What a brilliant first Sunday of football. We had everything from power backs doing what they do best (Chris Johnson) to surprise aerial assaults (Jay Cutler). Like every week one that has ever happened, there are always surprises. This time around I think it has to go to Arian Foster of the Texans and Hakeem Nicks of the Giants. Although you can probably write Vick in as a nice surprise (if you are an Eagle fan) as well.
The Texan’s running game going into this week was completely up in the air. No one had stood out during the pre-season and all of the backs had some serious fumbling issues. I’m not going to lie and say I saw this coming, but with the Colts D not as stout as previous years, I expected at least a 80-100 yard day. I didn’t expect him to get 33 carries for 231 yards and 3 touchdowns. No one expected this, I mean after all he was an undrafted free agent signing last year.
The former Tennessee Volunteer signed with the Texans in November of 2009 after becoming the all time rushing leader in Vols history. Not considered fast and a little too tall and heavy to be a productive back in the NFL. He proved all doubters wrong after replacing Steve Slaton as the go to back in Houston.
Hakeem Nicks on the other hand was supposed to be a star in the league. He was drafted in the first round of the 2009 draft and immediately saw action as a secondary receiver for Eli Manning. Last season he had 46 catches for a little over 450 yards. Today, make no bones about it, he is the end zone target this season for Manning. Week one he had 4 catches for 75 yards and 3 touchdowns. He may not be a Wes Welker type receiver, but he can separate from DBs and he beat a very good Carolina secondary.
As far as their cards go, this Score Inscriptions Hakeem Nicks card sold for $35. Most of his other cards can be had right around the $10 mark. As for Arian Foster, forget about it, they are running through the roof now. The Bowman Sterling card went for $150, and even his press pass cards are running close to $40. Not too bad for an undrafted rookie huh?