Week 1: Studs & Duds


Willie Parker

"Fast" Willie proved he's just as fast as he was before a broken right leg ended his 2007 season prematurely. Parker rushed for 138 yards and three touchdowns as the Steelers cruised to a 38-17 victory over the Texans. Parker's three TD runs were a career high and are one more than he had last season, when he ran for 1,316 yards.

Michael Turner

The Falcons' prized free-agent addition, Turner didn't disappoint in his regular-season debut. Turner rushed for a team-record 220 yards on 22 carries (a 10-yard average) and two TDs in the Falcons' 34-21 victory over the Lions.

Donovan McNabb

Healthier than he's been in years, McNabb carved up the Rams' defense. Without the services of his top two receivers, McNabb threw for 361 yards and three TDs, including a 90-yarder to Hank Baskett, as Philly dominated the Rams, 38-3.

Drew Brees

Brees threw for 343 yards and three TD passes, including an 84-yarder to Devery Henderson, to lead the Saints to a 24-20 victory over the Bucs. Brees' 42-yard scoring strike to Reggie Bush gave New Orleans the lead for good with 7:38 left in the fourth quarter.

Dante Rosario

Rosario had six catches all last season. On Sunday, Rosario caught seven passes, the biggest being a 14-yard TD strike from Jake Delhomme as time expired that gave Carolina a 26-24 victory over San Diego.

The Titans' defense

Defense was a big reason the Titans made the playoffs last season. If Week 1 was any indication, the Titans' D will be a force once again in 2008. The Titans sacked Jaguars QB David Garrard seven times and Cortland Finnegan intercepted Garrard twice as the Titans won 17-10. Tennessee held Jacksonville to only 33 rushing yards.

The Bills' special teams

Thanks to an exemplary effort from their special teams, the Bills pulled off one of the biggest stunners of Week 1. Roscoe Parrish returned a punt 63 yards for a touchdown and punter Brian Moorman completed a 19-yard TD pass to DE Ryan Denney on a fake field goal, highlighting Buffalo's 34-10 victory over the Seahawks. Buffalo also got a fumble recovery on a kickoff from kicker Rian Lindell. The play set up a 30-yard TD pass from Trent Edwards to Robert Royal.


Carson Palmer

Palmer completed only 10 of 25 passes for 99 yards and was picked off once in the Bengals' 17-10 loss at Baltimore. It was only the third time Palmer has been held under 100 yards passing.

The Bengals' defense

Palmer had plenty of company on a dismal day all around for the Bengals. The Bengals' D got pushed around by a Ravens offense that started a rookie quarterback (Joe Flacco) and did not have its best running back (Willis McGahee). Baltimore ran for 229 yards and averaged 5.0 yards per carry. Baltimore also was 6-for-6 on third-and-1 conversions, which helped keep Cincinnati's offense off the field.

The Lions' defense

Turner's 220-yard outburst was only part of Detroit's defensive ineptitude. The Lions allowed 318 total rushing yards, including 93 to Jerious Norwood. The Falcons, playing with rookie QB Matt Ryan, scored touchdowns on their first three possessions.

The 49ers

The 49ers committed five turnovers in their 23-13 loss to the Cardinals. Quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan, making his first NFL start, threw an interception and lost two fumbles.