Most Surprising Results from Week 1 in the NFL

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistSeptember 9, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 09:    Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins celebrates a 40-32 win against the New Orleans Saints during the season opener at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The NFL is finally back, and with it comes the upsets and surprises that keeps everyone interested in America's most popular sport.

Many people have made predictions leading up to the regular season; this is the first chance for every team to showcase the work they did over the offseason. However, power rankings and point spreads mean nothing as soon as the first ball is kicked off.

Week 1 proved that with some interesting results. The following, especially, caused more than a few people to turn their heads.


Washington Redskins 40, New Orleans Saints 32

As the second overall pick in the draft, Robert Griffin III has a lot of expectations. Still, few could have predicted that he would have been this good in his first game. He threw for 320 yards with two touchdowns and led his team to a road upset over the Saints.

Griffin completed his first eight passes, including an 88-yard touchdown to Pierre Garcon, and seemed to be in control all game long.

Meanwhile, the Washington defense forced three turnovers and held Drew Brees under 50 percent passing for the first time since 2006. The 'Skins earned the victory, and it will likely be the first of many in the career of the young RG3.


San Francisco 49ers 30, Green Bay Packers 22

It took the Packers until Week 15 to lose their first game last season. This time, it only took one.

The 49ers held the explosive Green Bay offense in check throughout most of the game, holding Aaron Rodgers and Co. to seven points for three-and-a-half quarters. On offense, San Francisco got production from new weapons and old weapons alike.

Randy Moss got his first touchdown with his new club, Mario Manningham added four catches, while team veterans Frank Gore and Vernon Davis had big games as well.

The fact that one Super Bowl contender beat another is not completely surprising, but the 49ers sent a message with this road win in Week 1.


New York Jets 48, Buffalo Bills 28

The New York Jets were favored in this one, but it is impressive how easily they were able to get the W. After the first unit could not get a touchdown during the entire preseason, Mark Sanchez led the team to a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter. By the time Buffalo came alive, the Jets had put 40 points on the board. 

Rookie receiver Stephen Hill provided a boost with 89 yards and two touchdowns, giving the fans reason to have faith in the future. 

Buffalo might be on the way to a rough season, but Jets fans should be encouraged for the first time in months. 


Philadelphia Eagles 17, Cleveland Browns 16

Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden completed only 12 of his 35 passing attempts and threw four interceptions. Trent Richardson rushed for only 2.1 yards per carry.

Somehow, Cleveland was still within a point of pulling the upset.

This is mostly because Eagles quarterback Michael Vick threw four interceptions himself and LeSean McCoy lost a fumble to keep this a game. The team also had 12 penalties for a total of 110 yards. It took a late drive and a touchdown pass to Clay Harbor for Philadelphia to escape with a victory.

The Eagles have a tremendous amount of talent on paper, but they will not be successful if they continue to make these mistakes. Against such a young team like Cleveland, Philadelphia should be able to win by a few touchdowns. If the miscues continue against tougher squads, the Eagles will have another disappointing year.


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