With plenty of headlines coming from Week 10 in the NFL we take a look at just who made themselves a hero in a high-scoring week of action.
Aaron Rodgers put the Green Bay Packers game against the Bears to bed within two quarters as he completed six touchdown passes. Included in this highlight reel were sumptuous 40 and 73 yard TD passes to star wide receiver Jordy Nelson.
That performance was enough to tie the NFL record for one half of football. His job done Rodgers got himself wrapped up nice and warm and spent the second half on the sideline.
There had been speculation before this game that Chip Kelly's offense would handle the absence of Nick Foles without skipping a beat and this proved to be the case.
Mark Sanchez threw for 332 yards and four touchdowns. With Nick Foles out for the rest of the regular season it seems plausible that the QB1 spot is now Sanchez's for at least the rest of the season if not beyond.
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Philadelphia Eagles defense
The Eagles defense sacked Cam Newton nine times, forced the Panthers to fumble the ball three times, had three interceptions and scored one defensive touchdown.
With Tony Romo back under center Dez Bryant delivered a game winning performance against the Jaguars. Bryant had six receptions that he took him for 158 yards and two touchdowns.
The highlight of this was the 68 yard touchdown run where Bryant received the ball on a short underneath route and burnt his way through half the Jaguars defense before crashing down for the touchdown.
Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson
It wouldn't be too much of an exaggeration right now to say that the Seahawks are playing two running backs rather than a quarterback and a running back. Russell Wilson threw two interceptions and completed only 10 passes for 172 yards.
Wilson made up for his throwing though by rushing for 107 yards and one TD to form the junior part of a running back one two punch with Marshawn Lynch. Lynch rushed for 140 yards and four touchdowns. Seattle finished the game with a franchise record 350 rushing yards.
New York Jets Defense
There isn't going to be a bigger shock this season then the Jets' win over the Steelers.
The Steelers went into this game as the in form team in the NFL. Against the much tougher Ravens and Colts defenses Ben Roethlisberger had thrown 12 touchdowns in two games. The Jets defense meanwhile had given up a league high 24 touchdown passes.
On paper then the Steelers should have won this one comfortably. The Jets defense came up big though forcing four turnovers and restricting Big Ben to just 167 yards in the first three quarters, enough to restrict the high powered Steelers offense to just 13 points.
Cleveland Browns running game
There was a reason why pretty much everyone though the Bengals were going to win last Thursday. It was because with the injury to center Alex Mack the Browns running game had fallen off a cliff. In the three games Cleveland played prior to playing the Bengals the Browns had rushed for 158 total yards. The Browns run game had driven into a ditch.
Against the Bengals though it dug itself out as Tate, West and Crowell combined for 169 yards and three touchdowns.
With Carson Palmer going down injured and the Rams only three points behind, the Cardinals needed their star defensive cornerback to come up big. Peterson did just that with a spectacular pick six. Reading Austin Davis expertly Peterson tipped the ball up in the air, caught it himself before running it back for the TD.
Back from injury Johnson showed everyone that he was back to his old self by taking his seven receptions for 113 yards and one touchdown. His touchdown was a perfect demonstration of this. Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes couldn't have stuck closer to Johnson if he had used superglue. Johnson is such a physical freak though that made the catch for the touchdown anyway.
The 49ers refusal to use Frank Gore like they have in seasons past has been one of the most perplexing issues of this season. I wrote a few weeks ago that until Gore was getting enough touches the 49ers would continue to struggle.
Against the Saints Gore got 23 carries. That worked out to the same number as he got in the last two games combined that San Fransisco lost. Against the Saints though San Fransisco came up with what could be a season saving win. Coincidence? I think not.
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