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How do Rookie QB's Do On Opening Day?
EJ Manuel will be the 13th rookie quarterback to start on opening day in the NFL since the year 2000. Manuel will no doubt be compared to the Tremendous Trio of 2012 (Luck, RG3 and Russel Wilson) who not only performed like stars, but led their teams in the playoffs. But 2012 was more of the exception than the rule for starters in the NFL, especially on opening day. Manuel and fellow AFC East rookie starter Geno Smith will be the 13th and 14th rookies to be the opening day starter since the new milenenium Here is the good the bad and the ugly from those starts
Robert Griffin III (Redskins) 2012 Beat the New Orleans Saints by going 19-26 for 320 yards with 2 touchdowns.
Matt Ryan (Falcons) 2008 Beat the Lions. Ryan threw a 61 yard TD on his first pro pass and went 9-13 for 161 yards and a touchdown
Cam Newton (Panthers) 2011 Set a rookie record by going 24-37 for 422 yards and 2 touchdowns with an interception in a loss to the Cardinals
Mark Sanchez (Jets) 2009 Beat Houston by going 19-31 for 272 yards with a TD and an interception
The Bad (or at best Average)
Andrew Luck (Colts) 2012 23-45 for 309 yards in a Colts loss to the Luck had a touchdown but 3 costly interceptions
Russel Wilson (Seahawks) 2012 The surprise Seattle starter went 18-34 for 153 yards with a touchdown and an interception. But his team lost to the Cardinals
Sam Bradford (Rams) 2010 He threw the ball a lot going 32-55 for 253 yards Brandofrd had his first TD but 3 interceptions as his team lost to the Cardinals
Joe Flacco (Ravens) 2008 In a total game manager role, Flacco went 15-29 for 129 yards While he had no touchdowns he did not throw a pick and the Ravens beat the Bengals
Andy Dalton (Bengals) 2011 Dalton made Flacco look like a gunslinger. The Cincy rookie went 10-15 for 81 yards. But like Flacco he did not throw a pick and beat the Browns
Brandon Weeden (Browns) 2012 Weeden looked overmatched against an awful Eagles defense He went 12-35 for 118 yards but threw 4 interceptions in a loss to Philly
Ryan Tannehill (Dolphins ) 2011 Tannehill went 20-36 for 219 yards but was picked off 3 times in Miami's loss to the Texans
Matthew Stafford (Lions) 2009 Stafford , the top pick overall, went just 17-37 for 205 yards but threw 3 interceptions in the loss to the Packers