Redskins - Touches + Targets – Alfred Morris (28), Roy Helu (5), Evan Royster (2), Darrel Young (2)
Morris was the clear winner in the Redskins committee in week one. The early lead that Washington built helped give him plenty of touches. I don’t trust that he’ll see 28 touches again, ever.
Steelers - Touches + Targets – Isaac Redman (13), Jonathan Dwyer (13), Chris Rainey (3)
The numbers split identically for the top two Steelers backs, but Dwyer had a much better game, rushing for 43 yards on nine carries, while Redman rushed for 21 yards on 11 carries. I will be extremely surprised if Dwyer isn’t starting next week.
Bears - Touches + Targets – Matt Forte (24), Michael Bush (12)
Both Forte and Bush got into the end zone, but Bush “vultured” two touchdowns at the goal line. But actually, over the last three seasons, Forte has had 33 carries inside the five yard line and only got into the end zone three times. We can complain that Forte is getting robbed, but he is really bad at it.
Chiefs - Touches + Targets – Jamaal Charles (16), Peyton Hillis (10), Shaun Draughn (6)
The breakdown here is skewed somewhat by the Chiefs being blown out by the Falcons, but it is interesting to note that Charles saw no receiving targets, while Hillis had three. That is something Charles owners might want to watch next week. When the Chiefs are in closer contests, expect both players to see an uptick in touches.
Draughn was just in during garbage time.
Cardinals - Touches + Targets – Ryan Williams (11), Beanie Wells (7), LaRod Stephens-Howling (3)
These three running backs totaled 17 carries for 27 yards, three receptions for 21 yards and one touchdown. Oh, and that touchdown was scored by Stephens-Howling, who nobody owns or should own.
The only bright side here is for Ryan Williams owners, because he saw plenty of work and had three receiving targets, while Beanie Wells had no targets.
Falcons - Touches + Targets – Michael Turner (11), Jacquizz Rodgers (9), Jason Snelling (2)
Turner and Rodgers pretty much split looks and Rodgers had three more total yards and two receptions. Turner is going to start fading away.
Fantasy MVP of Week 1: Matt Ryan, Falcons – He led all quarterbacks in fantasy points and set his all time high in fantasy points. That’s a lot of fantasy points!
Fantasy Breakout Player of Week 1: Stevan Ridley, Patriots – I’ve been waiting for Ridley to get his shot to breakout, so he has to be my breakout player. Go ahead and slot him in as a RB2 this season.
Fantasy Rookie of Week 1: Robert Griffin III, Redskins – Yeah, too easy.
Fantasy Disappointment of Week 1: DeAngelo Williams, Panthers – No Jonathan Stewart, worst rush defense in the league last season, um, six carries for negative one yard!? The Buccaneers meant business.
Fantasy Fluke of Week 1: Alfred Morris, Redskins – Can he do it again? Sure, if they play the Saints and get up big again.
Odds and Ends
David Akers' bank shot 63-yard field goal ties the NFL record.
Randy Moss’ last touchdown reception was week seven of 2010 against Green Bay.
Randy Moss has 14 touchdowns in 15 games against Green Bay.
Marcedes Lewis had 85 targets, 39 receptions and zero touchdowns last season. This season, he’s had five targets, five receptions and one touchdown.
Adrian Peterson now holds the record for most rushing yards by a Viking, passing Robert Smith of The Cure.
Tom Brady is the fastest quarterback to 125 wins.
Two of Mark Sanchez’s touchdown passes came after Tim Tebow had been behind center the play before.
Peyton Manning’s first NFL game – 21/37, 302 yards, 1 touchdown, 3 interceptions
Andrew Luck’s first NFL game – 23/45, 309 yards, 1 touchdown, 3 interceptions
The Panthers rushed for 10 yards against the Buccaneers. In 2011 the Buccaneers gave up an average of 156 yards rushing per game, dead last in the NFL.
The Redskins are 7-1 at the Superdome.
Dick Lebeau is 1-7 against Peyton Manning.
Ryan Fitzpatrick has thrown 12 interceptions in his last 5 starts.