Holy TOUCHDOWNS, Batman!

So I returned home from my trip to St. Maarten (which was awesome) this afternoon and turned on the TV halfway through the 4:00 games, something I recommended not doing, and as usual, I was stunned by some of the insanity taking place on the field, primarily by a few running backs. The first stat I saw that made me double-take was Adrian Peterson’s 233 yard rushing and 3 touchdown performance. My first thought was "Holy smokes! Peterson is the new LT." But then, I immediately look to the box score of than San Diego game and realized that he’s not quite LT, as there’s only room in the league for one 215 yard, 4 touchdown performance.

Continuing with the trend, Maurice Jones-Drew decided he would try to prove the haters (I am still one) wrong with his 184 yard, 2 touchdown game. Not to be outdone, running backs for a few other teams went for season highs in yardage…

Larry Johnson (KC): 143 rushing, 1 TD
DeAngelo Williams (CAR): 121 rushing, 1 TD
Ronnie Brown (MIA): 170 rushing
Brian Westbrook (PHI): 156 rushing
Thomas Jones (NYJ): 141 rushing

Not only were running backs going wild in the NFL this weekend, but a few other players stood out with higher than average stats:

Tom Brady (NE): 388 passing, 5 TD, 0 INT
Cleo Lemon (MIA): 256 passing, 4 TD, 2 INT (probably the biggest surprise of the day)
Derek Anderson (CLE): 245 passing, 4 TD, 0 INT (no Brady Quinn chants so far this year in Cleveland with Anderson’s outstanding play)

T.J. Houshmandzadeh (CIN): 145 receiving, 2 TD
Braylon Edwards (CLE): 67 receiving, 3 TD (not a bad yardage to touchdown ratio)
Wes Welker (NE): 124 receiving, 2 TD
Steve Smith (CAR): 151 receiving, 1 TD
Tony Gonzalez (KC): 102 receiving, 2 TD (one of my projected studs of the week!)

To cap off all of this craziness, my Patriots put a good ol’ fashioned whooping on the Cowboys of Dallas. I hope T.O. brought his popcorn so he had something to munch on while watching the Tom Brady Show.