2012 NFL Week One Review: Did The ‘Skins LUCK Out With RG3?!

The stupidest thing you can do to analyze a young quarterback is rely strictly on the numbers he puts up early in the season to determine how good or bad he’s doing. The reality is, there are many different variable that lead to a QB’s early success or struggles that can INFLATE how well he’s actually playing [Roethlisberger in 2004] or underrate how well he’s doing [Peyton Manning in 1998]. But there is ONE intangible quality that you can definitively use to determine how well a young QB is doing: POISE – and Robert Griffin the Third has that in abundance.

1) RGIII Has “IT” – And So Does LUCK

RG3 looked like a BAWSE against the Saints: He went 19 for 26 and passed for 320 yards, 2 TD’s and 0 interceptions. He became the first QB in NFL history to throw for 300 or more yards in winning his NFL debut. With that said, it would be remiss of me to not mention how Andrew Luck played, knowing that they will forever be linked together because they went 1 and 2 in the draft. Luck didn’t have a statistically successful day in the Colts loss to the Bears, but it SHOULD be noted that he played well also, against a MUCH stiffer D. I think the Colts and the ‘Skins both LUCKED out because they have franchise QB’s they can build their teams around for the next decade.

2) The BUCS Will Be The Surprise Team Of The Year

Ever since the start of the summer I have been predicting that Tampa Bay was going to be the SURPRISE team of the year in the NFL for 2012 and everyone called me crazy. But they quietly had an AMAZING off-season by adding go-to-guy Vincent Jackson, a good corner in Eric Wright, a dominant offensive guard in Carl Nicks, a talented RB in Doug Martin, a skilled TE in Dallas Clark and drafted Mark Barron (the dude laying out Steve Smith above) as their new BEASTLY safety. I KNEW They would beat the Panthers, and DON’T be surprised if they give the Falcons a good run to win the NFC South.

3) This Is The Year Julio Jones Becomes ELITE

After flashes of brilliance last year, Julio started 2012 by catching 6 passes for 108 yards and 2 TD’s in Atlanta’s win over Kansas City. Roddy White is still a beast BUT I think it’s safe to say Julio is being prepped to be the man right now.

4) Peyton Is BACK And The Broncos MIGHT Be Contenders

I was VERY skeptical when I heard Sports Illustrated’s Peter King state that the Denver Broncos would be making it to this years Super Bowl, but [not to be TOO reactive] I GET what he was saying. They have a solid running game, a GREAT defence, a DOMINANT offensive line, and NOW a GREAT QB, instead of inaccurate-ass Tebow. They MIGHT have what it takes to win a watered down AFC.

5) Eagle’s Fans: It’s Time To Panic

There’s only ONE word that I can think of to describe Philly’s win in Cleveland: LUCKY. Vick played terrible and threw for 4 picks and the offence was largely lethargic for most of the game. Here’s the problem: They are in the TOUGHEST division in the NFL and that sorry-ass effort is NOT gonna get it done. They need to get their sh*t together, because it only gets tougher after barely scraping by the Browns.

6) Jet’s Fans: RELAX

While Philly fans can overreact, y’all Jets fans need to calm the hell down. Stop with the Super Bowl predictions and ‘Mark Sanchez for MVP’ proclamations – you just beat the BILLS – in week one. Next week you have to play the Steelers and then in week four you have the Niners and week five, the Texans. Let’s wait until AFTER week 5 to make grandiose statements about how your team is gonna do this year.

7) Stop Judging A QB’s WHOLE Career In ONE Game

3 interceptions. This is how a pathetic QB’s career gets off to a start right? A 58.6 passer rating in your first game as a NFL pro is sorry right? Watching your team get beat by more than a TD in your first start is unacceptable correct? Well, it seems most of you would agree and want to LYNCH Brandon Weeden, Ryan Tannehill and Russell Wilson for their subpar performances this Sunday. I say, give them some more TIME to actually play and make mistakes, grow and learn, and eventually develop – abut if they DON’T then it’s perfectly fine to crucify them. Just know this: Peyton Manning threw 3 interceptions, had a 58.6 passer rating, and lost his first game by 9 points in his NFL debut – and he turned out to be pretty good.

Monday Night Football Prediction: {Current Record 0-0}

My two favourite teams are playing so I’m trying not to be TOO biased, but here goes:

I have the RAVENS beating the BENGALS in a close game.

I also, have my RAIDERS winning a VERY close game over the CHARGERS.

This Is Your Conscience

When Lincoln Anthony Blades is not writing for his controversial and critically acclaimed blog ThisIsYourConscience.com, he can be found contributing articles for Uptown Magazine. Lincoln wrote the hilarious and insightful book "You're Not A Victim, You're A Volunteer: How To Stop Letting Love Kick Your Ass". He is also a public speaker who has sat on panels all over North America and the Caribbean.


  1. lincolnanthonyblades

    09/10/2012 at 1:26 AM

    Ladies & Gentlemen, What Are YOUR Thoughts On Week 1 In The NFL? How Did YOUR Team Do?

    And Who Do YOU Have Winning The Monday Night Football Games?

  2. Robert Johnson

    09/10/2012 at 3:11 AM

    My Rams had the Lions man. If they only would've played defense for another minute and 30 seconds. Oh well. Janoris Jenkins and Cortland Finnegan gonna be some problems. Jeff Fisher got them going in the right direction

    • lincolnanthonyblades

      09/10/2012 at 3:14 AM

      I told everyone all day on Twitter that the Rams were my upset pick all week! A lot of people don't realize how much talent that defence really has, but that was a heartbreaking loss!

  3. Adonis

    09/10/2012 at 3:24 AM

    Very simple. It is nice to see the Jets win. But I am not a fan, and I still have them going 6-10, but they are looking like playoff contenders AT LEAST.

    Good for RG3. I want to see more. But he is legit. Saints missing their coach

    What's up with Killa Cam? Felt like he should have won that game.

    GB is looking suspect. And 49ers are overall a great team (personnel), great belicheck like coach, smart qb manager. PLEASE STAY HEALTHY

    I am with you Lincoln, give me 5 weeks of film on a team, then we can evaluate you.

    I'll pick the Bengals & I will pick the Chargers. for Monday night.

    • lincolnanthonyblades

      09/10/2012 at 4:12 AM

      Agreed on the Jets. I still think their schedule is TOO tough for them to make the playoffs.

      Great Bay is still a really good team, but the niners might be the most dominant team in the NFL this year.

      Good luck with the Bengals pick. Those young Ravens looking hungry.

  4. Ameley

    09/10/2012 at 7:19 AM

    Robert Griffin III wanted everyone to know that he wasn't afraid of anyone … including Drew Brees. Does it look like the Saints were a bit out of wack, sure. But this can't be the excuse for the whole season cause they knew he was suspended so at some point they gotta man up.

    Mark Sanchez needed that performance. For his confidence as well as to silence the Tebow Coalition.

    Detroit and Philadelphia will have to take a look because, people aren't just gonna give them the win.

    Andrew Luck's performance was good considering the pressure he was under. I will say that game says more to me about how well the Bears defense played. That gives me confidence in who we got the team.

    Green Bay and NY Giants ….. hmmmm there are more questions there than answers. Let me see both of them after week 2. Can they make adjustments? Can their defense play better? Cause both made Alex Smith and Tony Romo look reallllllll good.

    Tonight — I'll take the Ravens and the Raiders (cause I don't think the Chargers ever really wanna play)

    • Adonis

      09/10/2012 at 7:32 AM

      Green Bay and NY Giants

      Big difference here. The Giants were a fumble & a horse-collar play away from beating the Cowboys. They good money. But there secondary is below average (and got smacked Wed.) so their front four needs to be excellent.

      The Packers defensive personnel outside of Matthews & Woodson is suspect . Aaron Rodgers is their spiritual covering. He needs to put up at least 30 pts/game.

      • Adonis

        09/10/2012 at 7:33 AM

        That 49ers game wasn't as close as indicated

      • MistaHarsh

        09/10/2012 at 12:53 PM

        Agreed Giant are good. They overcome adversity every year thats why they always make it to the Big Show That team is built for it. As far as GB ppl don't realize how horrible that Defense was last year. They won there games by outscoring their opponents but That can only last for so long.

        • lincolnanthonyblades

          09/10/2012 at 1:38 PM

          Nah, there D was actually good. Everyone thinks they were horrible because they gave up the most yards in the league, but they are an opportunistic D, not a shut down D.

      • lincolnanthonyblades

        09/10/2012 at 1:37 PM

        The Giants got too many serious injuries on D. They are starting fourth string cornerbacks.

        Remember the Packers goal is NOT to shut you down – it's to force turnovers and they lead the league in that last year if I'm not mistaken.

  5. MistaHarsh

    09/10/2012 at 1:39 PM

    Forget the Jets looking dominant the Bills looked horrible. They keep touting Fitzpatrick to be some Football intelligent genious because of his havard credentials but he looked more like the harvard school graduate named George W Bush.

    RGIII – scoring 40 points in the Shannahan system itself is an acomplishment.
    TB surprised me but when you think of it they're the same team as 2yrs ago with the addition of great caliber players. If Josh gets out of his slump They'll be contenders again.

    • lincolnanthonyblades

      09/11/2012 at 3:50 AM

      Damn I don't know about CONTENDERS…But they will be a tough ass team tho.

  6. China

    09/10/2012 at 1:43 PM

    Congrats to RG3. The best of the five. It was kind of shady that he went 2nd in the draft. Regardless, he ended up with the organization that is a better fit for him.

    • lincolnanthonyblades

      09/11/2012 at 3:50 AM

      Nah Andrew Luck was GROOMED to be the first pick since he was in high school. It was a foregone conclusion he would go #1 one day since he first stepped foot onto Stanford.

  7. Aboriginal

    09/10/2012 at 11:58 PM

    Don't overreact with RG3 yet, they played the Saints, a team with a virtually non-existent defense. I'm gonna say the same thing I said about Cam Newton for this guy, he might put up good stats but he will not be able to win the game for you in the 4th Quarter. You know why? Black QBs don't want to live up to the stigma of running too much, so they force themselves to stay in the pocket or try avoiding the pressure instead of just letting their instincts take over.

    Quick notes, Jets beat a sorry Buffalo team, Denver gets lucky by playing home against Pittsburgh because Pittsburgh will always be short a starter as long as Ryan Clark is on the team (I believe this is done intentionally for drama by the league scheduling team), the Packers have no defense, only the Saints and Buffalo are worse, and San Fran is the team to beat in the NFC (Im a die-hard Giants fan btw).

    • lincolnanthonyblades

      09/11/2012 at 3:49 AM

      I think RG3 is different than the typical black-athletic QB we've seen in the league. He has real presence and maturity in the pocket and I think that will carry over to when he eventually starts to REALLY get the game.

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