by Nate Kaeding and a touchdown pass from QB Philip Rivers (231 pass yards) to Malcolm Floyd. Raiders' running back Darren McFadden had 13 catches in the loss.