With the start of college football comes the start of the National Football League and the professionals just wrapped up their opening week of games.

So it’s officially football season and we have all the latest on how former SEC players did in their first week of the 2014 season. Here are the top performances.

QB Matthew Stafford
NFL team: Detroit Lions
Former SEC team: Georgia Bulldogs
Week 1 stats: 22-32, 346 passing yards, two rushing yards, three total TDs

The former Georgia Bulldog shined on the national stage as the Detroit Lions defeated the New York Giants on Monday night football. Stafford was able to hook up early with his ultra-talented (and former Georgia Tech) wide receiver Calvin Johnson for two quick scores. He eventually helped seal the game with a four-yard touchdown run of his own.

QB Peyton Manning
NFL team: Denver Broncos
Former SEC team: Tennessee Volunteers
Week 1 stats: 22-36, 269 passing yards and three touchdowns

Another ho-hum week for Peyton Manning. I have a strong feeling we’ll be seeing him in this weekly write-up virtually all season. The former Tennessee quarterback developed a quick rapport with his tight end Julius Thomas as all three touchdown passes went to him. You could almost argue 269 passing yards and three touchdowns is an “off week” for the All-Pro QB.

WR AJ Green
NFL team: Cincinnati Bengals
Former SEC team: Georgia Bulldogs
Week 1 stats: Six catches, 131 receiving yards and one touchdown

AJ Green continues to be one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. HIs 2014 season got off to a great start with six receptions, 131 receiving yards and one touchdown and the Bengals were able to squeak out a close victory against the Baltimore Ravens on the road. Green’s big day was highlighted by a game-winning 77-yard touchdown reception.

WR Cordarrelle Patterson
NFL team: Minnesota Vikings
Former SEC team: Tennessee Volunteers
Week 1 stats: Three carries, 102 rushing yards, three receptions, 26 receiving yards and one rushing touchdown

Patterson is arguably one of the most athletic and most talented wide receivers in the NFL. Playing in Minnesota, Patterson can be forgotten about with Adrian Peterson in the backfield, but the former Tennessee standout can do it all for the Vikings. He reeled off an electrifying 67-yard run and became the first Vikings receiver in team history to ever rush for 100 yards in a game.

QB Jay Cutler
NFL team: Chicago Bears
Former SEC team: Vanderbilt Commodores
Week 1 stats: 34-49, 349 passing yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions

In the end, the Chicago Bears lost in overtime to the Buffalo Bills, but Jay Cutler had a very productive season-opening game. The Vanderbilt product threw for nearly 350 yards and had two passing touchdowns. The two interceptions were costly, but Cuter did lead the Bears on a last-minute drive in the fourth quarter to tie the game with a field goal at with 30 seconds remaining in the game.

SS Eric Berry
NFL team: Kansas City Chiefs
Former SEC team: Tennessee Volunteers
Week 1 stats: 15 total tackles, including 14 solo tackles and one pass deflection

Eric Berry continues to terrorize opposing NFL offenses as the starting strong safety for the Kansas City Chiefs. The former All-American recorded an incredible 15 tackles in the team’s season-opening 26-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans. His 15 total tackles currently leads the NFL.