Blog: ‘Skins show new confidence in RGIII’s debut

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III throws a touchdown pass under pressure from New Orleans Saints free safety Malcolm Jenkins Sunday. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

Rob Woodfork,

WASHINGTON – Ladies and gentlemen of Redskins Nation: At long last, we have a quarterback. And his name is Robert Griffin III.

I know we’re not supposed to read too much into one game, let alone the first game of the season. However, when a guy looks this good right away, I think it’s pretty safe to indulge a little bit.

Let’s put RGIII’s day in historical context, shall we?

Griffin is the first rookie QB in NFL history to pass for 300 yards and 2 touchdowns without throwing any interceptions in his debut game.

His first NFL TD was an 88-yard strike to Pierre Garcon (who ironically wears #88), the longest pass play for Washington since 1971.

His passer rating was 139.9 (not too far off of the perfect 158.3 rating he had at halftime), good for the second-best QB rating for a rookie in Week 1 since Fran Tarkenton’s 148.6 rating in 1961.

It’s hard not to get excited about that.

This is exactly what I meant when I said in WTOP Sports and WTOP on Twitter.

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