By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor
This week’s Monday Morning Collector was the toughest of the season. It was a fun weekend in terms of games and matchups, but then winners had to be picked.
The rookies were the biggest headache. Go with Doug Martin or Andrew Luck?
In the end, I decided to let you choose. Vote which rookie had the best week.
Now on to the awards:
Veteran of the Week
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings: There was speculation to the start the year Peterson wouldn’t be dynamic because of knee problems. After three straight games – and fourth this year – of more than 100 rushing yards, worries have seemingly wiped away.
Peterson had 182 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries (that’s an average of 10.7 yards a touch) in a 30-20 loss to Seattle.
Rookie of the Week
Option A: Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts: Luck completed 30-of-48 passes for 433 yards and two touchdowns in a 23-20 win over Miami. The 2012 top pick broke the rookie passing record set last year by Cam Newton.
Option B: Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Bucs running back had 251 yards and four touchdowns on 25 carries in a 42-32 win over the Oakland Raiders. He’s only the second back in NFL history to run for at least 250 yards and four TDs in a single game.
Breakout Performance of the Week
Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears: Since being drafted in 2006, Marshall has had an up-and-down career with a slew of injuries. Marshall stayed healthy last year and was named the Pro Bowl MVP. He’s building on that success with the 7-1 Bears.
On Sunday, Marshall caught nine passes for 122 yards and three touchdowns in a 51-20 win over Tennessee.