Week 12: Studs & Duds
Johnson has had a quiet year, at least when it comes to scoring touchdowns. That all changed Sunday. Johnson scored three times, had a career-high 12 catches and set the Cincinnati record for career receptions in the Bengals' 35-6 victory over the Titans.
In the Browns' 27-17 victory over the Texans, Lewis rumbled for 134 yards, his first 100-yard rushing game since Week 2. His 1-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter helped put the game out of reach.
Coach Lane Kiffin's decision to make Fargas Oakland's featured running back is paying dividends. Fargas rushed for 139 yards and a touchdown, helping the Raiders outlast the Chiefs, 20-17.
With quarterback Jeff Garcia sidelined for most of the day with a back injury, the Bucs leaned on their defense in their19-13 victory over the Redskins. The Bucs forced six takeaways and stopped Redskins running back Clinton Portis on fourth-and-inches from the Bucs' 5 late in the third quarter.
Punter Todd Sauerbrun said the Broncos weren't afraid of kicking to Hester. After the Bears' come-from-behind, 37-34 overtime victory, Sauerbrun was eating his words. Hester returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. Later in the same quarter, the second-year phenom returned a kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown. Hester now has 10 career return touchdowns.
Gore rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns in the 49ers' 37-31 overtime victory over the Cardinals. It was Gore's first 100-yard rushing performance of the season. He also had 98 yards receiving.
On a night when big-play wideout Randy Moss was held in check, Welker keyed the Patriots' passing game. Welker set career highs with catches (13) and yards (149) in New England's 31-28 victory over the Eagles.
It's hard to imagine a quarterback having a worse day than the one Manning endured. He threw four interceptions, three of which were returned for touchdowns, as the Giants fell 41-17 to the Vikings. Minnesota entered the game with statistically the worst pass defense in the league.
How bad have things gotten for Carr, a former No. 1 pick? After throwing his second interception in the Panthers' 31-6 loss to the Saints, Carr was benched in favor of rookie Matt Moore. Carr was 10-of-22 for only 95 yards.
After replacing injured quarterback Marc Bulger, Frerotte provided little relief for the Rams. The mistake-prone Frerotte fumbled the snap on fourth-and-goal from the Seattle 1 with 27 seconds left, allowing the Seahawks to secure a 24-19 victory.
In their 35-6 loss to the Bengals, the Titans' offense was futile inside the 20. Tennessee reached the Cincinnati 10-yard line three times in the first half but failed to find the end zone even once. The Titans twice settled for field goals. The other drive was stopped when quarterback Vince Young lost a fumble.
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