Week 2 did not disappoint, as there were plenty of exciting finishes, awesome performances and bizarre occurrences. As usual there were plenty of studs, dud and breakout performances to discuss.
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
Eli Manning: New York Giants
While Manning did throw three interceptions, he more than made up for it by passing for a whopping 510 yards and three touchdowns. Manning probably carried many owners to victories this week.
Other studs of note: Â Reggie Bush, Arian Foster, Ben Tate, Andy Dalton, Dwayne Bowe, C.J. Spiller, Matt Cassel, Michael Vick, Brent Celek, DeSean Jackson, Percy Harvin, Cam Newton, Drew Brees, Pierre Thomas, Darren Sproles, Vincent Jackson, Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, Danny Amendola, Marshawn Lynch, Carson Palmer, Phil Rivers, Malcom Floyd, Ben Roethlisberger, Vernon Davis, Willis McGahee and Roddy White.
Dud of the week
Larry Fitzgerald: Arizona Cardinals
There were plenty of candidates here, but Fitzgerald takes the cake here with only one reception for a measly four yards. If your team upends the Patriots on the road, you would think â€œFitzâ€ would be involved, but nope he was a total non-factor.
Other duds of note: Â Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall, Jermichael Finley, Darren McFadden, Blaine Gabbert, Greg Olsen, Andre Johnson, Jamaal Charles, Torrey Smith, Anquan Boldin, Donald Brown, Beanie Wells, Marques Colston, Fred Davis, Santana Moss, DeMarco Murray, Dez Bryant, Kevin Ogletree, Chris Johnson, Jared Cook, Nate Washington, Mark Sanchez, Shonn Greene, Jonathan Dwyer, Isaac Redman, Titus Young, Randy Moss and Julio Jones.
Rookies of impact
Lamar Miller: Miami Dolphins
Although he is clearly behind Reggie Bush on the Dolphins running back depth chart, Miller could have permanently moved past Daniel Thomas with his performance on Sunday, when he ran for 65 yards and one touchdown on 10 carries.
Ryan Tannehill: Miami Dolphins
After an ugly performance in his debut, Tannehill showed the skills on Sunday that made him such a coveted prospect in the first place. Tannehill looked poised in the pocket while passing for 200 yards and a touchdown while also scoring an additional touchdown on the ground.
Brandon Weeden: Cleveland Browns
Just like Tannehill, Weeden improved by leaps and bounds in his second game, as he posted 322 passing yards and two touchdowns.
Trent Richardson: Cleveland Browns
The most-hyped rookie running back entering the NFL this year delivered on his promise this week, when he rushed for 109 yards and a touchdown while also recording four catches for 36 yards and a touchdown.
Andrew Luck: Indianapolis Colts
Luck was much more efficient in Week 2, as he passed for 224 yards and two touchdowns while throwing no interceptions.
Robert Griffin III: Washington Redskins
RGIII was splendid once again and just has the looks of a future star. On Sunday, Griffin threw for 206 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 82 yards and two touchdowns.
Daryl Richardson: St. Louis Rams
It appears that Richardson and not Isaiah Pead, is Steven Jacksonâ€™s main backup in St. Louis. Â Richardson looked good on Sunday en route to him racking up 83 yards on 15 carries.
Russell Wilson: Seattle Seahawks
Rookie quarterbacks had a great day across the board this weekend, and Wilson was no different. Wilson looked great in the Seahawks’ route of the Cowboys, as he was 15-20 for a 151 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for an additional 28 yards.
Injuries of impact
Matt Forte: Chicago Bears
Forte will likely be out anywhere from 2-6 weeks with an ankle sprain.
Aaron Hernandez: New England Patriots
It looks like Hernandez will be out of commission for a few weeks with a high ankle sprain.
Ahmad Bradshaw: New York Giants
Early in the Giantsâ€™ victory over the Buccaneers, Bradshaw had to leave the game with a neck injury. The team is saying itâ€™s a mild sprain, but they could play this one cautious seeing is that they play on Thursday night.
Jeremy Maclin: Philadelphia Eagles
Maclin will likely continue to be questionable with a hip pointer again.
Steven Jackson: St. Louis Rams
A groin injury could slow Jackson down in the coming weeks.
Breakouts of note (waiver wire material)
Brandon Myers: Oakland Raiders
Itâ€™s hard to see Myers becoming a focal point in the Raidersâ€™ offense, but he was impressive on Sunday nonetheless with six catches for 86 yards.
Brian Hartline: Miami Dolphins
From time to time, Hartline can be useful like he was on Sunday (nine receptions for 111 yards) but it will be hard for him to sustain those type of numbers going forward.
Mohamed Massaquoi: Cleveland Browns
Massaquoi has been impressive before, so itâ€™s going to take a lot more than a solid outing (five receptions for 90 yards) to get owners to start scooping him off the waiver wire.
Brandon Tate: Cincinnati Bengals
Tate has shown big-play ability before, but weâ€™re going to need to see more of this (three receptions for 71 yards and a touchdown) before we can start to trust him.
Christian Ponder: Minnesota Vikings
The sophomore signal-caller looked good on Sunday (27-35 for 245 yards and two touchdowns) while trying to go toe to toe with Andrew Luck. Ponder makes for a solid backup QB.
Donnie Avery: Indianapolis Colts
Someone has to emerge as a second wide receiving option opposite Reggie Wayne in Indianapolis. Why not Avery? Avery did well enough on Sunday (nine receptions for 111 yards) to be considered a flier.
Andre Brown: New York Giants
With Bradshaw going down with a neck injury and David Wilson in Tom Coughlinâ€™s doghouse, Brown came in on Sunday and did well enough (13 carries for 71 yards and a touchdown) that he should be considered a good handcuff for Bradshaw owners.
Martellus Bennett: New York Giants
Now that he has scored in two straight games, it may be time we start taking the emergence of Bennett seriously.
Sam Bradford: St. Louis Rams
Now that he appears to be fully healthy, Bradford looks like he is ready to rebound in 2012 and make for a solid start in some leagues. On Sunday, Bradford was marvelous when he put up 310 passing yards and three touchdowns.
Leonard Hankerson: Washington Redskins
Hankerson has a lot of talent and he could become a weapon RGIII starts to lean on if he puts up more performances like he had on Sunday (two receptions for 68 yards and one touchdown).
Jackie Battle: San Diego Chargers
Battle, who was once a hot pickup for when Jamaal Charles went down with an injury last year, also filled in admirably (14 carries for 69 yards and two touchdowns) on Sunday with the Chargers still down Ryan Mathews. However, since Mathews is expected back any day now, you should take a wait and see approach with Battle.
Dante Rosario: San Diego Chargers
Also filling in on a whim for the Chargers was Rosario. The tight end, who was stepping up in the absence of Antonio Gates, was spectacular while recording four receptions for 48 yards and three touchdowns. Unless Gates is out for a prolonged period of time, Rosario is someone you should not bother adding.
Other interesting tidbits to chew on: Â Josh Morgan should be cut from the Redskins for the unacceptable unsportsmanlike penalty he had that took the Redskins out of field goal range, which resulted in the Redskins losing their game at St. Louisâ€¦What was Greg Schiano trying to prove when he ordered his team to bum-rush Eli Manning when all the Giants were trying to do was kill the clock. I canâ€™t blame Coughlin for getting angry with Schiano for thatâ€¦Kudos to those who thought the Arizona Cardinals could take down the Patsâ€™ at home. I for one (and probably millions more), am now eliminated from my knockout poolâ€¦I donâ€™t know if it is the absence of Sean Payton, the â€œBountygateâ€ scandal or what, but the Saints do not look like they are in synch with each otherâ€¦
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