The Atlanta Falcons’ 48-33 win over the reigning NFC champs on Sunday had plenty of offensive fireworks, but two players stood above the rest. Matt Ryan‘s 503 passing yards and four TDs were impressive but what was even more impressive is that Julio Jones was responsible for 300 of them.
Jones’ 12-catch day came 37 yards short of setting an NFL record for most receiving yards in a game with his 300 being the sixth-best game in league history. Willie “Flipper” Anderson set the mark with 336 in a game against the Saints back in 1989.
Not a bad day … especially for a guy who hasn’t signed a heavy amount of autographs in his six years as a pro.
Keep reading for more guys who generated some buzz on the field this week.
— A.J. Green The Bengals WR recorded 10 catches for 173 yards and a TD against the Dolphins on Thursday night. Only Jones topped it on the leader board. He’s a known commodity from the 2011 rookie class and he keeps delivering. (Is he undervalued?)
— Michael Crabtree The Raiders WR didn’t have the massive yards totals that other leaders had this week, but his day was still pretty impressive with seven catches for 88 yards and three TDs. That’s the kind of day that should spark a little bit of interest in his key RCs and autos from way back in 2009.
— Le’Veon Bell Bell returned from suspension and, while he didn’t get into the end zone, he did lead all rushers this week with 144 yards. He’s talented but maybe not the safest buy with all his off-field issues, but a game like that shows that he’s still one to consider among those 2013 rookies.
— Ezekiel Elliott The Cowboys RB continued to show signs of brilliance with 23 carries for 138 yards and a TD against the 49ers. After four games he has 412 yards and three touchdowns — not a bad start for a career. (By contrast Heisman winner Derrick Henry has yet to top the 100-yard mark … for the season.)
— Ben Roethlisberger The Steelers QB was the only hurler who topped Matt Ryan this week. He had five TD passes (Ryan had four) as part of a 300-yard day during a 43-14 win over the Chiefs. You’ll have to go way back to 2004 to find his Rookie Cards.
— Need even more Buzz? Derek Carr, Kirk Cousins, Russell Wilson, Matt Jones, Melvin Gordon, John Kuhn, DeMarco Murray, John Brown, Fozzy Whittaker, Jordan Reed, Antonio Brown, Brian Quick, Will Fuller. (Monday night game not included.)
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