Brady, Manning and Peterson Weren’t Great In Their First Two Games Back Either

Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson had different injuries than Robert Griffin III. They were on different timelines and in different situations, etc. They’re different players, and, like all people everywhere, each is a precious snowflake.

Two games is also a small sample size, I know, but that’s what we have to work with when analyzing post-devastation RGIII. And I’m willing to bet that no one in New England, Denver or Minnesota was calling for Brady, Manning or Peterson to be benched after two games, either.

It’s a good thing, too, because each of them got way better after their first two games back from major injury. Again, that doesn’t necessarily mean anything for anyone else, but it is interesting.

Tom Brady in 2009

Tore his ACL and MCL in the first game of the 2008 season.

First two games of ’09: 62.0% completion percentage, 297 yards/game, 5.9 yards/attempt, 2 TD, 2 INT, 76.8 rating. Team went 1-1, including a one-point win over Buffalo.

Last 14 games of ’09: 66.5% completion percentage, 272 yards/game, 8.2 yards/attempt, 26 TD, 11 INT, 100.3 rating. Team went 9-5.

Peyton Manning in 2012

Missed all of 2011 due to a series of neck surgeries.

First two games of ’12: 68.3% completion percentage, 247 yards/game, 7.8 yards/attempt, 3 TD, 3 INT, 93.9 rating. Team went 1-1.

Last 14 games of ’12: 68.9% completion percentage, 298 yards/game, 11.7 yards/attempt, 34 TD, 8 INT, 107.5 rating. Team went 12-2.

Adrian Peterson in 2012

Tore his ACL and MCL in Week 16 of the 2011 season.

First two games of ’12: 72 rushing yards/game, 4.4 yards/carry, 2 TD. Team went 1-1, including a three-point win over Jacksonville.

Last 14 games of ’12: 140 rushing yards/game, 6.2 yards/carry, 11 TD. Team went 9-5.

Note: Peterson really got better after his first six games.

Robert Griffin III in 2013

Tore his ACL and LCL in January 2013.

First two games of ’13: 62.9% completion percentage, 325 yards/game, 7.3 yards/attempt, 5 TD, 3 INT, 89.6 rating. Team went 0-2.

Last 14 games of ’13: TBD.

7 thoughts on “Brady, Manning and Peterson Weren’t Great In Their First Two Games Back Either”

  1. But… but… but… DID RGIII come back too soon?! Should Mike Shanahan have let him play in the preseason? Is he running too much? too little? is he not the same threat in the read option? should i have not sent him the garlic press from his wedding registry?

  2. Thank you. Perspective.

    I’ll add that the patience should continue for several more weeks, if not the rest of the season. D sucks anyway, y’all.

  3. Part of the perception problem is that we are used to inconsistency from this team. They’ve not put together two winning seasons in a row since ’96-’97 (and ’97 was 8-7-1). We are quick to assume that we’re in for a loosing season now and that the team was not as good as it looked last year. The best predictor of the future is often history.

  4. After the playoffs last year, the conversation among my friends was that 2013 wasn’t going to be a great year and we were likely to miss the playoffs because RGIII would be working his way back from injury, we have a ridiculous $18M cap penalty and didn’t have a 1st round pick. I am happy to see RGIII back playing. I’m happy that the front office didn’t do anything stupid. I’m happy that we are in good shape with cap space for next year. I’m happy that we drafted some secondary help and they are taking their lumps this year. I’m happy that Jordan Reed will prevent us from giving a long term deal to Smokin Fred. I’m happy that Cleveland has 2 1st round picks and we have Capt Kirk.

  5. Anyone else feel like the Skins fans are the ones with patience and perspective, while it’s the outside folks drumming up the “bench RG3, did he come back too soon, read option is dead…” storylines?

    But let’s hear more about what donovan mcnabb thinks, please. Perhaps the girl who played Icebox in Little Giants would like to weigh in on this topic while we’re at it.

  6. Adrian Peterson’s rushing totals the first 6 weeks 2012:
    84, 60, 86, 102, 88, 79

    Next 10 weeks:
    153, 123, 182, 171, 108, 210, 154, 212, 86, 199

    Week 8 would be a more realistic time for RGIII’s knee to be in prime football shape based on a similar timeline.

  7. Yawn… I’m so glad I no longer have the time to listen to local sports radio or read the daily over analysis of all things Washington sports.

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