With week 7 of the NFL all but over lets round up which players took the center stage.
By this point you kind of feel that everything that needs saying about Peyton Manning has been said. Against the 49ers, in what was supposed to be a close game, he threw
for 318 yards and four touchdowns to surpass Brett Favre's touchdown record. I don't know if he is the greatest QB to ever play the game but he is certainly in the conversation.
With 128 yards and one touchdown against the Giants Murray made it seven consecutive 100 plus rushing games. By starting this run in the first game of the season Murray has broke a record that has stood for 56 years since it was set by Jim Brown. That's pretty sensational.
Rams Special Teams
Special teams are often overlooked but made the difference for the Rams against the reigning Superbowl champions. First, they scored a touchdown on punt return by deceiving the entire Seattle side into looking for the ball on the wrong side of the pitch. Then, even more impressively, they faked a punt in their own red zone to pick up a game sealing first down.
Indianapolis Colts defense
Heading into the season the Colts defense did not seem like anything special. In the absence of Ryan Mathis they were missing their best pass rusher and it was tough to see who was going to step up to replace him.
With almost half the season gone though the Colts rank third out of all defenses in the NFL. Furthermore, they just shut out the Bengals notching up three sacks against an offensive line that had only given up two sacks over every other week of the season.
Tannehill completed 78.1% of his passes for a QB rating of 123.6 against the Bears at Soldier Field as he led Miami to a comfortable 27-14 win. That's not bad for a player whose coach refused to confirm him as a starter three games ago.
After running both the Steelers and the Titans close the Jaguars finally got a first win of the season against Cleveland Browns. This just leaves the hapless Oakland Raiders without a win this season.
When Doug Whaley traded up in the draft to grab Sammy Watkins it would be fair to say that Whaley was gambling with his job. With 144 yards and two touchdowns, including the last second game winner, Sammy Watkins is showing that Whaley's gamble was a smart one.
Without Megatron the Lions needed Golden Tate to step up and help Matthew Stafford move the chains. Tate did just that by setting career records in receptions (10) and yards in a single game (154). More than this though he came up with the momentum changing 73 yard touchdown that lit the spark on the Lions come from behind win.
Honourable mention : Russell Wilson
Russell Wilson threw for 313 yards and rushed for 106. That is the first time in NFL history that a QB had thrown for over 300 yards and rushed for over 100 yards in a single game. When you factor in his two passing touchdowns and his rushing touchdown you can make a strong case that this was Wilson's best ever NFL performance. His team still lost though.
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