Week 11 of the 2014 NFL season is in the books. Lets see who excelled to make themselves a week 11 hero.
It's time to start the Jaamal Charles for MVP chatter because the running back has been great this season and against the World Champion Seahawks he stepped things up a notch. Charles finished the game with a 2 touchdowns and a season best 159 yards. He also chipped in with 19 receiving yards.
Seattle's defense may have been missing some of its best run stuffers but this shouldn't take away anything from Charles. The Kansas City Chief franchise star is the backbone of a surprisingly feisty team.
Seeing a rookie do well is one of the simplest pleasures the NFL has to offer. So congratulations to seventh overall draft pick Mike Evans who tore it up on Sunday. Evans had two touchdowns and 209 receiving yards from just seven receptions meaning he was just shy of averaging 30 yards per reception.
Evans success is a rare bit of good news for a Tampa Bay team that amazingly isn't out of the NFC South title and playoff race.
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Not much to say here save that Rodgers is playing lights out football at the moment. Baring an asteroid strike hitting Lambeau Field or the Packers are going to have be the number one seeding in the NFC.
That means home advantage. That means no team is going to be able to lay a glove on them. That means its Superbowl time.
Grey had no career touchdowns before the Colts game he finished the game with four and 199 yards. Will it be a one off? The rest of the league hopes so!
When A.J. Green is on form the Bengals are a strong team. Sunday's game against New Orleans was his third 100 yard plus game but his first since week 3.
Green's return to form means that the Bengals will feel awfully confident about making it back into the postseason again. Now they just need to find a way to win a playoff game.
Dalton went from a having a historically bad passer rating of 2 against the Browns to having his career best passer rating of 143.9 as he three touchdown passers to come away from the Superdome with win.
It takes a special sort of performance to stop Peyton Manning but that is what the Rams defense managed this week week. Manning finished the game with 389 passing yards but he was intercepted twice and the Broncos running game was ground into dust.
The Rams defense came up with another big performance and this time it was outside of the conference. It is just a shame it took them so long to get going.
The NFL is right to make helmet to helmet contact illegal but that doesn't mean every hard hit is illegal.
McLeod's hit on Sanders was brutal and legal and great football. The fact that it was penalized continues a worrying league wide anti-defensive trend.
Ryan Mallet may have enjoyed a successful NFL debut and J.J. Watt may have got yet another offensive TD but Alfred Blue is the true hero. His 156 rushing yards anchored the Texans to a shock on the road win.
The only downside was his failure to get the touchdown he deserved. Still fantasy owners can't have everything.
Brandon Marshall & Alshon Jeffery
What is on paper the best wide receiver duo in the NFL came up good for the first time this season to arrest the Bears slide into irrelevancy. Marshall came up big in the redzone with two touchdowns and Jeffery finished the game with 135 yards and a touchdown.
The double act will need to repeat the trick another six times for it to mean anything though.
If ever a player was making a statement it was Robert Gronkowski as he picked up Sergio Brown bull rushed the player off the pitch half the length off the pitch and tossed the hapless Brown into the TV camera.
Given that the play was a two yard touchdown rush and the game was long over as a competitive spectacle I think it is fair to say that Gronkowski was serving notice on the league.
Add this to his long mauling run and it is fair to Gronkowkski had quite the day in week 11.
In what was effectively a knockout game against the Buffalo Bills the Miami Dolphins defense came up big. Kyle Orton was restricted to under 200 passing yards, the Bills running game got only 54 yards total and all nine of the Bills points came from field goals.
The Patriots are so far ahead that the Dolphins aren't going to catch them but keep this up a playoff spot is highly likely.
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