It was a very emotional and record-setting week in the NFL this past weekend. On the same day we saw the Andrew Luck-led Colts ferociously come back against the Packers and win one for the gipper (in this case Chuck Pagano, who has a treatable form or Leukemia) we also saw Drew Brees break Jonny Unitas’ streak of throwing at least one touchdown in 47 straight games.
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
Andrew Luck/Reggie Wayne: Indianapolis Colts
As previously mentioned, it was an emotional day in Indianapolis. Perhaps Luck and Wayne fed off that emotion and positive energy as the two were in a zone together and they were the driving force in the Colts’ upset victory. Luck look like a seasoned vet throwing for 362 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing for an additional 24 yards on the ground with a touchdown. Wayne was a beast in the passing game, hauling in a whopping 13 catches for 212 yards and a touchdown. Chuckstrong indeed!
Other studs of note: Ahmad Bradshaw, Victor Cruz, Eli Manning, Aaron Rodgers, James Jones, Matt Ryan, Alfred Morris, Tony Gonzalez, Julio Jones, Jamaal Charles, Brandon Marshall, Matt Forte, Alex Smith, Frank Gore, Michael Crabtree, Vernon Davis, Peyton Manning, Stevan Ridley, Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, Percy Harvin, Drew Brees, Phil Rivers, Ryan Mathews, Robert Meachem, Marques Colston and Arian Foster.
Dud of the week
Joe Flacco: Baltimore Ravens
After getting his proper due for stepping up his game this year and becoming a legitimate fantasy force, Flacco was started in most leagues this league with a matchup tailor-made for success. However, the game between the Ravens and the Chiefs was a defensive slugfest and Flacco was a non-factor, only registering 187 passing yards and an interception on 13 completions with zero touchdowns.
Other duds of note: Andre Roberts, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Jordy Nelson, Mike Wallace, Pierre Garcon, Torrey Smith, Dennis Pitta, Nate Washington, Blaine Gabbert, Maurice Jones-Drew, Cam Newton, Jonathan Stewart, DeAngelo Williams, Steve Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Fred Jackson, C.J. Spiller, Randy Moss, Rob Gronkowski, Brandon Lloyd, Chris Johnson, Jackie Battle, Antonio Gates, Darren Sproles, Jimmy Graham, Andre Johnson and Shonn Greene.
Rookies of impact
Brandon Weeden: Cleveland Browns
The Giants hardly applied any pressure on Weeden in Sunday’s affair, which allowed him to flourish on the day. Weeden went 22-35 for 291 yards and two touchdowns while showing no fear in the pocket.
Trent Richardson: Cleveland Browns
Richardson is validating his high draft-selection with each quality outing and he was great on Sunday, rushing for 81 yards and a touchdown while also recording five receptions for 47 yards.
Josh Gordon: Cleveland Browns
Gordon, who was a supplemental draft pick, has always possessed great talent and it’s only a matter of time before he fully realizes it. Gordon hooked up with Weeden and made only two catches, which just so happened to be Weeden’s only two touchdown passes. However, they were big plays as the two catches went for a combined 82 yards.
Rueben Randle: New York Giants
With the Giants down Hakeem Nicks and Ramses Barden, Randle had the chance for increased targets and he made the most of the opportunity, as he caught six passes for 82 yards (both team highs).
Injuries of impact
Danny Amendola: St. Louis Rams (shoulder)
Amendola, who was having a breakout year, caught a tough break when he hurt his shoulder in Thursday’s game and he is now likely out 6-7 weeks.
Ryan Williams: Arizona Cardinals (shoulder)
After an injury to Beanie Wells opened the door for Williams to shine, in his first game as a starter Williams suffered a shoulder injury and will now be out for the season. Another tough break for Williams, who missed all of last year with a ruptured patella tendon.
Andre Brown: New York Giants (head injury)
Brown hit his head on the ground hard during a kick return early in Sunday’s game and as a result he suffered a concussion. Brown will be very questionable for Sunday’s game.
Cedric Benson: Green Bay Packers (foot)
Benson hurt his foot in the Packer’s contest against the Colts and had to be carted off the field. The injury is so bad that Benson may actually miss the remainder of the year.
Jermichael Finley: Green Bay Packers (shoulder)
Finley suffered a shoulder injury on Sunday and had to leave a game as well. There is a chance, though, that Finley may return for next week’s game.
Robert Griffin III: Washington Redskins (head injury)
As he was rushing towards the end zone, RGIII was the recipient of a vicious hit and was knocked out of the game with a mild concussion. There is a chance that RGIII can return this weekend, granted he passes all the battery of tests for concussions.
Daniel Thomas: Miami Dolphins (head injury)
Thomas suffered another head injury (his second of the year) and his status heading into Week 6 looks bleak.
Matt Cassel: Kansas City Chiefs (head injury)
It was an ugly scene in Kansas City, as some Chiefs’ fans cheered when Cassel got hurt with a head injury. Cassel will also have to pass tests before he gets back on the field but he’ll most likely miss Sunday’s game. If Cassel doesn’t return, Brady Quinn will assume the quarterback duties.
Jimmy Graham: New Orleans (sprained ankle)
The severity of Graham’s injury is not quite known yet, although reports had him in a walking boot after Sunday night’s game. Graham played for most of the game with the injury but he was not effective, as he recorded one of his worst performances of his career by only making one catch for a measly 4 yards.
Breakouts of note (waiver wire material):
Jordan Norwood: Cleveland Browns
Norwood was Weeden’s main target on Sunday, hauling in nine catches for 81 yards. Norwood could develop a nice rapport with Weeden, but he’s a risky pick off the waiver wire as Weeden could struggle with inconsistency.
Santana Moss: Washington Redskins
A Steve DeAngelo special here, but Moss still showed he has some gas left in his tank by hauling in two catches for 80 yards and a touchdown. All that said, if it wasn’t for Moss’ 77-yard touchdown pass when the Falcon’s coverage broke down, he would have been useless.
Kyle Williams: San Francisco 49ers
Williams was also the recipient on an outstanding pass play, but aside from his 43-yard touchdown reception, Williams is still not much of a factor in the 49ers offense.
Devery Henderson: New Orleans Saints
With Lance Moore out, Henderson stepped up big time and provided a big boost to the Saints, as he recorded eight catches for 123 yards and a touchdown.
Other interesting tidbits to chew on: Eric Winston (the Chiefs OT who went on a rant about the classlessness of Chiefs’ fans who cheered when Cassel got hurt) had it right when he called the cheers sickening and disgusting…I really can’t imagine Michael Vick holding up through eight games, let alone 16 games…Welcome back Mr. Mendenhall. Boy, were you missed…Damn is Chicago’s defense sick! They are a takeaway and touchdown machine…I don’t what it is (perhaps maturity) but Cam Newton looks weak and disorganized. A sophomore slump may be in the works…Wow, is Buffalo’s defense bad right now. That’s an easy thing to say when you give up 621 yards of total offense to an otherwise conservative offensive team in the 49ers…Is there an all-around playmaker in the league better than Percy Harvin? If there is let me know…
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