NFL Scores: 10 Breakout Performances of Week 3

Todd KaufmannSenior Writer ISeptember 26, 2010

NFL Scores: 10 Breakout Performances of Week 3

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    With Week 3 of the NFL season getting ready to wrap up, it's time to take a look at some breakout performances on this Sunday.

    Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers, and more had some big days, but were there players that surprised us and did something no one expected?

    We'll talk about that and more of the breakout performances this week.

No. 10: Matt Cassel (Kansas City Chiefs)

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    You can color me surprised that the Kansas City Chiefs are unbeaten through three games. I didn't expect them to win one of them to this point, but they have done just that.

    They added another win in the win column this afternoon, a 31-10 blowout win over the 49ers thanks to 250 yards and three touchdowns from quarterback Matt Cassel.

    Maybe he's finally starting to earn that contract.

No. 9: David Buehler (Dallas Cowboys)

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    Dallas Cowboys kicker David Buehler was kicking for his life against Houston on Sunday. If that was the truth, he sure played like it.

    Buehler was perfect on the day with field goals (2/2), including a 49-yarder, and extra points (5/5).

No. 8: Anquan Boldin (Baltimore Ravens)

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    Anquan Boldin had his best game of the season so far.

    The Baltimore Ravens' wide receiver had eight catches for 142 yards and three touchdowns.

No. 7: Philip Rivers (San Diego Chargers)

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    San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers finished with a big day thanks to his right arm.

    Rivers threw for 455 yards and two touchdowns on 29-of-53 passing against the Seahawks.

    Only problem is, the Chargers came up short, again, and dropped a 27-20 decision to Seattle.

No. 6: Brandon Lloyd (Denver Broncos)

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    When your quarterback throws for almost 500 yards, you're almost sure to get a lot of those ball thrown your way.

    The guy that benefited the most was Broncos wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, who had six catches for 169 yards and a touchdown.

No. 5: Michael Vick (Philadelphia Eagles)

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    It turns out Philadelphia Eagles' head coach Andy Reid made the right decision when he named Michael Vick the starter against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

    Vick threw for 291 yards, ran for 30 more, and scored four total touchdowns in the Eagles' 28-3 blowout win.

No. 4: Adrian Peterson (Minnesota Vikings)

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    Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson had his biggest game of the season so far.

    The former Oklahoma Sooner finished with 160 yards on the ground and two touchdowns.

No. 3: Austin Collie (Indianapolis Colts)

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    Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Austin Collie benefits from having Peyton Manning as his quarterback and he reaped those benefits on Sunday.

    Collie had 12 receptions for 171 yards and two touchdowns against the Denver Broncos.

No. 2: Kyle Orton (Denver Broncos)

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    You'd think when a quarterback throws for almost 500 yards that his team could come out with a victory.

    It didn't go that way for the Denver Broncos as they dropped a 27-13 decision to the Indianapolis Colts.

    Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton threw for 476 yards and a touchdown against the Colts but his team came up short.

No. 1: Peyton Hillis (Cleveland Browns)

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    The biggest performance of the day came from someone that I'm not sure anyone knew before today.

    Cleveland running back Peyton Hillis ran for 144 yards on 22 carries and a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens.