Week 5: Studs & Duds

Originally Published: October 11, 2009


Miles Austin


Miles Austin: Tony Romo's new go-to guy? Perhaps. In place of the injured Roy Williams, Austin caught 10 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns, including the game winner (a 60-yarder), lifting the Cowboys to a 26-20 overtime victory at Kansas City. Austin set a new Dallas record for receiving yards, surpassing Bob Hayes' mark of 246 set on Nov. 13, 1966.

Jeremy Maclin


Jeremy Maclin: Austin wasn't the only wide receiver who enjoyed a breakout game in Week 5. Maclin, the Eagles' first-round pick in this year's draft, caught six passes for 142 yards and two TDs in the Eagles' 33-14 win over Tampa Bay. Maclin entered the game with only six catches on the season.

Roddy White


Roddy White: Much like Miles and Maclin, White was nearly unstoppable in Week 5. White caught eight passes for 210 yards and two TDs, including a 90-yarder, in the Falcons' 45-10 rout of the 49ers. White set a new Falcons record for receiving yards, surpassing Terance Mathis' mark of 198 set on Dec. 13, 1998.

James Harrison


James Harrison: Harrison, last season's defensive player of the year, has been relatively quiet this season -- until Sunday. Harrison had three sacks, matching the total he had entering the game, and forced a fumble in the Steelers' 28-20 victory over the Lions. Harrison had a season-high eight tackles.

Cedric Benson


Cedric Benson: Benson ran for 120 yards and a score on 27 carries in the Bengals' 17-14 victory at Baltimore, becoming the first player in 40 games to eclipse 100 yards rushing against the Ravens. It was Benson's second 100-yard rushing game of the season.

Matt Hasselbeck


Matt Hasselbeck: Returning to the lineup after missing the last two games with broken ribs, Hasselbeck threw four touchdown passes to lead the Seahawks to their biggest home shutout in 25 years -- 41-0 over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Hasselbeck completed 18 of 30 throws for 241 yards before resting in the fourth quarter. The four touchdown passes were his most since he threw four against Arizona on Dec. 9, 2007.


Derek Anderson


Derek Anderson: The Browns beat the Bills, but Anderson's ineptitude is impossible to ignore. Anderson, who recently replaced Brady Quinn as Cleveland's starting quarterback, was 2-of-17 for 23 yards and one interception in Cleveland's ugly 6-3 win. Anderson's 11.8 completion percentage was the lowest by a winning quarterback (minimum 15 attempts) since the merger.

JaMarcus Russell


JaMarcus Russell: Russell, who is becoming a regular in this spot, continued his season-long struggles in Week 5. The third-year QB lost three fumbles and was sacked six times as the Raiders' league-worst offense was limited to 124 yards in a 44-7 loss to the Giants. Russell finished 8-of-13 for 100 yards.



The Ravens: It appeared the Ravens were going to hold off the Bengals -- until three crucial penalties aided Cincinnati's game-winning touchdown drive. The most costly penalty was a pass interference call against Frank Walker on third-and-16 from the Baltimore 30-yard line. One play later, Bengals QB Carson Palmer found Andre Caldwell over the middle for the winning score. Baltimore had 10 penalties for 76 yards in the 17-14 loss.