Who knew the aftermath of that 1st pass in the 1st week of the 2008 NFL season. Matt Ryan dropped back, read the coverage correctly and delivered an accurate pass to Michael Jenkins, who split the secondary for a 62-yard touchdown.
That play would be the 1st success of many for Matt Ryan, Michael Jenkins, the Atlanta Falcons. On the flip side, it was the 1st of many miscues for Detroit.
Matt Ryan would lead Atlanta to the playoffs, 11 wins and one of the best seasons for a rookie quarterback in NFL history.
Michael Jenkins would have his best season as a pro and show promise to stay in Atlanta, be a great #2 receiver and help the Falcons win.
The Lions would lose the 1st of 16 games to break the all-time worst season in NFL history (Tampa Bay fans thank you). Now, they are heading into 2009 with little hope to turn it around, except that “well, Miami was 1-15 and turned it around the following season.” Well, they don’t have Parcells…or Pennington….or Jake Long….or pieces to build around on defense. Other than Calvin Johnson and a little bit of Kevin Smith, name someone on Detroit’s roster that could make an impact in 2009? Exactly.