Robert Griffin III brought his Heisman Trophy swagger to New Orleans and made his NFL debut look like a Big Easy.
Showing a veteran's composure by scrambling only when necessary, the dynamic Redskins rookie quarterback tormented New Orleans' defense with 320 yards passing and two touchdowns, and Washington held on for 40-32 victory over the Saints on Sunday.
"I've won a high school state championship and a bowl game in college, but to play in the NFL, the pinnacle of it all, and win your first game against a Hall of Famer in Drew Brees, it's at the top," Griffin said while cradling the game ball he had just been given. "After the game, (Brees) told me he was proud of me. That's big for him to say after he just lost the game."
"Robert did an unbelievable job to play the way that he did in his first game in the National Football League," said Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, marveling at "the poise that he played with and some of the throws that he made."
Peterson returns: His left knee fully healed, Adrian Peterson ran hard -- and often. The Minnesota Vikings finally turned their star running back loose after months of caution, and he rewarded their trust with a typical two-touchdown game in a 26-23 overtime victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
"My legs are loose. Seriously, I'm feeling really good. I'm ready to carry the load," said Peterson who ran 17 times for 84 yards a little more
All about Sanchez: Mark Sanchez helped ease New York Jets fans' concerns about their team's offense, throwing three touchdown passes in a 48-28 rout of the Buffalo Bills.
Sanchez had the offense humming along so well, the fans at MetLife Stadium actually booed Tim Tebow when he failed to gain a yard when he took a direct snap in the second quarter. The video board quickly flashed a sign: "Quiet! Offense At Work!"
Long day for Locker: In his first career start for the Tennessee Titans, Jake Locker threw for 229 yards and a touchdown but had two turnovers and was sacked twice in a 34-13 loss to the New England Patriots.
Locker hurt his left, non-throwing shoulder in the fourth quarter while trying to make a tackle on a fumble recovery. The play was overturned when it was ruled an incomplete pass.
"We would rather him not go in there and tackle anybody," coach Mike Munchak said.
Brady milestones: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's 301st career touchdown pass moved him past John Elway for fifth place in NFL history. Brady also became the 14th player with 40,000 yards passing in his career. He has 40,215 yards, just shy of Johnny Unitas (40,239) for 13th. Brady assumed sole possession of fifth for career wins by a quarterback with 125.
Extra timeout: Replacement officials in Sunday's game between Arizona and Seattle made a mistake by awarding the Seahawks an extra timeout in the closing seconds.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll called timeout with 30 seconds left, but the officials had announced two plays earlier that Seattle used its last one when receiver Doug Baldwin was injured.
The mistake didn't end up having an impact on the game; Seattle failed to score on four plays inside Arizona's 6-yard line as the Cardinals held on for a 20-16 win.