Top 5 Performances of Week 1 in the NFL

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NFL Top Performers of Week 1

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The NFL finally returned on Thursday, giving us all something to look forward to at the end of each week.

It was full of intrigue and great games to watch on the tube. The Tennessee Titans shocked the Pittsburgh Steelers, 16-9, shutting down Ben Roethlisberger and the offense. The New England Patriots edged out the Buffalo Bills on a late field goal by Stephen Gostkowski and the San Francisco 49ers beat the Green Bay Packers, 34-28, in one of the most hyped games of Week 1.

Any way you look at it, the 2013 NFL season got off to a bang, not disappointing.

In all of the Week 1 games, there were many individual performances that stood out among the rest. In a league with the best players in the world, putting up superior numbers from the rest of your peers makes the big stat lines all the more impressive. The running backs didn't have a great first week, with only one eclipsing the 100-yard mark. But, there were a number of receivers and quarterbacks who turned in big outings.

The following list ranks the top five individual performances from week one based on their impact for their team and stats they put up. And maybe it will help you know what players will make the biggest fantasy impact in week two.

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No. 5 Terrelle Pryor

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Terrelle Pryor was named the Oakland Raiders starting quarterback for their season opener and though they lost to the Indianapolis Colts, he was the reason the Raiders were in the game till the end. For the day, he had 217 yards with a touchdown and, despite having two picks, Pryor also added 112 yards on the ground on 13 attempts.

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No. 4 A.J. Green

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A.J. Green continued his upward ascension on the chart for the NFL's top receivers against the Chicago Bears in a losing effort. Green hauled in nine passes for 162 yards and a touchdown, the second best performance for a receiver in Week 1. He has become one of the premiere receivers in the game and continues to show why.

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No. 3 Colin Kaepernick

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49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick led his team to a thrilling victory over the Packers as he diced up their secondary. He threw for 412 yards with three scores on 27-39 passing. Kaepernick showed why many consider to be one of the best up-and-coming signal callers in the game. He didn't have a lot on the ground, but his arm made that not matter.

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No. 2 Anquan Boldin

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On the receiving end of most of Kaepernick's yards was receiver Anquan Boldin. The veteran had a spectacular day, catching 13 passes for 208 yards and a touchdown. The Packers' secondary had no answers for Boldin, as he routinely found seams and opened himself up for Kaepernick to throw to. He and Kaepernick could become one of the best pass-catch combos in the league.

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No. 1 Peyton Manning

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What can you say about Peyton Manning's Week 1 performance? He threw for a remarkable seven touchdowns and 462 yards in the Broncos win over the Baltimore Ravens. If you thought he was on the downward side of his career, think again. He continues to prove why he's one of the best to ever play.