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Robert Griffin celebrates touchdown pass.
Week 1 of the 2012 NFL regular season was going to be special because the league was going to witness the official starting debut of five different rookie starting quarterbacks, something that hasn't happened in the last 50 years in the NFL.
Out of the five quarterbacks in question, only one of them stepped up on opening day. The other four wound up being ranked in the bottom 10 of the quarterback rankings.
Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III had a magical day to start out his NFL career. After the first week of action around the league, Griffin sits atop the leaderboard of all NFL quarterbacks with a QB passer rating of 139.9.
Griffin completed 19 of 26 passes (73.1 percent) for 320 yards, which is an amazing average of 12.3 yards per attempt. He threw for two touchdowns, had no interceptions and threw for the longest passing play of any quarterback, which was an 88-yard touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon.
Not only did Griffin lead his team to a win on the road, but Griffin defeated Drew Brees in his NFL debut. Griffin also rushed 10 times for 42 yards and was only sacked once. RG3 clearly has the early lead in the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award. His main competition for the award, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, threw three interceptions in his debut.
As for other rookies around the league, New York Jets rookie wide receiver Stephen Hill came up with five receptions for 89 yards and two touchdowns, removing some of the doubts from the preseason that he was too raw.
Chicago Bears rookie wide receiver Alshon Jeffery caught three passes for 80 yards and one touchdown. Jeffery averaged a huge 26.7 yards per catch and is looking like a great complement to Brandon Marshall.
Another solid debut was turned in by Indianapolis Colts rookie tight end Coby Fleener, who came up with six receptions for 82 yards. He didn't have any touchdowns, but continues to be a favorite target of college teammate Andrew Luck, as he was targeted 10 times in the game.