Finally, the NFL is back. Sort of.
Dallas was able to get 2012 off on the right foot with their victory over Oakland in Monday Night action to cap off the first weak of preseason ball, and, at last, we were able to see some promising rookies and grizzled veterans in action throughout the league. There were un-grizzled veterans, to be sure. I'm just glad we're watching football again.
Some quarterbacks had big first games, perhaps none bigger than that of Colts rookie Andrew Luck. April's No. 1 overall pick impressed in his first outing, throwing two touchdown passes and showing a veteran's poise in the pocket. While the Colts supposedly were rebuilding in 2012, Luck might be worth a few wins for an organization looking to climb out of the AFC South cellar.
But while Indianapolis is secure at quarterback, many teams aren't. Ryan Tannehill and Matt Moore both duked it out in Miami's preseason opener while David Garrard—the team's slated No.1 starter—continues to recover from knee surgery.
Brandon Weeden, who already has been given the starting job by the Cleveland brass, failed to outplay Colt McCoy in limited action. And Seattle rookie Russell Wilson, who was thought to be left out in the cold by Pete Carroll's announcement of Matt Flynn as his starter for their preseason opener, dazzled in his first appearance in a Seahawks uniform.
Other players did not have such great weekends. Chad Johnson found himself out of a job after the Dolphins got wind of his arrest over an alleged domestic dispute. Lee Evans was dropped by Jacksonville, seven months after the wide receiver dropped a pass that would have sent his previous team to the Super Bowl. And don't even get me started on the Browns.
Lead NFL blogger Aaron Nagler and I sort through the winners and losers of the first week of the NFL's preseason. Enjoy our debate in the video above, and leave us your thoughts in the comments below.