Even though it's only been two weeks, one of the NFL's biggest headlines has been the performance of the five rookie quarterbacks, four of them first round draft picks.
And it's been something to see, that's for sure.
In Week One, we saw Robert Griffin III light it up in the Superdome to pull off an upset over the New Orleans Saints in his NFL debut, going 19 of 26 for 320 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. He also boasted a passer rating of 139.2. In Week Two, we still saw him shine brightly, tossing one touchdown while going 20 for 29 with 206 yards, but fall just short of win two against the St. Louis Rams.
But the future looks bright in Washington after two solid weeks by the rookie.
Meanwhile, Cleveland Browns rookie Weeden underperformed greatly against the Philadelphia Eagles, losing 17-16. The Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson did not have a good first week, going 18 of 34 for 151 yards with one touchdown and one interception in a loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Number one overall pick Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts got a quick first taste of an NFL defense against the Chicago Bears, falling 41-21, tossing one touchdown to three interceptions while going 23 of 45 for 309 yards.
Miami Dolphins rookie Ryan Tannehill got plenty of attention as a rookie, and his wife got plenty of looks on Hard Knocks too. Tannehill got his first taste of NFL against the Houston Texans, going 20 of 36 for 219 yards, with no touchdown and three interceptions.
But, these rookies made up for their Week One losses. Indianapolis Colts rookie quarterback Andrew Luck got his first win against the Minnesota Vikings, Weeden got a hard fought win for Cleveland against the Cincinnati Bengals, and Tannehill got a big win against the Oakland Raiders.
Perhaps the most impressive was Wilson's decisive 27-7 victory over the Dallas Cowboys at home in Seattle, where their defense thrived and the stadium showed its reputation as one of the loudest to play in the NFL.
What can we say about the rookies after only two weeks?
Not too much. After all, it's a long season. We still have 14 weeks of football left in the regular season, and what these rookies will do these next 14 will be hard to say. But so far, all of them got a win within the first two weeks of the season, and rookies like RG3 and Luck look like they can make some noise, and teams should not underestimate Wilson despite his short stature as an NFL quarterback.
While the likes of quarterbacks like Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, and Ben Roethlisberger are among the current upper class of quarterbacks, with ones Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan in pursuit, these kinds of rookies are the future of the NFL, and are the hope of the next generation of NFL quarterbacks.