Two weeks down in the 2017 season and already we’re seeing some really special players showing off their talents on offense. We’ve picked three of the best from this week’s performances, and after we’ve made our case, you can vote for your favorite at the bottom of the page.
Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
Who else was going to get top billing this week? With only three healthy wide receivers available, some thought that Tom would struggle against the Saints, but no. The man who turned 40 just last month drew on 17 years of NFL experience to take advantage of the other weapons at his disposal and had 300 yards and three touchdowns by halftime, including a 53-yard strike to tight end Rob Gronkowski.
And just when you thought he might slow up, Brady threw for almost another 150 yards after the break to finish on 447 for the game. He connected with nine receivers over the course of 60 minutes, four of whom would pass 50 yards receiving - Gronk finished on 116!
I mean, I know it’s only the Saints, but this was vintage Brady.
CJ Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos
The Denver Broncos are known for solid defense as much as anything these days - their job is simply to keep the opponent’s score low enough for the offense to match it. But some days they simply break out on offense, and Sunday’s matchup against the Dallas Cowboys was one of those days.
The biggest beneficiary in this game was running back CJ Anderson, coming off a torn meniscus that kept him out of the second half of last season. The Broncos’ bell cow ran for 118 yards and a touchdown, the first player to pass 100 rushing yards against the Cowboys since Alfred Morris for Washington two seasons ago.
On top of that, Anderson made three catches for 36 yards and another touchdown to record his best all-purpose yardage since back-to-back 150-yard rushing performances in 2014.
Michael Crabtree, WR, Oakland Raiders
On a big passing day, it's usually the quarterbacks who dominate the headlines, but sometimes a wide receiver comes up with the goods and steals the show. And in a game where Derek Carr completed 23 of his 28 pass attempts for 230 yards, it would take a special performance to outshine him.
That performance came from Michael Crabtree, who clung onto the ball all six times it was thrown his way, including all three of the Raiders' passing touchdowns. Not a bad birthday present for the man who turned 30 just three days earlier.
This is only the second time in his career that Crabtree has caught three touchdowns in a game, the last time coming against the Ravens in week 4 last season. Meanwhile, Crabtree's performance helped the Raiders to 2-0 for the first time since 2002.
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