Matt Forte, CHI: With Cutler out with a concussion, Forte stepped up in a big way.
Matt ran for 166 yards and broke the goal line twice. He showed an explosive burst on the ground, and demonstrated that he's a threat in the running game, and not just in the pass.
Whether or not he can keep up this production has yet to be seen, but owners are sure to be happy with his performance yesterday after suffering through some tough weeks.
Ray Rice, BAL: Coach John Harbaugh finally realized that when you give Ray Rice the ball enough, he will produce and is capable of carrying the team to victory.
After Willis McGahee was ineffective at the goal line, the Ravens looked to Ray. Rice answered Harbaugh's call with 133 yards and two touchdowns.
Cedric Benson, CIN: Benson finally broke the century mark, recording 144 rushing yards on Sunday.
After breaking that plateau seven times last season, owners drafted Benson with high hopes. With a mediocre start to the season now behind him, Cedric may be ready to hit a midseason stride and start terrorizing defenses on the ground.
Brandon Jackson, GB: On only 10 touches, Jackson managed to compile 115 yards on the ground.
Everybody wrote Jackson off—myself included—after playing poorly since getting the starting nod. However, he played big in a tight game.
Steven Jackson, STL: Mired on a bad team, Jackson somehow manages to be productive. S-Jax managed 114 rushing yards, even with his rookie QB playing terribly.
Felix Jones, DAL: The Cowboys seem to be intent on making Felix their feature back.
He was the star of the backfield, gaining 109 yards on 15 carries. Jones has game-breaking speed, and Dallas may look to cash in on that as their season is in jeopardy.
Fred Jackson, BUF: Now that Marshawn Lynch has been shipped out of town, Fred Jackson will take on the main running back duties.
He was really productive last year when given the opportunity, and should be able to do the same this year going forward.
Even though he was only given 12 carries, he gained 73 rushing yards. 6.1 rushing yards per attempt is an impressive number—even though it was against the Jaguars—and it should at least get him more touches per game.
Chris Wells, ARI: Against a Saints' defense that has been eviscerated on the ground over the early course of the season, Beanie was held to 35 yards on 20 rush attempts—that's a paltry 1.8-yard average.
Jonathan Stewart, CAR: The "Daily Show" may be getting cancelled soon after bombing once again. Stewart is averaging 23.8 rushing yards per game, and the Carolina Panthers offense is completely out of sync.
Marion Barber, DAL: It appears that the Barber-era may soon be coming to a close. Marion was only given six touches on the ground compared to Felix Jones' 15.
While Jones is an explosive talent, Barber brings a toughness to the Cowboys' offense that simply cannot be replaced. This will be an interesting situation to monitor as Dallas has a lot of question marks that need to be answered if they want to have any shot of making the playoffs.
All Tampa Bay RBs: The backfield in Tampa Bay is more clogged than Tony Siragusa's drainage pipe.
After starting the season as their main back, Cadillac Williams' job security seems to be in doubt. Now Blount and Earnest Graham are starting to eat into his carries.
Avoid this mess, if possible.