With all the talk about the pressures of Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan, they actually played outstanding providing wins for their respective teams. Ryan was 9/13 for 161 yards and 1 TD (although Michael Turner was the real star of that game, rushing for 220 yards on 22 carries and 2 scores). Joe Flacco was also impressive, throwing for 129 yards and 15 completions.
Chris Johnson, the Titans running back from East Carolina, might have had the best day of all the rooks. Johnson rushed for 93 yards on 15 carries, and added 34 yards in the air with a score. Johnson has been electrifying in preseason, and it continued into the regular season. Eagles rookie wide receiver DeSean Jackson had a great day, hauling in 6 catches for 106 yards, while also adding 97 yards in punt returns. He will soon be Donovan McNabb’s favorite target.
It seems like the rookies will contribute to another great NFL season.