QB Game Ball - Cam Newton, Carolina - 24/37, 422 yards, 2 TD, 1 Int, 1 rush TD
No rookie made a bigger impact this weekend than the Panthers new quarterback. Newton set records for a debut performance by a QB with those impressive stats. With continued support from veterans like Steve Smith (178 yards, 2 TD) and Greg Olsen (4 catches, 78 yards) he should continue to put up solid numbers.
QB Honorable Mention - Tom Brady, New England - 32/48, 517 yards, 4 TD, 1 Int (Peyton who????)
RB Game Ball - Ray Rice, Baltimore - 19 carries, 107 yards, 1 TD, 4 catches, 42 yards, 1 TD
The Ravens pounded the Steelers on Sunday and it all began with their stud running back. Rice took the first play from scrimmage 36 yards and Baltimore never looked back. They capped that first drive with a TD catch by Anquan Boldin. Rice went on to score two more times in the first half leaving the Steelers reeling. Other running backs may have had better numbers in week one but no one sent a stronger message against a tougher team than Rice.
RB Honorable mention - Mike Tolbert, San Diego - 12 carries, 35 yards, 1 TD, 9 catches, 58 yards, 2 TD (may be splitting carries but he's the one finding the end zone.)
WR Game Ball - Kenny Britt, Tennessee - 5 catches, 136 yards, 2 TD
With a revolving door at QB for the Titans the last few years, no one may be happier to see veteran Matt Hasselbeck take over than Britt. While the running game was shut down on Sunday, Tennessee took to the air with Britt leading the way. And even when the run gets going and the defense shows up, Britt should continue to flourish. Expect him to have a career year for the Titans.
WR Honorable Mention - Steve Smith, Carolina - 8 catches, 178 yards, 2 TD (just what a rookie QB needs)
TE Game Ball - Aaron Hernandez, New England - 7 catches, 103 yards, 1 TD
On a team that thrives on spreading the ball to as many players as possible, the last thing a defense wants to have to face is a stud TE. But that's what the Patriots have in Hernandez. Actually, the Pats have two awesome TE's with Rob Gronkowski playing on the other end of the line. The problem for fantasy owners is you never know when one star shines over the other. Monday was Hernandez's night - just ask the Dolphins.
TE Honorable Mention - Ed Dickson, Baltimore - 5 catches, 59 yards, 1 TD (filling in big shoes nicely)
THE GAME USED SOCK AWARD
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh - 22/41, 280 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT, 2 FUM
Things could not have gone worse for the Steelers on Sunday. While teams around the league were putting up monster offensive numbers Pittsburgh could barely move the ball against the Ravens. Sure Big Ben finished with 280 passing yards but most of that came late and was much too little. Yes, the Steelers will rebound and Ben will have better days. Heck, last season he didn't even get to play the first couple of games! I wonder if they made him take off those stinky, nasty smelling socks before heading to the 'Gentleman's Club' after the game?
Stinky Sock Honorable Mention - Chris Johnson, RB, Tennessee - 9 carries, 24 yards, 6 catches, 25 yards (That's with wearing a $56 million pair of socks)
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