Week 7: Studs & Duds
Jackson rushed for 160 yards on 25 carries -- his highest single-game yardage total since 2005 -- to power St. Louis to a 34-14 upset of the Cowboys. Jackson also ran for three touchdowns, including a 56-yarder in the third quarter, before leaving with a quadriceps injury late in the game.
With Larry Parker and Rashard Mendenhall injured, Moore has kept the Steelers' ground game rolling. After rushing for 99 yards in Week 6, Moore increased his output to 120 yards on 20 carries in Pittsburgh's 38-10 victory at Cincinnati. Moore had second-half TD runs of 13 and 2 yards.
The one-two RB punch of LenDale White and Chris Johnson carried the Titans to a convincing victory over the hapless Chiefs. White rushed for 149 yards and three touchdowns, including an 80-yarder, and Johnson rushed for 168 yards and one TD to help Tennessee cruise past the Chiefs 34-10.
Smith continues to excel against the Saints. Smith caught six passes for 122 yards and one TD in Carolina's 30-7 victory Sunday. Smith now has three career 100-yard receiving games and seven TDs in his past seven games against New Orleans.
McGahee ran for 105 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries to help the Ravens snap a three-game losing streak by defeating the Dolphins 27-13. It was McGahee's first 100-yard game of the season and his second consecutive versus the Dolphins. He ran for 104 yards in December 2007 in Miami.
Johnson and Matt Schaub have rediscovered their form of a year ago, when they were one of the most dangerous WR-QB combos in the league. Johnson delivered his second straight performance of double-digit catches (11 for 141 yards) in the Texans' 28-21 victory over the Lions. In the past three weeks, Johnson has caught 30 passes for 450 yards and two scores.
Portis again? Well, he earned it with another huge effort. Portis, who seems to have a permanent place on this list, broke a scoreless tie with a 3-yard TD run in the third quarter and rushed for 175 yards on 27 carries as Washington defeated the Browns 14-11.
Filling in for the banged-up Tony Romo, the 40-year-old Johnson struggled in Dallas' 34-14 loss at St. Louis. Johnson completed only 17 of 34 passes and threw three interceptions in his first start since 2006, when he was a member of the Vikings. Johnson was 6-of-18 for 66 yards in the first half as the Cowboys fell behind 24-7.
Rivers completed 22 of 29 passes against the Bills, but his mistakes loomed large in the Chargers' 23-14 loss. Rivers, who entered the game with the NFL's top passer rating, threw one interception and lost two fumbles. Rivers' interception, courtesy of Buffalo's Kawika Mitchell, came at the goal line as San Diego was threatening to take the lead midway through the fourth quarter.
Manning a dud? Not usually, but his Week 7 performance qualifies. Manning threw two interceptions that were returned for touchdowns and was upstaged by Packers QB Aaron Rodgers in the Colts' 34-14 loss at Green Bay.
The Vikings' special teams have been anything but special this season. In Sunday's 48-41 loss to the Bears, Minnesota's special teams allowed two TDs and now have allowed five this season. In the first quarter, Vikings punter Chris Kluwe dropped a snap and had his punt blocked. He then attempted to kick the live ball while it was rolling on the ground, but Garrett Wolfe snared it and returned it 17 yards for a touchdown. Later, Charles Gordon muffed a punt. As he tried to block Zackary Bowman, the ball hit him and Bowman recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown that gave Chicago a 24-17 lead.
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