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Sunday, September 12, 2010
Week 1: Foster propels Texans

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STUDS

Foster
Foster

Arian Foster

Running back, Houston Texans

The Texans might finally have a legitimate featured back. The unheralded Foster rushed for a team-record 231 yards and scored three second-half touchdowns to help power Houston to a 34-24 victory over Indianapolis. Foster, a second-year player who spent most of last season on the Texans' practice squad, had a 1-yard TD run in the third quarter and fourth-quarter scores of 25 and 8 yards. He had the NFL's second-best opening weekend performance since 1933, topped only by O.J. Simpson's 250 in 1973 for the Buffalo Bills against New England.


Johnson
Johnson

Chris Johnson

Running back, Tennessee Titans

Johnson picked up right where he left off last season, rushing for 142 yards and two TDs in Tennessee's 38-13 romp of Oakland. Johnson, the NFL's Offensive Player of the Year in 2009, extended his streak to 12 consecutive 100-yard games to break a tie with Marcus Allen. He trails only Barry Sanders, who had an NFL-best streak of 14 such games.


Nicks
Nicks

Hakeem Nicks

Wide receiver, New York Giants

Nicks began his sophomore season with a bang. The 2009 first-round pick caught three TD passes from Eli Manning, all in the left corner of the end zone, as the Giants opened their new stadium with a 31-18 victory over Carolina. Nicks' 5-yard TD grab in the third quarter gave New York some breathing room with an eight-point lead. Nicks also had scoring catches of 26 and 19 yards.


Forte
Forte

Matt Forte

Running back, Chicago Bears

Forte is the Bears' best running back. In Week 1 he was their go-to receiver as well. Forte caught seven passes, including two TDs, for 151 yards to help Chicago edge the Lions, 19-14. Forte's 28-yard TD reception gave the Bears the lead for good with 1:32 left. Forte also had 50 rushing yards on 17 carries.


Brady
Brady

Tom Brady

Quarterback, New England Patriots

Brady ended an eventful week (car accident, new contract) by lighting up the Bengals' vaunted defense. The veteran quarterback threw for 258 yards with three TDs and no interceptions, guiding New England to a 38-24 victory. Two of Brady's TD tosses went to Wes Welker, who returned to action less than eight months after a serious knee surgery.


Dolphins

Dolphins' defense

Led by prized free-agent addition Karlos Dansby, the Dolphins turned in a dominant defensive effort in a 15-10 victory over Buffalo. Dansby had a sack and eight tackles as Miami held the Bills to 166 total yards.




DUDS

Spiller
Spiller

C.J. Spiller

Running back, Buffalo Bills

Spiller was drafted to spark the Bills' offense, but it didn't happen in Week 1. The rookie first-round pick gained only 7 yards on six carries in Buffalo's loss to the Dolphins. The Bills had only 50 rushing yards overall.


Campbell
Campbell

Jason Campbell

Quarterback, Oakland Raiders

Campbell's regular-season debut as the Raiders' starting quarterback was mostly forgettable. Campbell threw one interception, fumbled twice (losing one) and was sacked four times in Oakland's loss at Tennessee. Campbell finished with 180 passing yards and a 69.7 QB rating.


Delhomme
Delhomme

Jake Delhomme

Quarterback, Cleveland Browns

His numbers weren't terrible (20-of-37, 227 yards), but one terrible throw changed the complexion of the Cleveland-Tampa Bay matchup. With the Browns leading 14-3 late in the second quarter, Delhomme threw an ill-advised, sidearm pass that Ronde Barber intercepted and returned 65 yards to Browns' 3-yard line. Bucs QB Josh Freeman threw a TD pass on the next play, and the Browns weren't the same after that, ultimately losing 17-14.


49ers

49ers' running game

49ers QB Alex Smith is at his best when he's supported by a strong running game. Well, he certainly didn't get that in Week 1. The 49ers rushed for only 49 yards on 19 carries (2.6 average) in their 31-6 loss at Seattle. Workhorse Frank Gore was held to 38 yards on 17 carries.