Week 3: Anquan Boldin burns Browns
Wide receiver, Baltimore Ravens
Boldin's Week 3 performance was just what the Ravens envisioned when they made him their prized offseason acquisition. Boldin caught eight passes for 142 yards and three touchdowns as the Ravens rallied for a 24-17 victory over Cleveland. Boldin had TD catches of 8, 12 and 27 yards, in the process reaching 600 career receptions faster than anyone in NFL history.
Running back, Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings have yet to get their passing game on track. Good thing for them Peterson was his vintage self on Sunday. Peterson rushed for 160 yards and two TDs, including an 80-yarder, to lead Minnesota to a 24-10 victory over the Lions. It was the most productive game for Peterson since he rushed for 180 yards in the 2009 season opener.
Quarterback, Philadelphia Eagles
Looks like Eagles coach Andy Reid did the right thing by sticking with Vick, whose amazing revival continued in Week 3. Vick threw for three TDs and ran for another, leading Philadelphia to a 28-3 victory over the Jaguars. Vick finished 17-of-31 for 291 yards.
Running back, Seattle Seahawks
Washington returned two second-half kickoffs for touchdowns, helping the Seahawks top San Diego 27-20. Washington took the opening kickoff of the second half 101 yards to give Seattle a 17-0 lead. After the Chargers tied the game at 20 with 6:39 left in the fourth quarter, Washington raced 99 yards to give the Seahawks the go-ahead score.
Wide receiver, Indianapolis Colts
Peyton Manning's new go-to guy? For one game at least. Collie had the best game of his young career at Denver, catching 12 passes for 171 yards (both career highs) and two TDs in the Colts' 27-13 victory.
Wide receiver, Dallas Cowboys
Williams has taken his share of heat in Dallas, but he silenced a lot of his critics in Week 3. Williams caught five passes for 117 yards and a pair of TDs as the Cowboys knocked off Houston 27-13. Williams' 63-yard score in the fourth quarter off a quick slant from Tony Romo put the game out of reach.
Wide receiver, New Orleans Saints
Moore delivered a spectacular performance in one of the most thrilling games of the weekend. He had two TD catches, including a career-long 80-yarder, in the Saints' 27-24 overtime loss to Atlanta. He also had a 72-yard punt return to set up Jeremy Shockey's short TD catch on New Orleans' first drive. Moore finished with six catches for 149 yards.
Running back, Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers got a lift from Mendenhall as they improved to 3-0 in Ben Roethlisberger's absence. Mendenhall rushed for a season-high 143 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries (7.5 yard average) as Pittsburgh routed Tampa Bay 38-13.
Where should we begin? Despite compiling 471 total yards, the Giants struggled to score points in a 29-10 loss to Tennessee. The Giants missed two field goals, had two drives inside the Titans' 6-yard line end in turnovers and gave Tennessee a safety with a chop block in the end zone. The low point for New York came when Eli Manning inexplicably threw the ball toward the end zone with his left hand in the first quarter. The play resulted in one of Manning's two interceptions.
Place-kicker, New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees was clutch late. Hartley was not. The Saints appeared to have a thrilling win in hand when Brees drove New Orleans deep into Falcons territory in overtime. Instead, Hartley, who sent the Saints to Super Bowl XLIV with a dramatic field goal in last season's NFC title game, hooked the 29-yard attempt to the left for his third miss this season. Later, Matt Bryant drilled a 46-yard field goal to give Atlanta the victory.
Place-kicker, Oakland Raiders
Janikowski made a pair of 54-yard field goals in the first quarter. Unfortunately for the Raiders, he went downhill from there. Janikowski missed three of his final four attempts, including a 32-yarder as time expired, as Oakland fell to Arizona 24-23.
Running back, Carolina Panthers
Stewart rushed for only 13 yards on eight carries (1.6 yard average) in Carolina's 20-7 loss to the Bengals. He also lost a fourth-quarter fumble, which positioned Cincinnati for the score (a 7-yard TD pass from Carson Palmer to Cedric Benson) that put the game out of reach.
Quarterback, Jacksonville Jaguars
Garrard was unable to match Michael Vick's output. In fact, he didn't even come close. Garrard completed only 13 of 30 passes for a measly 105 yards and one interception in Jacksonville's loss to Philadelphia.
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