This was a great week to start…
Tom Brady, QB, Patriots -- Showed the NFL who’s boss with 517 passing yards and 4 TDs with just one INT. Sheesh.
Drew Brees, QB, Saints -- Actually out-paced Rodgers in Thursday’s slugfest, with 419 yards, 3 TDs and no turnovers.
Chad Henne, QB, Dolphins -- Couldn’t keep up with Brady, but still threw for 416 yards and 2 TDs, and ran for 59 yards and a third TD.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers -- Passed for 312 yards and 3 TDs without an INT.
Matt Stafford, QB, Lions -- Thumped the Bucs with 305 yards, 3 TDs and one INT.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Bills -- Collected 4 TDs with his 208 passing yards.
Michael Vick, QB, Eagles -- Passed for 187 yards and 2 TDs, and ran for 97 yards.
Mike Tolbert, RB, Chargers -- Notched a TD trifecta, with 35 rushing yards and 9 catches for 58 more. Not bad for a backup.
Ray Rice, RB, Ravens -- Amassed 107 yards rushing, 42 receiving yards on 4 catches, and scored both ways.
LeSean McCoy, RB, Eagles -- Scored rushing and receiving, and totaled 112 yards.
Matt Forte, RB, Bears -- Rushed for 68 yards, and caught 5 passes for 90 yards and a TD.
Steve Smith, WR, Panthers -- Made fast friends with Newton, catching 8 passes for 178 yards and 2 scores.
Wes Welker, WR, Patriots -- Teamed with Brady for 160 yards and 2 TDs (including one for 99 yards) on 8 balls.
Kenny Britt, WR, Titans -- Torched the Jags for 136 yards and 2 TDs on 5 catches.
Calvin Johnson, WR, Lions -- Turned 6 passes into 88 yards and 2 scores.
Devery Henderson, WR, Saints -- Led Thursday night’s receivers with 100 yards and 1 TD.
Ravens defense -- Compiled 4 fumble recoveries, 3 INTs, four sacks and held Pittsburgh to 7 measly points.
49ers defense/special teams -- Forced three turnovers, notched 5 sacks and enjoyed two electrifying return scores courtesy of Ted Ginn.
This was a great week to play against…
Donovan McNabb, QB, Vikings -- Just awful, with 39 passing yards, 30 rushing yards, a TD and an INT.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers -- Passed for 280 yards and 1 TD, but added 3 INTs and 2 fumbles.
Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons -- Threw for 319 yards, but had no scores and 2 turnovers.
Sam Bradford, QB, Rams -- Only had 188 passing yards before getting hurt, lost 15 yards rushing and lost a fumble.
LeGarrette Blount, RB, Bucs -- Just 15 stinking yards.
Shonn Greene, RB, Jets -- Combined for only 33 yards, while taking a back seat mostly to LT.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, Panthers -- Limited to 30 rushing yards while Newton stole the show.
Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Steelers -- Held to a paltry 45 yards, and he fumbled.
Joseph Addai, RB, Colts -- Mustered just 52 combined yards without Manning.
Chris Johnson, RB, Titans -- The rusty multi-millionaire had only 24 rushing yards, and added 6 catches for 25 more.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks -- Combined for 47 total yards.
Frank Gore, RB, 49ers -- Ran for 59 yards and caught 3 passes for 19 yards.
Lee Evans, WR, Ravens -- Held without a catch.
Roy Williams, WR, Bears -- So was he.
Austin Collie, WR, Colts -- Ditto.
Michael Crabtree, WR, 49ers -- His sole reception went for 4 yards.
Mike Sims-Walker, WR, Rams -- Had a 5-yard catch in his St. Louis debut.
Chad Ochocinco, WR, Patriots -- Managed to disappear in an aerial frenzy with one 14-yard catch.
Dwayne Bowe, WR, Chiefs -- Just 2 catches for 17 yards.
Jeremy Maclin, WR, Eagles -- One 20-yard catch, but at least he played.
Braylon Edwards, WR, 49ers -- Began his SF career with 3 catches for 27 yards.
Vincent Jackson, WR, Chargers -- Held to 2 balls for 31 yards.
Owen Daniels, TE, Texans -- Had just one 12-yard catch during Houston’s romp.
Nate Kaeding, K, Chargers -- Lost for the year after his first kickoff.
I didn’t see that coming…
Cam Newton, QB, Panthers -- Set a rookie debut record with 422 passing yards, plus 18 rushing yards and 3 total TDs, with just 1 INT.
Randall Cobb, WR, Packers -- The rookie caught 2 passes for 35 yards and a score, and returned a kickoff 108 yards for a second TD.
Scott Chandler, TE, Bills -- Burst onto the scene with 5 catches for 63 yards and 2 scores.
About the author
Ladd Biro was named 2010 "Football Writer of the Year" by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. Ladd's nationally syndicated columns have appeared in more than 20 publications -- including the Dallas Morning News, San Francisco Chronicle, Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Sun-Times and Sporting News magazine -- since 2003. During the NFL season, he can be heard nationwide on Sporting News Radio as host of the weekly "Fantasy Files" program, dispensing his unique blend of wit and wisdom. Since 2009, all his written fantasy content can be found on the Fantasy Fools blog.