There was a lot to like about how the Washington Redskins opened the season against the New Orleans Saints. It isn't easy to march into New Orleans and take the Saints by storm. The Redskins did just that and left with a 40-32 win. Sure there were issues, but to get a win on opening day is a great way to start the season.
Robert Griffin III was simply spectacular in his NFL regular season debut. The rookie out of Baylor completed 19-of-26 passes for 320 yards and two touchdowns. He also scrambled for 42 yards. The poise the rookie showed was dynamic. His pocket presence and control of the Redskins offense was something I haven't seen since I have been alive. Even when the Redskins won the Super Bowl in 1991, Mark Rypien didn't have that kind of poise.
Alfred Morris proved that he can run in the NFL. The sixth round pick out of Florida Atlantic ran 28 times for 96 yards and two touchdowns. Not a bad game from somebody that we weren't even sure would start the game for the Redskins. Head coach Mike Shanahan said he would ride the hot hand when speaking about the Washington backfield. Morris hogged the majority of the carries and only left other backs Evan Royster and Roy Helu Jr. two carries apiece.
Pierre Garcon made his Redskins debut in a big way catching four balls for 109 yards and a touchdown. The big splash came on an 88 yard slant for RGIII's first career touchdown pass. Garcon left the game with a foot injury, but he should be poised for a monster season for the burgundy and gold.
Billy Cundiff made his Redskins debut a great one as far as I am concerned. He made 4-of-4 field goals and 4-of-4 extra points. In addition to his clutch solid field goal kicking, he kicked every kickoff into the endzone, limiting any Saints return game. Being able to do that is huge.
The special teams breakdown that allowed the Saints to block a Sav Rocca punt was simply inexcusable. Martez Wilson came up the middle unblocked for an easy punt block and Courtney Roby recovered for an easy touchdown before the half. This should never happen. Later in the game Rocca dropped the snap, but was able to punt the ball rugby style to avoid another potential disaster. The special teams play when it came to punting was disastrous and will surely need to be tightened up fast.