Early Winners and Losers from Week 1: The Jets and RGIII Early Winners

Aaron NaglerNFL National Lead WriterSeptember 9, 2012

We heard it all offseason.

"The Jets can't score." "The Jets can't find the end zone." "Mark Sanchez looks terrible. Wait, so does Tebow."

Well, the Jets are the ones laughing now after utterly destroying the Buffalo Bills Sunday afternoon. From touchdown passes to touchdown runs, to interceptions and returns for touchdowns, the Jets scored in every way possible short of a safety. 

Meanwhile, down in New Orleans, RGIII proved more than worthy of the hype, starting off by throwing an 88-yard touchdown pass and not letting up all afternoon. He'll face tougher defenses as they year goes on, but for this week, he is certainly a big winner. 

As for the other side of the ledger, RGIII's classmates had a rougher go of it. Andrew Luck showed some nice things, but he missed some throws badly. He also learned that he won't have much time to throw behind an atrocious offensive line. 

Brandon Weeden was close to a train wreck. Trent Richardson can only do so much and if he's not careful, Weeden could be benched for Colt McCoy in a couple weeks. He needs to speed up his play and trust his coaching and what he's seen in practice. 

When it comes to Ryan Tannehill, it's hard to say much other than he needs to figure out a way to get the ball over the defensive line. It sounds simple, but the coaches need to break down the tape and look at his release point and decision-making. Once is a fluke. A bunch of times, and it's a problem.