It is hard to single out a Seahawks player as they dominated the Green Bay Packers on both sides of the ball, but RB Marshawn Lynch stood out a little bit extra. The 28-year old scored 2 rushing touchdowns and ran for 110 yards, averaging 5.5 yards per carry.
Matty “Ice” was hot on Sunday. Atlanta’s quarterback completed 31 of 43 pass attempts for 448 yards and 3 touchdowns and finished with a passer rating of 128.8, as the Falcons beat the Saints 37-34 in overtime.
The Titans outplayed the Kansas City Chiefs on every level. On defense they intercepted QB Alex Smith three times and limited RB Jamaal Charles to 19 rushing yards. On offense they rushed for 162 yards and QB Jake Locker finished with a passer rating of 111.4, completing 66.7% of his passes for 266 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The Dolphins signed the 27-year old running back to a one-year deal in the offseason but Moreno is making a case for a long-term contract. The sixth-year pro out of Georgia ran for 134 yards and 1 touchdown against the New England Patriots. He is averaging 4.1 yards per carry throughout his career.
New York Jets Rushing Offense
New York’s workload split at the running back position between RB Chris Johnson and RB Chris Ivory may cause problems for many teams this season. Johnson accounted for 68 yards on 13 carries and Ivory ran for 102 yards and 1 touchdown. The Jets have the best rushing offense in the league for now, totalling 212 yards against the Oakland Raiders.
Pittsburgh Steelers Offense
The Steelers rushed for 127 yards against the Cleveland Browns and passed for an additional 363 yards. QB Ben Roethlisberger, who finished with a completion percentage of 67.6% and a passer rating of 100.7, found WR Antonio Brown 5 times for 116 yards and a touchdown. RB Le’Veon Bell ran for 109 yards on 21 carries and 1 touchdown.
Cincinnati Bengals Pass Protection
Cincinnati’s offensive line didn’t allow a single sack and enabled QB Andy Dalton to pass for 301 yards at the Baltimore Ravens.
The 31-year old had an outstanding debut for the Houston Texans. Fitzpatrick completed 14 of 22 passes for 206 yards and threw 1 touchdown for a passer rating of 109.3.
Denver’s tight end had the probably best game of his career, catching 7 passes for 104 yards and 3 touchdowns, as the Broncos beat the Indianapolis Colts 31-24.
Detroit’s 26-year old signal caller dissected New York’s defense en route to a 35-14 victory. Stafford completed 68.8% of his passes for 346 yards and 2 touchdowns. He finished with a passer rating of 125.3.
Carson Palmer orchestrated a 12-point comeback in the fourth quarter (well, both two-point conversions failed) to lead the Arizona Cardinals to an 18-17 win over the San Diego Chargers. On Monday night he completed 24 of 37 passes for 304 yards, 2 touchdowns and a passer rating of 108.4.
Chicago Bears Rushing Defense
The Bears ranked last in 2013, allowing opposing running backs to average 161.4 yards per game. In this season’s opener they surrendered 193 yards on the ground. Buffalo’s RBs C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson and Anthony Dixon each rushed for 50+ yards. The Bears will find it hard to make the playoffs if they cannot stop the run.
St. Louis Rams
You knew this would be a difficult season for the Rams after QB Sam Bradford re-tore his ACL in the preseason but Saturday’s performance would put them at the bottom of pretty much any NFL power rankings. Most surprisingly, St. Louis’ defense did not get anything going against the Minnesota Vikings.
It may be unfair to nominate Jacksonville’s running back as he sustained an ankle injury in the game, but the Jaguars could not protect their 17-point lead against the Philadelphia Eagles in the second half because Gerhart was unable to produce. He finished the game with 42 yards on 18 carries.
The Cowboys committed 4 turnovers, which resulted in 21 points for the San Francisco 49ers. QB Tony Romo threw 3 interceptions and RB DeMarco Murray lost a fumble which CB Chris Culliver returned 35 yards for a touchdown. After 10 minutes, the Cowboys dug a hole for themselves too deep to climb out of.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers should have beaten the Carolina Panthers, who missed QB Cam Newton, but their turnovers proved costly. QB Josh McCown’s 2 interceptions and RB Bobby Rainey’s fumble led to 17 points for the Panthers.