Well, it’s finally the regular season, and we’ve gotten a look at all four quarterbacks in the division. It was exciting to see that, for the first time in a long time, our quarterback was the best in the division in week one. We have no idea whether that will continue in week two, or if Griffin’s numbers will fall off a bit, but it sure has been a fun week. Last Sunday in New Orleans, we saw our beloved RGIII run, evade the pass rush, lead the offense, confuse the opposing defense, and most importantly, throw touchdowns. It was a glorious day for those of us who have been loyal, and suffered through years and years of bad quarterback play. It will take a few more games like Sunday’s, however, before we stop holding our breath every time the ball leaves his hands.
Michael Vick’s day was less than spectacular, but unfortunately he still found a way to win despite his four interceptions. He also had two fumbles that miraculously were recovered by his own teammates, and on the game-winning drive, he threw the ball right to one of Cleveland’s linebackers in the end zone, but it was dropped. This week, he faces a Ravens defense who doesn’t drop interceptions, so hopefully our Maryland neighbors will take care of the Eagles this week.
Tony Romo had to run for his life in New York last week due to an awful offensive line. Somehow, he was able to over come something like eighty false starts and twenty holding penalties to get the win. He did throw an awful pass into the chest of Giants linebacker Michael Boley, who returned the ball to the two-yard-line. That turned into a quick three points for the Giants, but the Cowboys would ultimately prevail as the beat up New York secondary, starring ex-Redskin spare Justin Tryon, failed to cover Romo’s number three wideout, Kevin Ogletree. Ogletree scored two touchdowns, and inspired all Cowboy fans to claim that they’re Super Bowl bound.
Eli Manning didn’t have great numbers, but it was hardly his fault. His star receiver, Victor Cruz, seemed to be open on nearly every play, but he dropped just about every pass that Eli threw to him. Hakeem Nicks was playing, but it was obvious that he wasn’t fully recovered from his foot injury. The stars of the show for Eli were ex-Cowboy tight end bust Martellus Bennett and kick returner Domenik Hixon, who burned the Cowboys’ overpaid free agent corner Brandon Carr a couple of times. As Nicks gets healthy, and Cruz gets his head on straight, I expect Eli’s numbers to greatly improve.
Here are the total passing stats after week 1:
Griffin: 19-26 320 yards 2 TD 0 INT 2 Sacks 139.9 QB rating
Vick: 29-56 317 yards 2 TD 4 INT 2 Sacks 51.0 QB rating
Romo: 22-29 307 yards 3 TD 1 INT 2 Sacks 129.5 QB rating
Manning: 21-32 213 yards 1 TD 0 INT 3 Sacks 94.9 QB rating
Keep it up Skins! Let’s lead the division in EVERY category this year!!!