What a week this was. In a week that featured the away teams having a collective 11-3 record, the Bengals fall from the ranks of the undefeated, the Lions win in Lambeau and several other upsets ,there were plenty of big performances.
Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins
When a quarterback passes for 324 yards and 4 touchdowns, mostly in the 1st half, and goes on to finish with a perfect passer rating, it’s pretty hard to not wind up on a Team of the Week. Cousins only threw 25 passes, completing 20 of them, and he got a lot of help with plenty of yards after the catch. But he did all that the Redskins need him too, which is manage the game.
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings & Jeremy Langford, Chicago Bears
Adrian Peterson had his sixth 200 yard game of his career on Sunday against the Raiders when he bust an 80 yard run to seal the win. This was also the third consecutive game that he has run for over 100 yards. He is definitely silencing his critics so far this season.
Jeremy Langford has looked excellent in relief of Matt Forte. This week, against the stingy St. Louis Rams defense he ran for 73 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries, and added 109 receiving yards and a touchdown on 7 catches.
It was hard to not include Matt Jones, who had more total yards in less touches than Langford, but the quality of his opposition played a big part.
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers & Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals
Antonio Brown had an absolutely huge day. He hauled in 10 passes for 139 yards and 2 touchdowns. He even managed to include a flawless somersault into the end zone. Brown is the hottest receiver in the NFL now that Big Ben is back under center, and having Martavis Bryant lining up next to him certainly doesn’t do any harm.
Speaking of Martavis Bryant, he could easily have cracked this team if not for Floyd’s performance against the Legion of Boom, he hauled in 6 catches for 178 yards and a touchdown. Michael Floyd racked up 113 yards and 2 touchdowns on 7 catches against the Seahawks, even though he left the game due to a hamstring injury. Both of his touchdowns were deep balls and on one he beat Richard Sherman. Floyd hasn’t been noticed as much this year due to Fitzgerald and John Brown having success, but he deserves respect.
Zach Miller, Chicago Bears & Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
Zach Miller had a huge game for the Bears against the Rams. He caught 5 passes for 107 yards and 2 touchdowns, one of which went for 87 yards. This is the second straight week that he has caught a touchdown and he is proving to be a very valuable part of this offense.
Gronkowski was kept quiet for most of the game by the Giants. Then, he caught 76 yard touchdown that got the Patriots right back in the game. Even though he wasn’t that much of a factor as a receiver, he helps out so much as a blocker.
Washington Redskins Offensive Line
The Redskins offensive line paved the way for a dominant offense. This group allowed kept Cousins up right enough to complete 20 of 25 passes for 300 yards. Not only that, 78 of those yards came on one pass, and that was a screen pass to Matt Jones. The two initial lead blockers did a great job, but on the play you will notice that the entire offensive line made a block downfield. Furthermore, they opened lots of gaps in the running game. They paved the way for the team to rush for 213 yards on just 31 carries, that’s 6.87 yards per carry. The Redskins o-line really had a great game.
Defensive End – Muhammad Wilkerson, New York Jets & Mario Edwards Jr., Oakland Raiders
Though the Jets lost, and the defense was somewhat gashed by LeSean McCoy, Muhammad Wilkerson was a menace for the Bills all night. He racked up 2 sacks and 6 total tackles and completely disrupted Tyrod Taylor in the pocket. Mario Edwards Jr. had quite a week this week. He racked up 11 total tackles – the most on his team – and a sack against the Vikings.
Defensive Tackle – Aaron Donald, St. Louis Rams & Ndamukong Suh, Miami Dolphins
Aaron Donald is continuing to write a pretty impressive resumé in just his second year. Against the Bears, Donald added 7 total tackles and 2 more sacks. Like Wilkerson, it was in a losing effort but Donald is just a force on the defensive line. Ndamukong Suh had is best game yet as a Miami Dolphin. The Eagles could not run the ball and Suh was a big reason why. He had 7 solo tackles and 8 total tackles, 3 of which were for a loss including a sack.
Lavonte David, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tahir Whitehead, Detroit Lions & KJ Wright, Seattle Seahawks
Lavonte David continues to be one of the anchors of this Buccaneers defense. He was given a big contract extension in the offseason and games like this are why he Bucs gave him that contract. In the Bucs win over the Cowboys David racked up 12 total tackles, two QB hits, a tackle for loss, one pass defensed and a sack.
Tahir Whitehead was a big reason the Lions defense managed to contain the Packers offense. Whitehead amassed eight tackles, two QB hits, a pass defensed, a tackle for loss and a sack. He was all over the field making pays in every way.
KJ Wright had a big day against the Cardinals. He had nine total tackles, but he also recovered the first Palmer fumble and returned it inside the Cardinals 5-yard line, and he had the sack and forced fumble of Palmer that lead to Bobby Wagner’s touchdown.
Davon House, Jacksonville Jaguars & Jonathan Joseph, Houston Texans
For the second week in a row, a Jacksonville Jaguar is on the defensive team of the week. In the Jags shock win over the Ravens, House had two interceptions in the space of two drives. His interceptions completely zapped the offensive momentum the Ravens had after the half and went a long way to allowing the Jags offense to get back in the game.
Jonathan Joseph was fired up for this game against the Bengals, and you could tell. He, and the rest of the Texans secondary, completely shut down the incredibly talented Bengals receiving corps. Joseph also added an interception, could’ve had another and broke up several passes.
Bacarri Rambo, Buffalo Bills & Reshad Jones, Miami Dolphins
Bacarri Rambo had a career day for Rex Ryan against the Jets. Like their jerseys he was red hot. Rambo forced three fumbles, recovered a fumble for a touchdown and had the game sealing interception.
Reshad Jones has been one of the only consistent players on the Dolphins defense, and this week he played lights out. He had nine total tackles, two pass break ups, a tackle for loss and a sack. Most importantly though, he had the 4th quarter, game clinching interception.
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