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NFL Week 1 Results: Top 11 Quarterback Performances from Opening Week

James ToljCorrespondent IISeptember 13, 2011

NFL Week 1 Results: Top 11 Quarterback Performances from Opening Week

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    The first week of NFL games saw a number of quarterbacks put on fantastic performances. So which quarterbacks played the best?

    Looking at games across the league we will see the top performers from Week 1. While some of these guys gritted out wins, the others flawlessly lead their teams to victory.

    Here are the best of the best from the opening week of games.

Kevin Kolb

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    Kevin Kolb just made the list of the top 11 performances on Sunday.

    While Kolb had two fumbles and wasn't close to perfection, he did enough to get a win over the Carolina Panthers and a red hot Cam Newton.

    Kolb had two touchdowns and 309 yards on the day.

    Kolb did manage to spread the ball around, too, giving the ball up to eight different targets including 61 yards to Larry Fitzgerald and 108 yards to Early Doucet.

Jay Cutler

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    Jay Cutler and the Bears overtook a dangerous Atlanta Falcons team in Week 1 that many people assumed would come out swinging against (although they didn't look very tough on Sunday).

    Cutler finished the day with 312 yards and two touchdowns throwing only one interception.

    Cutler played well considering he faced pressure from the Falcons defense who sacked him five times.

    Cutler threw a few bombs to wide receivers and found Bears' running back, Matt Forte, on multiple occasions. The two hooked up five times for 90 yards and a touchdown.

Rex Grossman

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    No one other than the overconfident Rex Grossman expects much out of the Redskins this season, but after the game Grossman and the Redskins had against the New York Giants, people might start paying attention.

    Grossman passed for 305 yards and two touchdowns without throwing an interception on Sunday.

    He didn't play an overly conservative game either. He took shots down the field and had a few completions of over 20 yards.

    Grossman will have a relatively easy matchup versus the Arizona Cardinals next Monday who got burned by Cam Newton, so he could have a repeat performance.

Joe Flacco

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    Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens' offense picked apart the Pittsburgh Steelers. A game that most thought would go down to the wire turned into a 35-7 blowout.

    Flacco threw for three touchdowns and 224 yards on 17 completions.

    He got a chance to introduce both of Todd Heap's replacements, Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta, to the Steelers as they combined for 104 yards and a touchdown.

    Playing against the Ravens' toughest divisional rival, Flacco couldn't have chosen a better time for the his superb game.

Chad Henne

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    Miami Dolphins Quarterback, Chad Henne, put up 416 yards against the New England Patriots on Monday night.

    There was only one problem, and his name was Tom Brady.

    Henne had a great game for a quarterback under some much scrutiny in the offseason. He hit Reggie Bush and Brian Hartline for one touchdown a piece, and he ran for 59 yards and a rushing touchdown.

    It just didn't matter how good Henne played, every quarterback in the NFL was overshadowed by Brady in Week 1. 

Ryan Fitzpatrick

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    The Buffalo Bills quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick, dismantled the Kansas City Chiefs in the team's season opener at Arrowhead Stadium.

    While nothing was going right for Kansas City on both sides of the ball, everything was going right for Fitzpatrick and the Bills.

    Fitzpatrick only threw for 208 yards, but he hurt the Chiefs with four touchdowns.

    After going up early Fitzpatrick was in cruise control, and the game ended in a 41-7 beatdown.

Matthew Stafford

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    There has been a lot of talk about Matthew Stafford and how he is poised to have a big season for the Detroit Lions.

    While no one knows if Stafford can stay healthy throughout the season, if he does it seems those who were so high on the Lions' quarterback were right.

    Stafford posted 305 yards and three touchdowns through the air (one interception as well). Two of those touchdowns were to Stafford's favorite target and superhuman, Calvin Johnson.

    With weapons like Johnson and tight end Brandon Pettigrew, Stafford should have another big day next week against the Chiefs. 

Aaron Rodgers

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    Aaron Rodgers looked unstoppable in the first two quarters versus the New Orleans Saints on Thursday.

    Once the game was over, Rodgers had put up 308 yards passing and three touchdowns.

    He found his top target, Greg Jennings, seven times for 89 yards and a touchdown, and the Green Bay quarterback spread the ball around to nine different targets in the 42-34 victory. 

Cam Newton

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    In Cam Newton's NFL regular season debut, the former Auburn Tiger fell just short of beating the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

    Newton had a record-breaking performance, shattering Peyton Manning's most yards by a rookie in a debut.

    He threw for 422 yards, two touchdowns, one rushing touchdown and an interception, in a 21-28 loss.

    Newton found star receiver, Steve Smith, on eight receptions for 178 and both of Newton's passing touchdowns.  

    Although mistakes by the Arizona defense helped Newton out, the rookie put on quite a show. 

Drew Brees

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    On the other end of the 42-34 victory by the Green Bay Packers Thursday were the New Orleans Saints and quarterback, Drew Brees.

    Brees put up phenomenal numbers against one of the best defenses in the NFL.

    He threw for 419 yards and three touchdowns while finding six different targets.

    While the Saints started off slow on the team's first couple of possessions and couldn't pull out a win, the Saints can find some consolation in knowing that Brees won't let the team go down without a fight.

Tom Brady

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    New England Patriots superstar, Tom Brady, had a dominant performance against the Miami Dolphins on Monday night. 

    Miami could have had 12 players on the field and still wouldn't have slowed Brady down.

    Playing in a no-huddle offense all night, Brady's only mistake was a first half interception, but his eye-popping 517 yards and four touchdowns made up for it.

    The Miami defense had high expectations this season, and as long as they stay away from the scorching Brady they might have a chance to live up to them. 

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