Week six of the NFL is done. Lets take a look at the players that made the difference.
Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams
Pulling a Dan Moreno in Miami. That takes guts and nerves of steel. Even more impressively it wasn't planned. According to Rodgers he went to spike the ball in the final seconds of the game against the Dolphins but saw that the coverage on Adams wasn't good so he gambled not just on the throw but on the rookie having enough about him to get out of bounds. The fact that Rodgers was able to place so much faith in a rookie and the rookie showed that that faith was deserved bodes well for the Packers.
Dallas Cowboys offensive line
DeMarco Murray might be getting all the plaudits but he would not be quite so dominant if it wasn't for the offensive line that is in front of him. Jerry Jones might have wanted to grab Cleveland backup QB Manziel in the draft but investing further in the offensive line was the smartest move the Cowboys have made in a couple of decades.
Typically, when Frank Gore averages 2.4 yards per carry you would expect the 49ers to lose or at the very least be run close. On Monday night though the 49ers won by two touchdowns away from home as they thrashed the St Louis Rams 31-17.
This margin of victory was thanks to a superb performance from Colin Kaepernick as he threw for a season high 343 yards and three touchdowns. He added another 37 yards with his feet at an average of 12.3 yards per rushing attempt.
In short Kaepernick was sensational on Monday. Even more impressive though was that he spread his targets and receptions around. In previous seasons Kaepernick has tended to hone in on one particular player. Against the Rams though he spread the ball around on 22 successful passes he hit Boldin seven times, Johnson five times, Crabtree 3 times and Davis three times.
Against the Texans T.Y. Hilton exploded. He had one touchdown and 223 receiving yards. Prior to week six his biggest single game amount was 105 yards against the Titans. His week 6 efforts then were more than double his previous best for the season. With 9 receptions in each of the last two games Hilton could be set to cement himself as a top three wide receiver in the league if he continues to get the targets.
Reports of Brady's demise have been greatly exaggerated. Against a strong Bills defense he threw for 361 yards at an average of 9.8 yards per passing attempt. This comes off the back of a Monday Night demolition of the Bengals. At some point the Brady era will come to an end but that day has not arrived yet.
It may be a lost cause but Derek Carr is giving the struggling Oakland Raiders reasons for optimism. He threw for 282 yards and four passing touchdowns in Week Six. Those four touchdowns were a franchise first for the Raiders. Never has a rookie quarterback done that in an Oakland shirt. Even better for the Raiders the last rookie QB to throw four touchdowns was third round pick Russell Wilson and he just led the Seahawks to a World Championship.
After struggling pretty much all season LeSean McCoy burst back into life and with 149 yards at an average of 6.8 yards per rushing attempt. Given that Darren Sproules is out injured for the next couple of weeks McCoy's return to form could not be better timed.
Five first half touchdowns in the quickest time in NFL history. If any Buccaneers fans
arrived late to the game they had essentially missed the game because the Ravens had won within five minutes of the kickoff.
Gerald McCoy summed things up saying "I was sitting on sidelines and it's 35-0. What happened?"