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Wednesday, August 26, 2009
A look at rookie QBs in Week 1


Rookie Quarterbacks To Start Week 1, Last 10 Seasons



Year
QB
Team
Result


2008
Matt Ryan
Falcons
W, 34-21



2008
Joe Flacco
Ravens
W, 17-10



2005
Kyle Orton
Bears
L, 9-7



2003
Kyle Boller
Ravens
L, 34-15



2002
David Carr
Texans
W, 19-10



2001
Chris Weinke
Panthers
W, 24-13



2001
Quincy Carter
Cowboys
L, 10-6









Notable Rookie QBs and how they fared starting Week 1:


1989 -- Troy Aikman
Aikman struggled in a Week 1 start for the Cowboys as the Saints won, 28-0. Aikman threw for only 180 yards and had two interceptions.


1998 -- Peyton Manning
Manning opened his Colts career as the starter and lost to the Dolphins, 24-15. Manning threw for 302 yards and three interceptions.


1998 -- Ryan Leaf
Leaf's not-so-memorable career got off to a good start, a 16-14 win over Buffalo. Leaf threw for a TD and had two interceptions.


2002 -- David Carr
In the first game in Texans history, David Carr led Houston to a huge victory over the Cowboys, 19-10. Carr threw for 145 yards and two touchdowns.


2008 -- Joe Flacco
Flacco started for the Ravens in Week 1 last season, leading Baltimore over Cincinnati, 17-10. Flacco didn't throw for a touchdown, but he ran for a 38-yard score.


2008 -- Matt Ryan
Matt Ryan started for Atlanta in Week 1, beating Detroit, 34-21. He threw a touchdown pass on his first attempt, a 62-yard strike to Michael Jenkins, and finished 9-for-13 for 161 yards.