Week 3's 'hidden stars'

Dontari Poe among players who outperformed their stats in Week 3

Updated: September 25, 2013, 2:23 PM ET
By Field Yates | ESPN Insider

Dontari Poe and Derrick Johnson USA TODAY SportsDontari Poe and Derrick Johnson both had great performances against the Eagles.

Week 3 lacked some of the offensive sizzle of the weeks preceeding it, as just one quarterback -- Ben Roethlisberger -- eclipsed 400 yards passing following a pair of weeks in which six quarterbacks accomplished the same feat.

But that's not to underscore the brilliance of Week 3 standouts such as Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (175 yards rushing) and the Saints' duo of quarterback Drew Brees (342 yards passing, three touchdowns) and tight end Jimmy Graham, who hauled in nine catches for 134 yards and a pair of scores.

It wasn't only those who dominated the box score that deserve attention for their efforts, however, as many players' contributions extend beyond what the numbers encapsulate.

Below is our look at Week 3's five hidden stars, leading with a tandem that has helped its team to more wins in September than it had all of last season.

1. Derrick Johnson, LB/Dontari Poe, NT, Kansas City Chiefs

Fellow linebacker Justin Houston should capture AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors after a dominating effort and Eric Berry stole the early headlines with an interception return for a touchdown in Kansas City's 26-16 win over Philadelphia, but Johnson was right in the center of the action.


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Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.