3) Julio Jones, wide receiver, Atlanta Falcons: Julio Jones and the Atlanta Falcons had a breakout 56-14 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jones hauled in nine passes for 161-yards and caught two of Matt Ryan’s three touchdown passes. Redeeming himself for his injury plagued 2013 season, J.J looks to have those same numbers against the struggling Minnesota Vikings.
2) Drew Brees, quarterback, New Orleans Saints: Drew Brees is slowly beginning to take charge of this 2014 season. Against Minnesota, Brees looked sharp by completing 27 of 35 passes for 293-yards and two touchdown passes. As the Saints prepare to face Dallas, they will face a defense that surrendered 327-yards and three touchdown passes to Rams quarterback Austin Davis. A big day from Brees is not out of the question.
1) Justin Tucker, kicker, Baltimore Ravens: Many people believe that it’s sad whenever a kicker almost single handedly leads a team to victory. At this point however, Justin Tucker deserves to be labeled as the Ravens most valuable player. In victories over Pittsburgh and Cleveland, Tucker accounted for 25 of Baltimore’s 49 total points. Baltimore will host Carolina this week. The Panthers have a sturdy defense, so Justin Tucker should be called upon a lot.
3) LeSean McCoy, running back, Philadelphia Eagles: 22-yards on 19 carries? Seriously? Those are not the numbers that LeSean McCoy is used to getting. But that’s what Washington’s defense limited him to last Sunday. Nick Foles’ 325-yards and three touchdown passes, along with Jordan Matthews two scores and Jeremy Maclin’s eight catches for 154-yards and one touchdown propelled the Eagles to victory.
2) Tom Brady, quarterback, New England Patriots: Tom Brady’s 2014 campaign has not been easy thus far. Brady had an inconsistent season opening performance in Miami. The next week in Minnesota, Brady had just under 150-yards through the air. Last Sunday, Brady threw just one touchdown against the lowly Oakland Raiders, a game which the Patriots won by a score of 16-9. To analyze this, he does not look like the Tom Brady of years past.
1) Ryan Tannehill, quarterback, Miami: Not too many people thought that Ryan Tannehill was going to be Joe Philbin’s starting quarterback for week four. Even if he does get the nod and plays poorly, he will be pulled. Maybe that’s the tonic that these Dolphins need. Tannehill was inconsistent against the winless Chiefs last week, completing less than half of his passes for one touchdown.