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Four Downs: Roy Helu has breakout game

Updated: November 7, 2011, 10:55 AM ET
By Eric Karabell
There were a number of impressive Week 9 performances by rookies Sunday, as Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones caught the first two touchdown passes of his career, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton tossed three touchdown passes at Tennessee and Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray ran all over a previously challenging Seattle Seahawks run defense for 139 yards.

However, in each of those cases, I pause for a small reality check. Jones made two big plays for most of his 131 receiving yards, but was targeted only four times total. Veteran Roddy White remains the top Atlanta target. Dalton still must face the Pittsburgh Steelers or Baltimore Ravens in half his remaining games, though it's interesting that no first-year quarterback -- including Peyton Manning and Dan Marino -- has ever had as many as his 12 touchdowns in his first eight team games since the 1970 merger. And Murray, as awesome as he looks averaging 6.7 yards per rush this season, still must deal with the pending return of Felix Jones in what might become a frustrating (for fantasy owners) time share.

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