Week 10: Johnson in usual place

11/16/2009 - NFL


Chris Johnson


Chris Johnson: Johnson, who is becoming a mainstay on this list, continued his recent tear on Sunday. Johnson ran for 132 yards and two touchdowns, and he caught nine passes for 100 more yards as the Titans beat Buffalo 41-17 for their third straight victory. Johnson has rushed for 653 yards in his past four games.

Reggie Wayne


Reggie Wayne: Overshadowed by New England's Randy Moss most of Sunday night, Wayne delivered the final blow in the Colts' stunning 35-34 victory over the Patriots. Wayne's 1-yard TD catch with 13 seconds left completed Indianapolis' comeback from a 17-point deficit. Wayne finished with 10 catches for 126 yards and two TDs.

Maurice Jones-Drew


Maurice Jones-Drew: Jones-Drew rushed for 123 yards and a score on 24 carries in Jacksonville's 24-22 victory over the Jets. Jones-Drew, who became the first player to rush for 100 or more yards against the Jets this season, now has 530 yards rushing and seven TDs in his past four games.

Sidney Rice


Sidney Rice: He doesn't get talked about as much as Brett Favre and Adrian Peterson, but Rice is in the midst of a breakthrough season. In Minnesota's 27-10 victory over the Lions, Rice recorded a career-high 201 receiving yards on only seven catches. Rice caught three passes of 40-plus yards. His 56-yarder early in the fourth quarter set up a touchdown that gave the Vikings a commanding two-score lead.

Donovan McNabb


Donovan McNabb: The Eagles fell short in San Diego, but McNabb's numbers were too staggering to ignore. McNabb completed 35 of 55 passes for 450 yards and two TDs in a 31-23 loss. It was the second-highest passing total of McNabb's career and the fourth 400-yard passing game by an Eagle since 1970.

Charles Woodson


Charles Woodson: The Packers' defense turned in its most impressive performance of the season, and Woodson was prominently involved. The former Heisman Trophy winner had two forced fumbles, one interception, one sack and nine tackles in Green Bay's 17-7 victory over the Cowboys.



The Bengals' defense: A superb defensive effort paved the way for the Bengals' 18-12 victory at Pittsburgh. Cincinnati didn't let the Steelers convert any of their final 10 third-down plays, pressured Ben Roethlisberger so much that he passed for only 174 yards on 40 attempts and bottled up Rashard Mendenhall (36 yards, 13 carries) a week after he ran for 155 yards in Denver.




Patriots coach Bill Belichick: Belichick made a huge gamble, and it ended up costing the Patriots dearly. With his team leading 34-28 in the closing minutes, Belichick decided to go for it on fourth-and-2 from New England's 28-yard line. The Patriots didn't convert, and Peyton Manning made Belichick pay. Four plays later, Manning hit Wayne (see above) for a touchdown with 13 seconds left to give the Colts an improbable victory.

Ben Roethlisberger


Ben Roethlisberger: Steelers fans have grown accustomed to seeing Big Ben rise to the occasion in big games. It didn't happen in Week 10, as the Bengals' D smothered Roethlisberger & Co. (see above). Roethlisberger completed only 50 percent of his passes (20-of-40), was picked off once and did not throw a TD pass. His passer rating of 51.5 was a season low.

Chris Simms


Chris Simms: Forced into action after Broncos starter Kyle Orton suffered an ankle injury, Simms struggled mightily in Denver's 27-17 loss at Washington. Simms, who threw only two passes all last season with Tennessee, went 3-of-13 for 13 yards and an interception. Denver had only 36 yards of total offense after halftime.



The Jets' defense: Solid for most of the season, the Jets' defense could not hold its ground against the Jaguars. New York allowed Jacksonville to gain 250 yards in the first half. With the game on the line in the fourth quarter, the Jets allowed a 15-yard catch by Mike Thomas and a 33-yard grab by Marcedes Lewis to help set up the game-winning kick by Josh Scobee.



The Eagles' running game: Brian Westbrook suffered another concussion, and the Eagles couldn't get anything accomplished on the ground against the Chargers. Philadelphia mustered only 29 total rushing yards; Westbrook carried five times for 28 yards before departing on the opening drive of the second half.