Well, Week 1 has come and gone and itâ€™s finally great to have NFL football back.
We had the usual studs step up, while some studs took Week 1 off. We also had some great rookie and breakout performances to speak of this weekend.
Youâ€™ll read all about it here, as I dissect and analyze the weekend that was. Without further ado, here is the Weekend 411 from FP911
Stud of the week
Matt Ryan: Atlanta Falcons
There was a lot of hype attached to Ryanâ€™s name this preseason and Ryan delivered the goods in Week 1. Ryan dismantled the Chiefsâ€™ secondary en route to 299 yards on 23-31 passing and three touchdowns. Ryan also ran in a score as well. Those who waited a few rounds on Draft Day for a quarterback like Ryan could be handsomely rewarded this year.
Other studs of note: Ray Rice, Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray, Julio Jones, Drew Brees, Pierre Garcon, Lance Moore, Matt Stafford, Kevin Smith, Stevan Ridley, Arian Foster, Andre Johnson, Mark Sanchez, C.J. Spiller, Shonn Greene, Adrian Peterson, Jay Cutler, Matt Forte, Reggie Wayne, Brandon Marshall, Aaron Rodgers, Frank Gore, Â Peyton Manning, Demaryius Thomas and Joe Flacco.
Dud of the week
Chris Johnson: Tennessee Titans
Drafted with the thought that last year was a fluke because of his contract-holdout issues, Johnson had a lot to live up to this year. Well, Johnson began the 2012 campaign by laying a big-fat turd, only accumulating 51 total yards (and only four yards rushing on 11 carries for an epically bad 0.4 YPC). If Johnson canâ€™t get it going next week vs. the Chargers next week, we could be looking at 2011 all over again.
Other duds of note: Michael Turner, Peyton Hillis, Trent Richardson, Greg Little, Evan Royster, Roy Helu, Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram, Titus Young, Â Wes Welker, Dustin Keller, Justin Blackmon, DeAngelo Williams, Beanie Wells, Ryan Williams, Cedric Benson, Greg Jennings, Â Isaac Redman and Ronnie Brown.
Rookies of impact
Robert Griffin III: Washington Redskins
What can I say? RGIII looked like the real deal and the second coming of Cam Newton.
Newton sliced up the Saintsâ€™ secondary on his way to throwing for 320 yards passing and two touchdowns while also rushing for an additional 42 yards on 10 carries.
You can begin to start Griffin as a No.1 QB with confidence now.
Doug Martin: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Although he didnâ€™t find pay dirt, Martin was a big part of the Bucsâ€™ offense on Sunday and a main reason why Tampa Bay was victorious.
Martin was solid on the ground (95 yards on 24 carries) and through the air (four receptions for 23 yards) and the Ray Rice clone certainly made a great first impression.
Stephen Hill: New York Jets
Where was this Jetsâ€™ offense in the preseason?
Well, the Jets certainly revealed they had an ace up their sleeve with Hill, as the rookie wideout was fantastic. Hill racked up 89 yards receiving while also scoring twice.
The rush to the waiver wire to add Hill will be fast and furious.
Andrew Luck: Indianapolis Colts
True, Luck did throw three picks but he did enough otherwise to still impress on the day.
Playing in Chicago is no walk in the park and for Luck to still pile up 309 yards passing was pleasant nonetheless.
Luck should only do better at home.
Coby Fleener: Indianapolis Colts
One of the main beneficiaries of Lucksâ€™ passes was his old Stanford teammate Fleener.
The two of them continued their solid chemistry on Sunday afternoon, as Fleener recorded six catches for 82 yards. Expect Luck throwing to Fleener to be an ongoing theme this year and beyond in Indianapolis.
Alshon Jeffery: Chicago Bears
Jeffery was also impressive on Sunday, showing off the skills that made him a coveted wide receiver prospect.
Jeffery racked up 80 yards to go with a touchdown on Sunday. Look for the rapport between Jeffery and Cutler to only grow with experience.
Injuries of impact
Fred Jackson: Buffalo Bills
It could be Spiller time this year in Buffalo again, as Jackson looks to be sidelined for at least a month with a knee injury.
Jake Locker:Â Tennessee Titans
A shoulder injury could derail the growth of Locker in the early stages of this season.
David Nelson: Buffalo Bills
Nelsonâ€™s season is done due to a torn ACL.
John Skelton: Arizona Cardinals
A sprained ankle will probably keep Skelton out a week or two; not that he should be on your roster anyway.
Greg Jennings: Green Bay Packers
Jennings will be a risky play this week with a groin issue.
Nate Washington: Tennessee Titans
Washington suffered a leg contusion and will likely be questionable for Sunday.
Breakouts of note (waiver wire material)
Kevin Ogletree: Dallas Cowboys
Looking for the next Laurent Robinson in the Cowboysâ€™ offense? Try Ogletree on for size.
Ogletree was fabulous in Wednesdayâ€™s opener by recording eight receptions for 114 yards and two touchdowns.
Martellus Bennett: New York Giants
If Kevin Boss and Jake Ballard could make for serviceable tight ends in the Giantsâ€™ offense, just think what the athletically-gifted Bennett could do.
Bennett was solid on Wednesday, catching four passes for 40 yards and a touchdown.
Alfred Morris: Washington Redskins
Handicapping how Mike Shanahan will use his running backs is an exercise in futility, but if he doesnâ€™t go back to the well and feed Morris again,then weâ€™ll have some problems.
Morris dominated the carries over Evan Royster and Roy Helu, as Morris had 28 carries for 96 yards and two touchdowns, while Royster and Helu combined for four carries and 12 carries.
Blaine Gabbert: Jacksonville Jaguars
Not much was expected out of the sophomore signal-caller, but Gabbert was pretty impressive on Sunday, throwing for 260 yards and two touchdowns.
Cecil Shorts: Jacksonville Jaguars
The second-year receiver Shorts could step up and be a threat for Gabbert while rookie Justin Blackmon learns the nuances of the game.
Shorts was solid on Sunday, recording four receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown and even scored the go ahead touchdown with 20 seconds left before Minnesota won on a field goal in the closing seconds of the game.
James Jones: Green Bay Packers
Almost every year you can find Jonesâ€™ name on the waiver wire.
While Jones posted a nice stat line (four receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown), do realize that he is still behind Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson and perhaps even Randall Cobb on the Packersâ€™ wide receiver depth chart.
Andrew Hawkins: Cincinnati Bengals
The speedy, shifty Hawkins made quite an impression on Monday night by accumulating 86 yards on eight receptions.
The undrafted second-year receiver looks like he is ascending up the Bengalsâ€™ wide receiver depth chart and he is a player definitely worth monitoring.
Dennis Pita: Baltimore Ravens
Could this be the year the talented tight end finally breaks through?
Well now entering his third-year, Pita has the looks of a refined tight end. Pita looked good on Monday when he hauled in five catches for 73 yards and a touchdown.
Other interesting tidbits to chew on: Â If it wasnâ€™t for replay, these replacement officials would be epically bad, as if they werenâ€™t alreadyâ€¦The Eagles and the Lions sure did make the people that picked them in knockout pools sweat, huh?…Words donâ€™t do enough justice to just how impressive Adrian Peterson was after coming back from major knee injuriesâ€¦The look on David Akersâ€™ face when he nailed an NFL-record 63-yard field goal was pricelessâ€¦and by the looks of it, would you have guessed Peyton Manning sat out all of last year? Boy, did he look good.
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