Wow! Where do I begin?
Week 3 was one of the wildest, wacky and head-spinning weekends that the NFL has ever seen, with Monday Night Footballâ€™s Simultaneous-catchgate topping it all off. Not to mention there were three exhilarating OTâ€™s game this week.
There is so much to digest.
Youâ€™ll read all about it here, as I dissect and analyze the weekend that was. So, without further ado, here is the Weekend 411 from FP911
Stud of the week
Jamaal Charles: Kansas City Chiefs
Jamaal Charles is back!
Charles quelled all doubts about his health and role with the Chiefs by banging out 233 rushing yards and a touchdown while chipping in with five receptions for 55 yards as well.
Other studs of note: Andre Brown, Maurice Jones-Drew, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Santonio Holmes, Drew Brees, Andy Dalton, A.J. Green, Jake Locker, Mikel Leshoure, Calvin Johnson, Nate Washington, Christian Ponder, Matt Ryan, Tony Gonzalez, Larry Fitzgerald, Ben Roethlisberger, Carson Palmer, Darren McFadden, Mike Wallace, Matt Schaub, Peyton Manning, Arian Foster, Eric Decker, Tom Brady, Joe Flacco, Ray Rice, Torrey Smith, Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd.
Dud of the week
Rob Gronkowski: New England Patriots
After scoring in two straight games, Gronkowski was completely quiet in Sunday nightâ€™s game hauling in only two passes for a measly 21 yards. Much more was expected out of Gronkowski.
Other duds of note: Â Brandon LaFell, Shonn Greene, Marques Colston, Chris Johnson, Kevin Smith, Randy Moss, Sam Bradford, Vincent Jackson, Mike Williams, Jason Witten, Phil Rivers, Antonio Gates, DeSean Jackson, Brent Celek, Isaac Redman , Jonathan Dwyer, Demaryius Thomas, Stevan Ridley, Steven Jackson, Jordy Nelson and Sidney Rice.
Rookies of impact
Andrew Luck: Indianapolis Colts
Luck showed off his great athleticism on Sunday, passing for 313 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing for an additional 50 yards on the ground.
T.Y. Hilton: Indianapolis Colts
The Coltsâ€™ third round pick Hilton looked real comfortable with Luck on Sunday catching four passes for 113 yards and a touchdown. With that being the case, Hilton might make for a good pickup.
Robert Griffin III: Washington Redskins
Griffin was at it again on Sunday, passing for 221 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for 85 yards and a touchdown.
Armon Binns: Cincinnati Bengals
The undrafted Binns is carving out a niche for himself in the Bengalsâ€™ offense and with more outings like he had on Sunday (three catches for 63 yards and a touchdown), he can make for an intriguing waiver wire add.
Russell Wilson: Seattle Seahawks
Granted his last touchdown pass shouldnâ€™t have counted, Wilson still showed why the Seahawks love him so much. Wilson was solid and efficient through the air (130 passing yards and two touchdowns) and on the ground (three carries for 18 yards).
Injuries of impact
C.J. Spiller: Buffalo Bills
A sprained AC joint cold sideline Spiller a couple of weeks.
Reggie Bush: Miami Dolphins
A knee injury knocked Bush out of commission on Sunday but an MRI revealed no structural damage and he could possibly play next Sunday.
Matt Stafford: Detroit Lions
Stafford suffered a muscle pull in Sundayâ€™s loss to the Titans and indications are Stafford could be sidelined at least for one week.
Peyton Hillis: Kansas City Chiefs
Hillis had to sit from the sidelines with an ankle injury and watch Jamaal Charles run wild. Hillis will most likely be out a week or perhaps more.
Beanie Wells: Arizona Cardinals
A toe injury knocked Wells out of Sundayâ€™s game and it may be a case of turf toe. Wells will most likely be questionable for Sunday.
Darrius Heyward-Bey: Oakland Raiders
Heyward-Bey was involved a violent helmet-to-helmet collision and suffered a concussion and a neck strain as a result. It could have been a lot worse, but the Raiders will definitely play it cautious with this injury.
Jared Cook: Tennessee Titans
Cook suffered a shoulder injury on Sunday, but the feeling is he will probably be back next week.
Willis McGahee: Denver Broncos
McGahee left Sundayâ€™s game with neck injury and his status for Sunday could be in doubt.
Breakouts of note (waiver wire material)
Ramses Barden: New York Giants
The Giants might have found their third-receiving option behind Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz. The big-bodied Barden was very impressive on Thursday night, recording nine catches for 138 yards.
Tashard Choice: Buffalo Bills
Choiceâ€™s value hinges on the status of Fred Jackson (who as sated before might be back this week), but after racking up 91 yards on 20 carries spelling C.J. Spiller on Sunday, Choice is at least a good handcuff option to consider.
Bilal Powell: New York Jets
Shonn Greene (2.1 YPC) was very mediocre on Sunday while Powell shined in his limited carries (4.5 YPC). Greene has the job for now, but for how long?
Jeremy Kerley: New York Jets
Trusting a Jetsâ€™ receiver is tough, but Kerley showed some nice athleticism in Sundayâ€™s win over the Dolphins by hauling in two catches for 73 yards and a score.
Nate Burleson: Detroit Lions
Like James Jones and Devery Henderson, Burleson is player whoâ€™ll post incredible numbers some weeks (in this instance 10 catches for 69 yards and a TD on Sunday) but go invisible in others. Buyer beware.
Kyle Rudolph: Minnesota Vikings
There may be something brewing in Minneapolis between Rudolph and Christian Ponder. Rudolph was Ponderâ€™s main man in the red zone in the Vikings upset win over the 49ers when he made five catches for 36 yards and two touchdowns.
Damaris Johnson: Philadelphia Eagles
Admittedly I donâ€™t know a lot about Johnson, but on day when the Eagles were down Jeremy Maclin, Johnson impressed, as he hauled in five receptions for 84 yards.
Heath Miller: Pittsburgh Steelers
Like Rudolph, Miller is quickly emerging as Ben Roethlisbergerâ€™s favorite red zone threat. Miller had two more TD catches on Sunday while also posting eight receptions for 60 yards.
Kevin Walter: Houston Texans
Much like Burleson, Walter is a boom or bust type receiver who has been given his chances before. That said, he looked good on Sunday when he recorded three catches for 73 yards and a score.
Brandon Stokley: Denver Broncos
Although Stokley connected with Peyton Manning on Sunday (six receptions for 73 yards and a TD), Iâ€™ve seen enough of Stokley to know that performances like he posted on Sunday will be few and far between.
Danny Woodhead: New England Patriots
Woodhead posted a nice line on Sunday night (15 carries for 34 yards and a touchdown) but I think it was more of a matchup-type situation and Stevan Ridley should go back to being the Patsâ€™ lead rusher.
Jacoby Jones: Baltimore Ravens
Jones (three catches for 86 yards) is another in a long line of wide receivers who have flourished in spurts before, but trusting him on a week-to-week basis is just too risky.
Golden Tate: Seattle Seahawks
Sure, one of his two touchdowns on Monday Night should not have counted, but Tate did show some great explosiveness on the night regardless, recording three catches for 68 yards.
Other interesting tidbits to chew on:Â Mohamed Sanuâ€™s tricky wildcat-style pass to A.J. Green definitely caught me by surpriseâ€¦ That Lions-Titans OT thriller had it all: painful injuries, insane turnovers, loads of offense, no defense and one of the best endings of the yearâ€¦It was nice to see Torrey Smith shine on Sunday night given the circumstances (his brother died in a motorcycle accident the night before) and prayers definitely go out to his familyâ€¦
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