Week 6: Young Eagles soar
Wide receiver, Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles lost star playmaker DeSean Jackson (head injury) early in the second quarter. Maclin did plenty to fill the void. The second-year wideout caught seven passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns in Philadelphia's 31-17 victory over the Falcons. Both of Maclin's TD catches (8 and 83 yards) came after Jackson exited.
Quarterback, Philadelphia Eagles
With Michael Vick sidelined, Kolb did his best to seize the Eagles' starting QB job. Kolb completed 23 of 29 passes for a season-high 326 yards and three TDs. Kolb now has three 300-yard passing games in only five career starts.
Running back, New Orleans Saints
Ivory gave the Saints an unexpected lift against Tampa Bay. Filling in for injured RBs Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas, Ivory rushed for 158 yards on 15 carries in New Orleans' 31-17 victory. Ivory, a rookie undrafted free agent out of Division II Tiffin, had rushed for only 119 yards through the first five weeks. The Saints finished with a season-high 212 yards rushing.
Running back, San Francisco 49ers
Gore rushed for a season-high 149 yards on 25 carries, helping the 49ers beat Oakland 17-9 for their first victory of the season. It was a bounce-back performance of sorts for Gore, who was held to 52, 77 and 43 yards in his previous three outings.
Wide receiver, Houston Texans
Johnson put the finishing touches on a furious Texans comeback (21 fourth-quarter points). Johnson caught an 11-yard TD pass from Matt Schaub with 28 seconds left, giving Houston a 35-31 victory over the Chiefs. Johnson finished with eight catches for 138 yards.
The Rams' D, specifically their pass rush, spearheaded a 20-17 victory over San Diego. James Hall, Chris Long and Larry Grant had two sacks apiece as St. Louis kept the Chargers' top-rated offense in check, especially in the first half (87 yards). The Rams have won three straight at home for the first time since 2004.
Linebacker, Miami Dolphins
Speaking of stellar defense, Wake wreaked havoc in Green Bay. The second-year linebacker had three of the Dolphins' five sacks on Aaron Rodgers, helping Miami win 23-20 in overtime. Wake's most critical sack came on a third down in overtime, forcing the Packers to punt deep in their own territory.
Wide receiver, Seattle Seahawks
It came about five years too late (especially for Lions fans), but Williams finally had a breakout game. The former No. 10 overall pick (2005) caught 10 passes for 123 yards in the Seahawks' 23-20 victory at Chicago. Williams' previous career high for catches was six.
Running back, Chicago Bears
A week after rushing for a career-high 166 yards, Forte was bottled up by the Seahawks' defense. Forte mustered only 11 yards on eight carries in the Bears' 23-20 loss. It was the fourth time this season Forte was held to 29 rushing yards or fewer.
Quarterback, Oakland Raiders
Campbell, playing for the banged-up Bruce Gradkowski, provided little relief for the Raiders. Campbell, who lost his job as the starter after only six quarters this season, was 8-of-21 for only 83 yards and two interceptions in Oakland's loss to the 49ers. His passer rating was 10.7.
The Lions' futility on the road continued in Week 6. The Lions fell to the Giants 28-20, tying their own league record for consecutive road losses (24), set from 2001 to 2003. A lack of discipline and sloppy play undid Detroit in the Meadowlands. The Lions committed 11 penalties for 91 yards, including an unsportsmanlike conduct call on DE Cliff Avril (he took a swing at Giants tackle Kareem McKenzie after a play) that gave New York new life on a drive that ended in a TD.
While the Saints flourished on the ground (see above), the Bucs floundered. Cadillac Williams was held to 18 yards on 10 carries (1.8-yard average) as Tampa Bay rushed for a season-low 42 yards on 18 carries. The Bucs' longest run was an 11-yarder by backup quarterback Josh Johnson.