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Arian Foster  /  RB  /  Houston Texans

The buzz around Foster had been building throughout training camp, but no one predicted a performance like this in Week One. Foster, in his second career start after spending much of last season on the practice squad, ran for a team-record 231 yards and scored three touchdowns in Houston's 34-24 win over Indianapolis. "It didn't feel like I was going to be able to get going early, but you keep pounding and pounding, and they start getting a little tired and we start getting a little tired," Foster said. "It's a test of wills." Foster seemed to get stronger as the game wore on, as he rushed for 191 yards in the second half. O.J. Simpson is the only back in league history to rush for more yards on opening weekend.


Adrian Wilson  /  S  /  Arizona Cardinals

Wilson was the Cardinals' playmaker in Week One. He blocked a field goal — a 34-yard chip shot for Rams PK Josh Brown — for the first time in his 10-year career, had one sack and picked off two passes, the second of which came in the endzone on rookie QB Sam Bradford's desperation heave in the final seconds. Wilson's last interception sealed Arizona's 17-13 win in St. Louis. It wasn't pretty, but, as head coach Ken Whisenhunt pointed out — when they had to make plays, they pulled them out. Wilson became the first player to get a sack, interception and a blocked field goal in the same game since Julius Peppers did so in 2004. He also has had a sack and an interception in each of his past two games against the Rams.


Brandon Tate  /  WR  /  New England Patriots

The Patriots already had a commanding 24-3 lead at halftime, and WR Brandon Tate stunned the Bengals with his kickoff return to open the second half. PK Mike Nugent caught Tate, who was sidelined for most of his rookie season with a knee injury, off guard with a squib kick, but Tate improvised. "They did like a squib kick," Tate told reporters. "That kind of messed up our reads. I just got it, made a guy or two miss and I was off to the races. ... To tell you the truth, I thought it was going to mess up everybody. I thought everyone was going to stop blocking and try to get back and get the ball. But everyone stayed to their assignment." The Bengals couldn't catch up and fell, 38-24.

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