Week 7: Romo, Grant stand out
The Steelers' defense: How do you combat Brett Favre magic? With an aggressive and opportunistic defense. LaMarr Woodley returned a Favre fumble 77 yards for a touchdown and Keyaron Fox ran back an interception 82 yards for another score during the closing minutes, propelling the Steelers to a 27-17 victory over the previously unbeaten Vikings. The Steelers also made a key goal-line stand in the third quarter.
The Bengals' offense: The Bengals' big three were in top form Sunday. Carson Palmer (20-of-24, 233 yards, 5 TDs), Cedric Benson (37 carries, 189 yards, TD) and Chad Ochocinco (10 catches, 118 yards, 2 TDs) led Cincinnati to a 45-10 drubbing of the Bears. Cincinnati scored on all five of its possessions in the first half.
Tony Romo/Miles Austin: The subject of intense criticism early in the season, Romo appears to have found his rhythm. Two weeks after a 351-yard passing game against the Chiefs, Romo delivered another impressive performance Sunday, completing 21 of 29 passes for 311 yards and three TDs to lead Dallas to a 37-21 victory over the Falcons. Austin, who had 250 yards receiving in Dallas' Week 5 win over the Chiefs, added 171 more on six catches.
Ryan Grant: Grant had a season-high 27 carries for 146 yards and a TD in the Packers' 31-3 rout of Cleveland. Grant, whose previous rushing high of the season was 99 yards, ran through huge holes up front as the Packers' offensive line dominated Cleveland's defensive front, which was hit hard this week by a flu virus.
Wes Welker: Welker caught 10 passes for the second straight week, helping the Patriots cruise to a 35-7 victory over the Buccaneers in front of a sellout crowd in London. Welker had a 14-yard TD catch in the first quarter and finished with 107 receiving yards. It was his third game of the season with double-digit catches (in five games).
Vincent Jackson: Jackson had 142 yards on five receptions, including a 10-yard TD in the first quarter, as the Chargers rolled to a 37-7 victory over the Chiefs. It was the second-highest receiving yardage total of Jackson's career, and his third 100-yard game this season.
Josh Johnson: Johnson and the Buccaneers' offense had little success against New England's defense. Johnson completed only nine of 26 passes for 156 yards and three interceptions as Tampa Bay fell to 0-7. He was taken out midway through the fourth quarter and replaced by rookie Josh Freeman.
Matt Cassel: Cassel threw a career-high three interceptions, completing only 10 of 25 passes for 97 yards, in Kansas City's loss to the Chargers. Cassel's 25.3 passer rating was his lowest for a game since becoming a starter last season.
The Browns' offense: Another week, another dreadful performance by the Browns' offense, which managed only 139 total yards against Green Bay. Quarterback Derek Anderson was under duress for four quarters. He completed 12 of 29 passes for 99 yards and one interception.