By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor
Quarterbacks take the spotlight week in and week out in the NFL. But in Week 4, we’re going to focus on the running backs.
Several running backs had impressive showings this weekend – and late last week.
Three that stood out from the crowd were San Francisco’s Frank Gore, Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson and Detroit’s Reggie Bush.
Of course, we still have to give a shout out to Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers for their performances this weekend.
Veterans of the Week
Frank Gore, RB, San Francisco 49ers
Many NFL pundits wondered when Gore would have a breakout game to get his season rolling. It happened last week when he rushed for 153 yards and a touchdown in a 35-11 win over the St. Louis Rams.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings
Peterson is at it again this year. He’s second in the league so far in rushing with 421 yards after adding 140 in a 34-27 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in London. Peterson also scored twice.
Reggie Bush, RB, Detroit Lions
Bush averaged 7.7 yards a carry in a 40-32 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Bush ran for 139 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries.
Rookies of the Week
Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Bell didn’t run for the type of yardage that gets noticed, but he made it count. Bell scored two touchdowns in a loss.
Kiko Alonso, LB, Buffalo Bills
E.J. Manuel isn’t the only Bills rookie fans should watch. Linebacker Kiko Alonso had two interceptions in Buffalo’s 23-20 win over Baltimore.
Kenbrell Thompkins, WR, New England Patriots
The undrafted free agent shined this weekend, catching six passes for 127 including a touchdown. He also had two touchdowns the week before against Tampa Bay.
2013 Topps Finest Mystery autograph redemptions – Topps announced on its football Twitter account last week that Thompkins would be its redemption player.
Breakout Players of the Week
Jerome Simpson, WR, Minnesota Vikings
The 2008 draft pick has had pockets of good moments throughout his career – and he enjoyed another with Matt Cassel under center this weekend. Simpson caught seven passes for 124 yards against Pittsburgh.
Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots
Tom Brady needs a target and it seems as Edelman is the beneficiary this year. He had 118 yards on seven catches in Sunday’s win for just his second 100-yard game of his five-year career.
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