NFL Power Rankings Week 5: Ranking The Top Wide Receiver Performances
This week was a strange one in the NFL.
The typical viewer of NFL Football can expect a lot of offensive touchdowns, or at the very least a lot of offensive talent being showcased.
That was not quite the case this week.
While there certainly were some impressive catches and big plays, this week in the NFL was more about defense than anything else.
But, like I said, that doesn't mean that we didn't get our fair share of great plays and big performances on the offensive side of the ball.
There were plenty of wide receivers doing plenty of good things. The question is, who was the best?
10. David Nelson
75 yards on four receptions is a decent game for most receivers in the League.
This time, though, it is a much bigger deal.
For one, David Nelson was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent. Not bad for a guy who never had a guaranteed spot on the roster.
Second, 75 yards is roughly one third of the total yards that the Buffalo Bills had on offense against the Jets.
He had more yards in the air than the Bills' three running backs had on the ground.
9. Hakeem Nicks
The Giants didn't seem to really need help in their game against the Chicago Bears.
Once you rack up ten sacks, there really should be no coming back from that.
That having been said, Hakeem Nicks was one of the reasons why the Giants were finally able to score solid points after running up only a field goal through two and a half quarters.
Nicks ended the night with 110 yards on eight receptions. Not a bad night all things considered.
8. Braylon Edwards
While LaDainian Tomlinson was stealing the show, Braylon Edwards had quite the day for himself.
When all was said and done, Edwards had 86 yards on four receptions and caught one in the end zone.
While this may have been on account of the success of the running game, it still doesn't change the fact that Braylon Edwards had himself a very god day, despite being fresh out of the dog house for his most recent DUI problem.
7. Davone Bess
Davone Bess has to be the only player worth highlighting from the Miami Dolphins after an ugly 41-14 beatdown on Monday Night Football.
Bess looked very crisp running routes, he burned a lot of defenders with his speed and quickness, and scored the first touchdown. He also averaged over 10 yards a catch, which can mostly be attributed to his ability to gain yards after the reception.
Bess is a player that everyone should continue to watch, because, despite the struggles of Chad Henne, he is always capable of making huge plays.
6. T.J. Houshmandzadeh
TJ Houshmandzadeh was not statistically impressive during his game against the Steelers last week.
That might have to do with him being the number two receiver.
Or it might have to do with how good Pittsburgh's defense is.
Either way, Houshmandzadeh makes it to number six for making a very clutch play when his team needed it.
When Rashard Mendenhall scored the go-ahead touchdown for the Steelers, the game seemed over.
It was far from over.
Houshmandzadeh grabbed a great pass to seal the game for the Ravens, and for that, he earns the six spot.
5. Donald Driver
I don't think anyone expected Green Bay to have to shoot it out against the Detroit Lions, but they did.
In a game that was ultimately decided by a two point margin, Donald Driver stuck out as the receiver who was, as he has been for a long time, the most clutch player on the Packers.
Driver was responsible for one of the Packers four touchdowns, which gives him a pretty good share in the win.
4. Reggie Wayne
Reggie Wayne and Peyton Manning make up a combination that, like Joe Montana and Jerry Rice or Tom Brady and Randy Moss, will be near impossible to every replicate.
There chemistry on the field is unmistakable, and they really showed it as they tried to close out their game against the Jaguars.
Though Wayne was held without a touchdown all day, he did end up with 196 yards, numbers that almost make it seem like he and Peyton Manning were either the only ones clicking or the only ones working all day.
3. Calvin Johnson
Do not be confused, the Detroit Lions only remained competitive in their game against the Green Bay Packers because of Calvin Johnson.
Johnson is one of the most, if not the most, athletic receivers in the game right now, and is one of the bright spots on the rebuilding Detroit Lions.
86 yards and two touchdowns grabs. Those are the kind of games that superstars have.
If he keeps this up, he may one day make the Lions proud in Canton.
2. Eddie Royal
While the Broncos still have a lot of work to do, they seem to have found some sense of identity, and Eddie Royal (along with Brandon Lloyd) are leading the charge.
The Broncos struggled getting into the end zone against the Titans, but Eddie Royal still managed one touchdown, which made a huge impact on the game, considering that the Broncos had to lead a late game rally to post another W in the win column.
With 113 yards and one touchdown, Eddie Royal is looking like the star that everyone thought he was going to turn out to be when he burst onto the scene as a rookie.
1. Terrell Owens
Who could have possibly seen this one coming?
222 yards and one touchdown? When I first saw that stat as my friend was checking on his fantasy team, we both simultaneously yelled, "You have got to be kidding me!"
But the truth is the truth. Terrell Owens had a monster of a game against the Cleveland Browns, and was mostly the reason why the Bengals kept the game close.
It's unfortunate that a performance like that wasn't rewarded with a win.
The Best Of The Rest
1. Roddy White: Seven catches for 104 yards in a game where the Falcons won with only one touchdown. Roddy White was a major contributor when the team needed him.
2. Wes Welker: Tom Brady looked to his favorite receiver a lot on Monday against the Dolphins. Targeting Welker eight times, Tom Brady helped show off why Welker might be the best short yardage receiver in the game.
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