5 Biggest Breakout Performances From Week 1 of NFL Action

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5 Biggest Breakout Performaces From Week 1 of NFL Action

Week 1
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Week 1 of the NFL Season is in the books and we saw some great team performances as well as individual performances. It is difficult to predict the outcome of the rest of the season based on what we saw in the first week, but for some teams, we saw a player step up and give a breakout performance.

We saw players like Peyton Manning throw for seven touchdowns against the defending Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens. Adrian Peterson did not disappoint by scoring three TDs and breaking a 78-yard TD run on his first carry of the season. Cincinnati Bengal receiver A.J. Green torched the Chicago Bears secondary with 9 catches for 162 yards and 2 TDs.

We also saw players have spectacular debuts for new teams like Reggie Bush, who carried the ball 21 times for 90 yards, and caught four passes for 101 yards and a TD for the Detriot Lions. Alex Smith led the Kansas City Chiefs to a 28-2 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars by throwing for two early TDs. The biggest debut of all was Anquan Boldin, who was traded to the San Francisco 49ers after he helped beat them in the Super Bowl. Boldin finished with 13 catches for 208 yards and a touchdown.

All of these performances were great to watch and could be considered breakouts for 2013. However, for this article, I feel like the ground rules for a breakout performance are different. These five were all performances that caught you by surprise, and made people attack the waiver wire in fantasy football.

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5. Duke Ihenacho

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Ihenacho is a second-year safety out of San Jose State University. He was undrafted and only played in two games his rookie season and recorded only one tackle. In his first NFL start on Thursday Night, he registered 12 tackles and three passes defended against the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens.

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4. Jordan Cameron

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Jordan Cameron came into his third NFL season with 26 receptions for 259 yards and one touchdown. His best game as a pro was seven receptions for 45 yards in 2012. On Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, Cameron was the only weapon for Brandon Weeden and finished the day with nine catches for 108 yards and a touchdown.

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3. Philadelphia Eagles Offense

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Coming into this season, everyone wondered if the Chip Kelly offense could work in the NFL. The Philadelphia Eagles put up 443 yards against the defending NFC East champion Washington Redskins in a victory on Monday Night. They also gained 263 yards on the ground, which leads the NFL by 92 over the next best team, the Oakland Raiders. It's still unknown whether this offense can be sustained through a whole season, but it sure looks good through Week 1.

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2. Terrelle Pryor

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In the offseason, he Oakland Raiders traded for Matt Flynn to take over as the starting quarterback for the 2013 season. However, in the preseason, Terrelle Pryor outplayed him heavily and ended up winning the role for Week 1. Coming into the 2013 season, Pryor had career totals of 14 for 30 passing with 155 yards and two TDs. He also accumulated 51 rushing yards on 10 carries and one TD. On Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, Pryor went 19 for 29 passing for 217 yards and a TD, while running for 112 yards on 13 carries.

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1. Julius Thomas

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It's surprising to know that Julius Thomas is in his third season as a Denver Bronco. He came into this season with one career catch for five yards on seven targets. In Week 1 against the Baltimore Ravens, he was targeted seven times and had five catches for 110 yards and two TDs. He not only has Peyton Manning throwing the ball to him, but Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Eric Decker lined up at receiver. Look for Thomas to own the middle of the field and score double digit TDs this season.