The biggest win for the New Orleans Saints came off the field this week, when the bounty scandal players won their appeal, lifting their suspensions.
The Saints seemed to lack focus in the season opener, or maybe it was an underestimation of Robert Griffin III’s NFL debut. Either way, RGIII forced the team from the Big Easy into a difficult situation, one even Drew Brees couldn’t overcome.
Griffin’s stat-line from Sunday’s game is outstanding for a rookie, proving he may have deserved to go first overall in April's draft. He didn’t, and the Washington Redskins will be grateful he didn’t for years to come.
RGIII went 19-for-26 through the air for 320 yards and two touchdowns. More importantly, the rookie didn’t throw an interception. He also chipped in with 10 rushes for 42 yards.
It seemed like every bounce went the Redskins’ way in Week 1. Griffin fumbled, but the ‘Skins recovered. On the verge of swinging the momentum, the Saints fumble on the goal line and it rolls out the back of the end zone for a touchback.
Despite a tough 40-32 loss to the Redskins, the Saints did some productive things in this one. Here is the most valuable player, least valuable player and top rookie from Week 1.