By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor
The second week of the football season found a couple of teams that are surprisingly undefeated. The Chiefs stand tall on that list.
However, when it comes to standout players, there are many familiar faces on this list of the week’s top performers.
Veterans of the Week
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
Rodgers completed 81 percent of his passes (34-for-42) and threw four touchdowns in a 38-20 drubbing of the Washington Redskins.
DeSean Jackson, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
Jackson had 193 receiving yards and a touchdown on nine catches in a 33-30 loss to the Chargers. It could have been a bigger day if not for penalties that took away some of Jackson’s yards.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks
The 27-year-old had to work for his yards, but he had 98 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 28 attempts in a 29-3 win over San Francisco. He also added three catches for 37 yards and another score.
Rookies of the Week
E.J. Manuel, QB, Buffalo Bills
Manuel earned his first win as a quarterback beating the Carolina Panthers 24-23. Manuel orchestrated a winning drive in the fourth quarter. He finished with 296 passing yards with a touchdown and an interception, completing 27-of-39 passes.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans
Hopkins caught seven catches for 117 yards and a touchdown in a 30-24 win over the Tennessee Titans.
Tavon Austin, WR, St. Louis Rams
Austin had six catches (47 yards) in a 31-24 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. He made the most of them too with two of going for touchdowns.
Breakout Players of the Week
Eddie Royal, WR, San Diego Chargers
In two weeks, Royal has matched his season-high in touchdowns with five. Against the Philadelphia Eagles this weekend, he had 90 yards and three touchdowns on seven receptions.
James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers
Starks had just the second 100-yard rushing game of his career this weekend. The fourth-year player ran for 132 yards on 20 carries with a touchdown.
Defensive Players of the Week
Aqib Talib, CB, New England Patriots
The 2008 first-round draft pick had two interceptions and a forced fumble in a 13-10 win over the New York Jets.
Mario Williams, DE, Buffalo Bills
Cam Newton hopes he doesn’t have to Mario Williams any time soon. Williams sacked Newton 4.5 times in Sunday’s 24-23 win, setting a franchise record.
Luke Kuechly, LB, Carolina Panthers
Kuechly is at it at it again. The second-year player had 14 tackles and an interception in Sunday’s 24-23 loss to Buffalo.