Despite Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins struggles in their season opener, the first Monday night regular season game broke several ratings records as fans tuned in to watch the return of the second year quarterback. The game showcased the Redskins against the Philadelphia Eagles, and achieved the highest first week rating ever on ESPN.
The game finished with 11.6 overnight rating, which broke the previous rating of the Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets back in 2010. Although the game was sloppy at times, fans tuned in to see how Griffin III would rebound after surgery for a torn ACL. The other area of interest resided on the opposing sideline, which saw rookie head coach Chip Kelly implement his run and gun offensive scheme. Both story lines had their ups and downs throughout the game, and allowed for an exciting 33-27 finish in favor of the Eagles.