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Elite performers from each of the 32 NFL teams in Week 1

Touchdown Wire logo Touchdown Wire 5 days ago Barry Werner
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Week 1 featured a plethora of great performances around the NFL.

Arizona Cardinals: Larry Fitzgerald

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Surefire future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald added to his legacy with 8 catches for 113 yards and a TD as Arizona rallied to tie Detroit.

Atlanta Falcons: Austin Hooper

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Austin Hooper was one of the few bright spots for the Falcons in a 28-12 loss to Minnesota. The TE caught 9 passes for 77 yards.

Baltimore Ravens: Lamar Jackson

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Sophomore jinx? Not in the opener against the putrid Miami Dolphins. Lamar Jackson went 17-of-20 for 324 yards with 5 TD passes. Honorable mention to the Sooner duo of Marquise "Hollywood" Brown and Mark Andrews, who each cracked the century mark receiving in the 59-10 Baltimore waltz.

Buffalo Bills: John Brown

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John Brown made a dazzling debut as a Bill, catching 7 passes for 123 yards, including the game-winning 38-yard TD pass with 3 minutes left.

Carolina Panthers: Christian McCaffrey

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The multi-purpose RB was brilliant in the Panthers' 30-27 loss to the Rams. Christian McCaffrey had 19 carries for 128 yards and 2 TDs. He also caught 10 balls for another 81 yards. A fantasy phenom.

Cincinnati Bengals: John Ross III

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John Ross III finally showed the Bengals and their faithful why he was worthy of the ninth overall selection in the NFL Draft in 2017. The former Washington star caught 7 passes for 158 yards and 2 TDs.

Chicago Bears: Defensive unit

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In a season-opening, 10-3 loss to Green Bay, the Chicago Bears defense more than did its part, sacking Aaron Rodgers 5 times.

Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett

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Almost impossible to find anything good in a 43-13 dismantling by the Tennessee Titans. So, will give Cleveland Browns defensive star Myles Garrett a nod for his 2 sacks.

Dallas Cowboys: Dak Prescott

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Dak Prescott had a perfect QB rating of 158.3 as the Dallas Cowboys lit up the New York Giants. Prescott was 25-of-32 for 405 yards and 4 TDs.

Denver Broncos: Courtland Sutton

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WR Courtland Sutton caught 7 passes from Joe Flacco for 120 yards in an otherwise forgettable 24-16 loss by Denver to Oakland.

Detroit Lions: T.J. Hockenson

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First-round pick T.J. Hockenson out of Iowa was excellent in his NFL debut, catching 6 passes for 131 yards and a TD in Detroit's 27-27 tie with Arizona.

Green Bay Packers: Defensive unit

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Talk about a stirring start to the season. The Packers' defense shut down Chicago in a 10-3 victory. Green Bay had 5 sacks and limited the Bears to 46 yards rushing.

Houston Texans: Deshaun Watson

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Don't blame Deshaun Watson for the Texans' 30-28 loss to the Saints in a Monday Night thriller. The QB was brilliant and tough. He completed 20-of-30 for 268 yards and 3 TDs and rushed 4 times for 40 yards and a score.

Indianapolis Colts: Marlon Mack

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Marlon Mack chewed up the Chargers for the Colts. The RB had 24 carries for 174 yards and a TD in a 30-24 loss in overtime.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Gardner Minshew

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Prized FA signee Nick Foles went out with a broken clavicle. Gardner Minshew came off the bench and was 22-of-25 for 275 yards and 2 TDs in Jacksonville's 40-26 loss to Kansas City.

Kansas City Chiefs: Sammy Watkins

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Can't always give all the credit to Patrick Mahomes. Tyreek Hill went out and Sammy Watkins stepped up, big time. The former Clemson star caught 9 passes for 198 yards and 3 TDs in the Chiefs' win over the Jaguars.

Los Angeles Chargers: Austin Ekeler

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The RB made the most of his chance with Melvin Gordon holding out. Austin Ekeler went off against Indy. He rushed for 58 yards on 12 carries and scored a TD. Ekeler added 6 catches for 96 yards and 2 TDs.

Los Angeles Rams: Todd Gurley II

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A lot of questions spun around Todd Gurley II. Would his knee hold up to a big workload. He was used sparingly early but was a force late in the Rams' 30-27 win over the Panthers. The former Georgia star rushed 14 times for 97 yards.

Miami Dolphins: None

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You get pasted 59-10 and there are no bright spots. None. At least the introductions were exciting.

Minnesota Vikings: Dalvin Cook

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The oft-injured RB had 21 carries for 111 yards as Minnesota handled Atlanta, 28-12.

New England Patriots: Tom Brady

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Another exceptional performance as Tom Brady ruined the Steelers, 33-3. The G.O.A.T. went 24-of-36 for 341 and a trio of TD passes.

New Orleans Saints: Ted Ginn Jr.

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Of course, it would be easy to go with Drew Brees or Will Lutz. The play of the game, however, was Ginn catching a short pass and dropping immediately so New Orleans could call time with 2 seconds left and set its kicker up for the game-winning field goal.

New York Giants: Evan Engram

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The big tight end out of Miami had 11 catches for 116 yards and a TD in the loss to Dallas.

New York Jets: Jamison Crowder

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The wideout who came over from Washington had 14 catches for 99 yards in the Jets' collapse against Buffalo.

Oakland Raiders: Derek Carr

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Take that, Antonio Brown. Derek Carr led the Raiders to victory over Denver with a strong performance. The QB went 22-of-26 for 259 and a score.

Philadelphia Eagles: DeSean Jackson

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Welcome back to Philly, DeSean Jackson. The veteran wideout caught 8 passes for 154 yards and 2 TDs as the Eagles rallied to top Washington.

Pittsburgh Steelers: JuJu Smith-Schuster

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The loss to New England was ugly but Juju Smith-Schuster did have 6 catches for 78 yards.

San Francisco 49ers: Defensive unit

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The Niners picked off Jameis Winston 3 times, had 3 sacks and 6 tackles for losses in a win over Tampa Bay.

Seattle Seahawks: DK Metcalf

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The rookie from Ole Miss proved a quick healer from knee surgery. He had 4 catches for 89 yards as Seattle squeaked by Cincinnati.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ronald Jones

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Not much good in Bruce Arians' debut as the Bucs lost to the Niners. RB Ronald Jones did have 75 yars rushing on 13 carries.

Tennessee Titans: Delanie Walker

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The veteran TE had 5 catches for 55 yards and 2 TDs as Tennessee throttled Cleveland.

Washington: Terry McLaurin

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Washington was counting on a rookie from Ohio State for a fast start. It wasn't No. 1 pick Dwayne Haskins who delivered. Turns out it was fellow Buckeye Terry McLaurin. The wideout had 5 catches for 125 yards and a score.

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