In his first NFL game, the second overall pick out of Baylor tossed for 320 yards, two touchdowns in the 42-30 win, reminding euphoric Washington fans what a great quarterback performance looks like after a long period of waiting. That's not to mention a two-touchdown performance by fellow rookie Alfred Morris and a defensive performance featuring two interceptions of Drew Brees, although they did allow 32 points. Joel Thorman was envious, and rewarded the Redskins when putting together his Week 2 NFL Power Rankings by bumping them up III - err, three - spots to No. 16.
16. Washington Redskins (LW: 19, 1-0): This is what every fan base dreams of. You draft a rookie and immediately see the pay off. RGIII was accurate, efficient and, most importantly, his team put up a lot of points on the board. I can't tell you how jealous of Redskins fans I am right now.
We promise not to shift entirely to Roman numerals from here on out, you know, until there's a Super Bowl involved.
Things get a lot easier for Washington after the New Orleans game: while those rankings still have the Saints No. 11 despite the loss, the Redskins' Week 2 opponent, the St. Louis Rams, are quite a bit lower: