With the first week of the new NFL mostly over with just two games to play now seems like the ideal time to sort out a list of Week One heroes.
So without further ado here are the standout performers from around the league to date...
Frank Gore - San Francisco 49ers
Every year it seems people predict that Frank Gore is done. Well 'Old man Gore' is laughing at the naysayers once again. With 66 yards off 16 touches Gore extended his career total yards beyond the 10,000 barrier after just 10 years in the NFL.
This made him only the 10th player in NFL history to achieve this feat with one team.
Knowshon Moreno - Miami Dolphins
In the pre-season Knowshon Moreno got a lot of criticism. He turned up unfit for training
and was forced to sit out first team snaps. I myself questioned whether Lamar Miller might not be given the shot as running back number one. It seemed likely that Moreno's success last season was due to playing with Peyton Manning rather than any innate talent.
After Moreno led the Dolphins to a 33-20 upset of Tom Brady's New England however, I think we can say that it was too early to question Moreno. On Sunday he rushed for 135
yards and one touchdown off 24 attempts.
J.J. Watt - Houston Texans
After getting paid like the best defensive player in the NFL J.J. Watts set about reminding everyone that he is worth every cent. Watt accumulated three tackles, two for loss, a sack, a blocked extra point, a batted pass and a fumble recovery. That's not bad.
Derek Anderson - Carolina Panthers
With Cam Newton ruled out through rib injury and Derek Anderson having to start, the prospects for a Panthers win looked bleak. Not only did Anderson lead the Panthers to a 17-10 win on the road but he ended the game with 230 passing yards and two touchdowns as he completed 24 out of 34 passing attempts.
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Allen Hurns - Jacksonville Jaguars
Undrafted free agent Allen Hurns had pretty much the perfect NFL debut. The wide
receiver has 4 receptions which he took for 110 yards and two touchdowns at an average of 27.5 yards per reception. Had the Jaguars managed not to throw away their 17 point lead to lose 34-17 then Hurns would have taken his team to one of the most unlikely wins in Week One history. Still that stat line is not too bad.
Matt Ryan - Atlanta Falcons
Not only did Matt Ryan lead his team to a 37-34 overtime victory but he also broke two Atlanta Falcons franchise records. Firstly, he threw for 448 yards to outdo Chris Chandler's 431 yards effort from back in 2001. Secondly, Ryan increased his career touchdown passes to 156 which is two more than Steve Bartkowski old record.
Matt Byrant - Atlanta Falcons
With kickers it is either feast or famine. You are either the hero or the villain who cost his team the win. After week one though Byrant is the hero.
First Byrant kicked a successful 51 yard field goal to send the match into overtime and then he kicked a 52 yard field goal for the Falcons to clinch the match 37-34.
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