Well, we are now done with the regular season. It’s playoff time (AKA, the most wonderful time of the year)!
And what a week to end the regular season with, as we were treated to some emotional, exhilarating wire-to-wire finishes complete with some eye-popping performances.
You’ll read all about the rest of the week 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
Adrian Peterson: Minnesota Vikings
As I look for evidence that Peterson did in fact suffer from some nasty torn ACL injury last year, I’m coming up empty. Peterson was simply beastly on Sunday by running roughshod over the Packers. Peterson was marvelous, as he racked up an amazing 210 rushing yards and one touchdown.
Other studs of note: Lance Moore, Wes Welker, Andrew Luck, Matt Stafford, Donnie Avery, Calvin Johnson, Cam Newton, Jamaal Charles, Steve Smith, Michael Crabtree, Marshawn Lynch, Sidney Rice, Golden Tate, Brandon Marshall, Matt Forte, Peyton Manning, Demaryius Thomas, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Danario Alexander, Carson Palmer, Brandon Myers, Heath Miller, Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray, Jason Witten, Dez Bryant, Alfred Morris, Pierre Garcon and Victor Cruz.
Dud of the week
Ryan Mathews: San Diego Chargers
Mathews has been a complete bust this year. There should be no disputing that. Battling injuries and inconsistency all year long, Mathews had one of his worst days on Sunday, as he was only good for 26 yards rushing.
Other duds of note: Drew Brees, Roddy White, Owen Daniels, Brandon Lloyd, Justin Blackmon, Beanie Wells/LaRod Stephens-Howling, Larry Fitzgerald, Vernon Davis, Christian Ponder, Eric Decker, Marcel Reece, Denarius Moore, Mike Wallace, Torrey Smith and Jeremy Maclin.
Rookies of impact
Kendall Wright: Tennessee Titans
Wright, who was good for six catches and 78 yards on Sunday, will have decent performances from time to time, but they will come too far and few between.
T.Y. Hilton: Indianapolis Colts
Rapidly increasing his role in the Colts’ offense is Hilton. Hilton was great in Sunday’s stunning win over the Lions, recording six receptions for 100 yards. Hilton has now become a must-add off the waiver wire.
Chris Givens: St. Louis Rams
Like Hilton, Givens is increasing his role in the Rams’ offense and is becoming a legitimate deep threat for Sam Bradford. On Sunday, Givens registered 11 receptions for 94 yards, and that was against the vaunted 49ers’ pass defense.
Russell Wilson: Seattle Seahawks
Wilson is putting the finishing touches on quite an impressive rookie season. It’s just too bad he is being overshadowed by the exploits of Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. Wilson led the Seahawks to a thrilling win over the Bears on the road in overtime by passing for 293 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing for an additional 71 yards.
Brandon Weeden: Cleveland Browns
Never one for consistency, Weeden had one of his better outings (despite throwing two picks) on Sunday in Oakland, passing for 364 yards and a touchdown.
Josh Gordon: Cleveland Browns
As Weeden goes, so does Gordon. Gordon was electrifying on Sunday, as he caught six receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown.
Rod Streater: Oakland Raiders
Eventually Streater is going to become an integral part of the Raiders’ plans, and after the game he just had on Sunday (three receptions for 96 yards and a touchdown) it will probably be sooner rather than later.
Bryce Brown: Philadelphia Eagles
Wow, Is Brown coming on like a gangbuster. If he keeps this up, LeSean McCoy might be looking for a new job (barely half-joking). Brown, despite fumbling again, rushed for a whopping 169 yards and two touchdowns.
Injuries of impact
Jordy Nelson: Green Bay Packers
Nelson came up gimpy and had to leave Sunday’s game after injuring his hamstring. His status for next Sunday is in serious doubt, although he could return soon enough.
Sidney Rice: Seattle Seahawks
As he was scoring the game-winning touchdown in overtime, Rice was hit viciously near his head. As such, Rice will be tested for concussion-like symptoms.
Ryan Broyles: Detroit Lions
Tsk, tsk! You have to feel bad for Broyles. Broyles has now suffered another torn ACL and is out for the season after suffering one last November in college.
Cecil Shorts: Jacksonville Jaguars
Shorts also had to leave Sunday’s game with a head injury. As a result, Short will have to face a battery of tests for concussions this week.
Breakouts of note (waiver wire material)
Tony Moeaki: Kansas City Chiefs
Moeaki had a fine afternoon on Sunday, as he recorded four receptions for 54 yards and a touchdown. However, at this point of the season, you’d have to be desperate to pick up Moeaki, as there are simply too many other good options.
Other interesting tidbits to chew on: Maurice Jones-Drew, when will you ever come back? Seriously, the Jags should all but abandon the run and pass on every play until MJD can come back…I cannot think of the pain and agony that the Chiefs’ community must be going through after Jovan Belcher murdered the mother of his child and took his own life in front of Chiefs’ executives this weekend, but I’m real glad they won on Sunday…Prison inmates shouldn’t even be objected to watching the Jets and the Cardinals play football. I live in New York, but I’m SO thankful I have the NFL Red Zone channel…It was finally nice to see the Packers have some semblance of a running game, as they for once got a rushing touchdown (via James Starks) from their featured back…Hard as it is to believe after the Steelers upset the Ravens on the road, but if Charlie Batch is done playing football after the season, he could not have gone out on a better note than he did on Sunday…It looks like it’s safe to insert DeMarco Murray back into your lineups for your championship run…
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