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NFL Watch // RG3’s Debut Stands Out in Week 1

Robert Griffin III wearing adidas adiZero 5-Star Mid Blackout (2)

words // Brandon Richard

After shipping out a draft’s worth of assets to move up and select him back in April, D.C.’s expectations for rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III are sky high. Following a season in which he claimed the Heisman Trophy and led the Baylor Bears to an Alamo Bowl win, the man they call “RG3” isn’t hiding from the spotlight. It didn’t take long for the Washington Redskins’ new play caller to make an impact. With arguably the toughest match-up for a Week 1 rookie QB in the New Orleans Saints, Griffin showed the world exactly why he was selected second overall and some of the experts thought he had the most upside in the draft.

RG3 didn’t just show the quickness and flair we’ve come to expect from his game – he played with the poise of a veteran. He routinely passed on opportunities to take off and run to stand in the pocket and make quality throws. That’s not to say that the ground threat wasn’t there, as he scrambled for 42 yards on the day. Griffin led a balanced Skin’s attack that hung 40 points on the Saints, coincidentally serving up straight-10s (RG’s jersey number) in each quarter. Griffin finished with 19-of-26 passing with no interceptions and a passer rating of 139.9 in the Skins’ 40-32 season opening victory. Not a bad way to start your career.

Elsewhere, Andrew Luck struggled a bit in the Indianapolis Colts’ 41-21 loss to the Chicago Bears; Peyton Manning looked sharp in an impressive 31-19 Denver Broncos win over the Pittsburgh Steelers; Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys won the season’s first game by a score of 24-17 over the defending champion New  York Giants; Adrian Peterson returned from a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee to help lift the Minnesota Vikings over the Jacksonville Jaguars 26-23 in overtime; San Francisco showed last season was no fluke when they walked into Lambeau and shocked the Green Bay Packers 30-22; and the Baltimore Ravens made an early statement by destroying the division rival Cincinnati Bengals 44-13.

What cleats his the gridiron in Week 1? You can see who wore what in these games and more in today’s NFL Watch.

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NFL Watch // RG3's Debut Stands Out in Week 1

Robert Griffin III wearing adidas adiZero 5-Star Mid Blackout (1)

Robert Griffin III drops back for a pass in the adidas adiZero 5-Star Mid.

Hakeem Nicks wearing Jordan Super.Fly PE Cleats

Hakeem Nicks reels in a catch wearing PE Jordan Super.Fly cleats.

Adrian Peterson wearing adidas adiZero 5-Star Mid Blackout

Adrian Peterson returned to the field in adidas adiZero 5-Star Mid cleats.

Arian Foster wearing Under Armour Nitro Diablo Mid

Arian Foster warms up in the Under Armour Nitro Diablo Mid.

Andre Johnson wearing Jordan Super.Fly PE

Andre Johnson extends to make a grab in a cleated PE version of the Jordan Super.Fly.

Jay Cutler wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro TD PE

Jay Cutler rollin in a PE colorway of the Nike Lunar Superbad Pro TD.

Matt Ryan wearing Nike Vapor Talon Elite 3/4

Matt Ryan runs for a touchdown in the Nike Vapor Talon Elite 3/4.

Cam Newton wearing Under Armour Cam Highlight

Cam Newton debuted his upcoming signature Cam Highlight Under Armour football cleats.

Matthew Stafford wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro TD

Matthew Stafford airs it out in a PE colorway of the Nike Lunar Superbad Pro TD.

Rob Gronkowski wearing Nike Alpha Talon Elite 3/4

Rob Gronkowski spikes the ball in the Nike Alpha Talon Elite 3/4.

Michael Crabtree wearing Jordan Super.Fly PE Cleats

Michael Crabtree runs after making a catch in his Jordan Super.Fly PE cleats.

Peyton Manning wearing Reebok Football Cleats

Peyton Manning scrambles in Reebok football cleats.

LeSean McCoy wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro TD; Michael Vick wearing Nike Vapor Talon Elite

LeSean McCoy carries the rock in the Nike Lunar Superbad Pro TD; Michael Vick looks on in the Nike Vapor Talon Elite 3/4.

Mark Sanchez wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro TD; Tim Tebow wearing Nike Alpha Speed TD

Mark Sanchez leaves the field in the Nike Lunar Superbad Pro TD; Tim Tebow enters in the Nike Alpha Speed TD.

Larry Fitzgerald wearing Nike Vapor Talon Elite Low

Larry Fitzgerald makes his entrance in the Nike Vapor Talon Elite Low.

Josh Freeman wearing Jordan Super.Fly PE Cleats

Josh Freeman tries to avoid taking a sack in PE Jordan Super.Fly cleats.

Joe Flacco wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro TD

Joe Flacco preps in the Nike Lunar Superbad Pro TD.

Ronnie Brown wearing Nike Vapor Talon Elite PE

Ronnie Brown finds an opening wearing a Nike Vapor Talon Elite 3/4 PE.

Author: Brandon Richard
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2 Comments

  1. Jito says:

    Matt Stafford got the toughest jawns, then Cam, then Crabtree…

  2. Bradvid Vaughn says:

    I like Peyton Manning’s cleats. What kind of Reeboks are they?