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September 16, 2008
by Robbie Gillies
Chris Long (Rams) – Long recorded his first sack against the Giants, but the Rams gave up 200 rushing yards. Long has to become a ball hawk for this weak Rams defense.
Matt Ryan (Falcons) – Ryan is learning it’s not as easy when you’re not playing against the Lions’ defense. Ryan completed just 13 of 33 passes and threw two picks against the Buccaneers.
Darren McFadden (Raiders) – I don’t know if Al Davis is happy about McFadden’s performance Sunday or not. The rookie amassed 164 yards on 21 carries and a touchdown. You would think Davis would be ecstatic, but the performance saved Lane Kiffin’s job for at least a few more days. Oh, and Al Davis is certifiably insane and no one ever knows what he’s thinking.
Jonathan Stewart (Panthers) – Last week Stewart got 10 carries to DeAngelo Williams’ 18. This week Stewart carried the ball 14 times to Williams’ 11. He is taking over as the number one back in Carolina. In a comeback win against the Bears Stewart had 77 yards and 2 TD’s
Aqib Talib (Buccaneers) – Talib had his fist interception in the NFL against another rookie, Falcons’ QB Matt Ryan.
Felix Jones (Cowboys) – Jones almost disappeared from the Cowboys' run game but he showed his speed in special teams. Jones returned a kick 98 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter.
Chris Johnson (Titans) – The Titans were playing the Bungles, but Johnson ran for 109 yards on 19 carries and is looking like the cream of the RB crop from the 2008 Draft.
James Hardy (Bills) – The Bills drafted 6’5 James Hardy to be a red zone threat and he was just that against the Jaguars. He scored the go ahead TD late in the 4th quarter on a pass to the corner of the end zone where he just managed to get both feet in bounds.
Eddie Royal (Broncos) – Royal is no longer the man in Denver now that Brandon Marshall is back, but the rookie WR still got five receptions for 37 yards and a touchdown. Though the touchdown and the two-point conversion should have never happened.
Matt Forte (Bears) – Forte had another good game averaging 4 yards per carry and racking up 92 rushing yards. But it was second year player Greg Olsen that lost two fumbles that cost the Bears a 2-0 start.
DeSean Jackson (Eagles) – So much for rookie WR's not producing. DeSean Jackson became just the 2nd rookie WR to start his career with back-to-back 100 yard games. Jackson had 110 yards, but his stats were overshadowed by his boneheaded play when he dropped the ball before crossing the goal line. Luckily for him, the Eagles scored on that posession.
Kevin Smith (Lions) – As a RB, when your team falls down 21-0 in the 2nd quarter you know you’re not going to get many carries. Smith carried the ball 10 times for 40 yards as the Packers beat up the Lions 48-25.
Tim Hightower (Cardinals) – Hightower continues to get carries despite a very low yards per carry average. On Sunday he had 10 carries for 24 yards, but did get his second TD of the season.
Chris Horton (Redskins) - Not quite Mr. Irrelevant, Horton was the fourth to last pick in the Draft but he came up huge for the Skins. Horton intercepted Drew Brees twice in the first half and both led to Redskins' field goals.