When the 2012 NFL season starts on Sunday, it will mark the beginning of several illustrious careers for some of the top rookies in this year's class.
With the growing impact of rookies in the NFL, several key newcomers could make or break their teams' playoff chances this season. The rookies that usually have the biggest impact are the offensive players.
Here are some of the key offensive rookies to keep an eye on in Sunday's games:
Going against the Chicago Bears and their top-tier defense, the NFL debut for Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck may not be too pleasant. But if he plays like he did in the preseason, it could be a whole other story.
Luck threw for an impressive 522 yards and three touchdowns in the preseason, and looked more than comfortable as a starting quarterback in the NFL.
Sunday's game against Chicago will give Luck a chance to show that he is ready for the NFL, and that he could lead the Colts to a respectable record this season.
After missing the whole preseason with a knee injury, running back Trent Richardson is expected to play tomorrow for the Cleveland Browns as they take on the Philadelphia Eagles.
Going up against one of the best defensive lines in the NFL, the Browns will rely heavily on Richardson when he is in the game. He won't be able to handle a full workload, but his presence will still be felt as the passing game will surely struggle for Cleveland, making Richardson the key to the offense.
While he certainly as a chance to win Offensive Rookie of the Year, Sunday could be a struggle for Richardson. Working his way back into football shape will take time, but he still could make an impact against the Eagles.
Perhaps the rookie who could have the most success on Sunday is Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.
After beating out Matt Flynn for the starting job, Wilson appears to be primed to have a breakout year for the Seahawks. In four preseason games, Wilson threw for 536 yards and five touchdowns. He also added 150 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown on 10 attempts.
Going against a Cardinals team that will struggle to score points, Wilson should be able to lead the Seahawks to an easy week one victory.
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