The first week of the 2013 NFL season is in the books and was filled with some memorable performances. The highlights started on Thursday night and didn’t end until early Tuesday morning. Fantasy games across the country were decided in many cases by one solid performance from a single player, surely causing those on the losing end of the battles to crack open a bottle or two of ibuprofen.
Let’s take a look at the top performers at each position from Week 1.
Peyton Manning, Broncos – This was a no brainer. Manning threw for 462 yards and seven touchdown passes in a performance for the ages. No other quarterback in the league came close to Manning during opening weekend. Honorable mention: Colin Kaepernick
LeSean McCoy, Eagles – Only three players gained over 100 yards on the ground this past weekend, and one was a quarterback. McCoy out gained the next closest running back by 83 yards, adding a touchdown as a bonus. Final stat line: 31 carries for 184 yards, 1 catch for 5 yards, 1 touchdown. Honorable mention: Adrian Peterson
Anquan Boldin, 49ers – Boldin made a memorable debut with his new team, helping them defeat the Green Bay Packers for the third time in 366 days. He looked liked the 2005 version of himself, logging 13 catches for 208 yards and a touchdown. Honorable mention: A.J. Green
Jared Cook, Rams – In another fantastic debut with a new team, Cook added an explosive element to the Rams offense by logging 7 catches for 141 yards and two touchdowns. It looks and sounds like this won’t be the last big game Cook has this season. Honorable mention: Julius Thomas
Dallas Cowboys – This could probably be credited to the turnover prone Giants, but you gotta give credit where it’s due. Monte Kiffin’s unit forced fumbles and took advantage of miscues all game long, causing the Giants to become a national punch line for a day and take the spotlight off Tony Romo’s less-than-day day. Honorable mention: Kansas City Chiefs
Greg Zuerlein, Rams – Zuerlein hit four field goals in four attempts, including a 48 yarder to win the game. He has emerged as one of the elite kickers in the game, playing on an offense just good enough to keep him in position to score. Honorable mention: Caleb Sturgis
BY J.P. SCOTT ON SEPTEMBER 10, 2013
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