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Daily Slop: Garçon Says He’s OK, Sundberg Breaks Arm; RG3’s Breathtaking Debut one for the Record Books


Redskins vs. Saints: Ten observations |
Major kudos to the defense for not only the game plan but also for the execution. Even on plays that resulted in big gains, the Redskins had tight coverage. London Fletcher was "beaten" by tight end Jimmy Graham twice for long gains. I put beaten in quotes because he was anything but. Fletcher had terrific coverage and forced a perfect pass. But he’s 5-foot-10 and Graham is 6-foot-7. But it wasn’t just him. It was DeJon Gomes in the flats and downfield at safety, using his eyes well on the interception.

Injury Update: Garçon Says He’s OK, Sundberg Breaks Arm " CBS DC
Wide receiver Pierre Garçon, long snapper Nick Sundberg and safety Jordan Bernstein were injured in the 40-32 upset win over the Saints. Following a strong start, Garçon was unable to return to the game after injuring the top of his foot. However, Mike Shanahan stated the x-rays were negative.

RG3 Report: Redskins 40, Saints 32 |
My initial goal was to write five thoughts on Robert Griffin III’s debut. I needed a sixth. Yes, one word could suffice: Wow. Griffin completed 19 of 26 passes for 320 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Redskins’ 40-32 win over New Orleans. But, as usual and because I like to get paid, I have a lot more to say.

Redskins-Saints Winners & Losers | Mr. Irrelevant, a D.C. Sports Blog by the Brothers Mottram
Robert Griffin III – It’s only one game, but … man. For today, at least, Griffin somehow managed to live up to the hype, the multiple draft picks given up, and the insane weight of expectations. He finished with 320 yards on 19-of-26 with 2 touchdowns and no turnovers, after starting the game 8-for-8 for 149 yards and a touchdown; his first incomplete pass as a pro came 17:48 into his NFL career.

Washington Redskins and Robert Griffin Week 1 Thoughts | Fanspeak Washington Redskins Blog
Robert Griffin III: Stats-19 of 26 for 320 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Griffin also had 42 rushing yards on 10 attempts. Robert Griffin had a tremendous game for anyone, but especially for a rookie on the road in week 1. He was extremely efficient with his passing, and did a great job of not trying to do too much for the most part. He bought time in the pocket, and showed pretty good decision making as to when to run or pass. Griffin's speed was a factor as the Saints definitely appeared concerned with his ability to take off an run.

Redskins Postgame Reaction: Shanahan, Griffin III and Garçon Sound Off " CBS DC
Listen here to what Mike Shanahan, Robert Griffin III & many others had to say following the 40-32 week one win in New Orleans.

Redskins fans sing ‘Hail to the Redskins’ in the Superdome - DC Sports Bog - The Washington Post
Even from Northwest D.C., it was clear that there was a strong contingent of Redskins fans in New Orleans this weekend, from Saturday’s pictures of burgundy-filled Bourbon Street to Sunday’s audible-on-TV chants of "RGIII" late in Washington’s win to the players’ post-game pictures.

What was real, and what was a mirage against the Saints?
I’m not sure I remember off top when the last time the Redskins were the talk of the NFL for playing well. The Falcons, Bears and Texans were probably equally happy with their openers, but only maybe the Jets had a win and sharp performance that was as unexpectedly nationally as Washington’s. And none of them beat teams the caliber of the Saints.

Saints say Redskins’ approach with Griffin didn’t surprise them
The New Orleans Saints weren’t surprised by what the Washington Redskins did Sunday with rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, they said. They just couldn’t stop it.

Rookie QB debuts don’t go so well, with one obvious exception | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
From the blog Shutdown Corner: Cam Newton comes along, then he's followed by Robert Griffin III, and the world thinks it will be easy for every rookie quarterback coming into the NFL. There's a reason rookie quarterbacks struggled for the first nine decades of NFL … Continue reading →

Robert Griffin III breathes life into Redskins - NFC East Blog - ESPN
The defense doesn't always watch its own offense very closely, choosing instead to spend its time on the sideline getting its rest, going over the plays of the drive just past and the plans for the next one. But now that Robert Griffin III is their quarterback, the Washington Redskins' defenders find they can't help themselves.

Need to Know: Points soar for Redskins - Rich Tandler's Real Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, September 10, the day after Robert Griffin III had one of the best NFL debuts that any quarterback has ever had. For some, the points soared The Redskins were part of one of the highest-scoring opening weekends in NFL history. They were one of four teams to score at least 40 points yesterday; the others were the Jets (48-28 over Bills), Bears (41-21 over Colts), and Falcons (40-24 over the...

Redskins Nation, meet Alfred Morris

Rookie running back Alfred Morris has a great debut for the Redskins, running for two touchdowns against the Saints.

Ovechkin's advice for RG3

Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin knows what it's like to begin a pro career in Washington under an intense spotlight.

Shanahan: 'This is a different football team' - Rich Tandler's Real Redskins

RG3’s breathtaking debut one for the record books - Washington Times

Robert Griffin III tossed a football back and forth from his right hand to his left late Sunday afternoon inside a cramped room at the bottom of the Superdome. Still wearing his game jersey, pants and shoulder pads, the Washington Redskins' beacon of hope chatted with dozens of reporters who came here knowing they would witness the beginning of an era but unsure of how the details would unfold.

Peyton Manning, Robert Griffin III lead Denver, Washinton to wins as 2012 NFL season opens - Peter King -

I'll take you through the stories of an eventful Week 1 of the NFL season, but shouldn't that be singular? As in, "story?" Peyton Manning turned the clock back Sunday night, and he got the Super Bowl express rolling in Denver. He had help -- his weaponry on offense, and Tracy Porter's first interception return for touchdown since the Super Bowl-clincher off one Peyton Manning -- but it was a night to revel in the return of one of the greatest quarterbacks ever.