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Week 2: Monday Morning Collector

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.

Key cards
2005 Exquisite Collection #106 Aaron Rodgers JSY AU RC
2005 Playoff Contenders #101 Aaron Rodgers AU/530* RC
2005 Topps #431 Aaron Rodgers RC

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.

Key cards
2008 Exquisite Collection #154 DeSean Jackson JSY AU RC
2008 Playoff National Treasures #124 DeSean Jackson JSY AU RC
2008 Leaf Limited #306 DeSean Jackson JSY AU RC

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.

Key cards
2007 Exquisite Collection #131 Marshawn Lynch JSY AU RC
2007 Playoff National Treasures #123 Marshawn Lynch JSY AU RC
2007 Topps Triple Threads #122 Marshawn Lynch JSY AU RC

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.

Key cards
2013 Bowman Chrome Autograph Refractors
2013 SPx UD Premier Jersey Autographs #11 EJ Manuel /125
2013 Upper Deck Rookie Autographs #119 EJ Manuel C

DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans

Hopkins caught seven catches for 117 yards and a touchdown in a 30-24 win over the Tennessee Titans.

Key cards
2013 Topps Inception #105 DeAndre Hopkins AU RC
2013 Elite #125 DeAndre Hopkins/699 RC
2013 Rookies and Stars #205 DeAndre Hopkins JSY

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.

Key cards
2013 Topps Inception #130 Tavon Austin AU RC
2013 Elite #190 Tavon Austin/699 RC
2013 Bowman Chrome Autograph Refractors

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.

Key cards
2008 Playoff National Treasures #122 Eddie Royal JSY AU RC
2008 Exquisite Collection #163 Eddie Royal JSY AU RC
2008 Playoff Contenders #135 Eddie Royal AU RC

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.

Key cards
2010 Exquisite Collection #152 James Starks AU RC
2010 Press Pass Autographs #PPSJST James Starks
2012 Prime Signatures Autographs James Starks

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.

Key cards
2008 Exquisite Collection #107 Aqib Talib AU RC
2008 SP Authentic #158 Aqib Talib AU RC
2008 Select Autographs Gold Zone #345 Aqib Talib/

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.

Key cards
2006 Leaf Limited #298 Mario Williams AU/100/John McCargo/Manny Lawson
2006 Ultimate Collection #216 Mario Williams AU/99 RC
2006 Topps Triple Threads #105 Mario Williams JSY AU RC

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.

Key cards
2012 Panini National Treasures #262 Luke Kuechly AU RC
2012 Panini Contenders #159A Luke Kuechly AU/235* RC/(blue jersey)
2012 Topps Chrome Rookie Autographs Refractors #45 Luke Kuechly

Susan Lulgjuraj is an editor at Beckett Media. You can email her here with questions, comments or ideas. Follow her on Twitter here. Follow Beckett Media on Facebook and Twitter.

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