NFL Week 6: Top 7 Offensive Performances This Sunday

Philip LombardoCorrespondent IOctober 18, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 17:  Frank Gore #21 of the San Francisco 49ers tries to outrun the Oakland Raiders at Candlestick Park on October 17, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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There were a lot of great games this week. 

New England edged out Baltimore, and Miami beat Green Bay, both on field goals in overtime. The Jets scored a late touchdown in Denver to steal one from the Broncos, improving to a league-best 5-1. 

Houston scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns to erase a 10-point deficit and defeat the Chiefs 35-31, while Brett Favre and the Vikings got off the schneid by beating the floundering Dallas Cowboys 24-21.

Although nobody had a record-breaking or jaw-dropping performance this week, there were some great performances and today I'll review Sunday's most dominant players.


Kevin Kolb

Although Andy Reid has made it clear that Michael Vick is his starting quarterback, Kevin Kolb is proving to his head coach—and to the rest of the league—that he is more than capable of winning big games for his team. 

In Philadelphia's 31-17 victory over the Atlanta Falcons, Kolb complete 23 of 29 passes for 326 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. He looked confident and got the ball downfield to his receivers, something he's had trouble with in the past.

The Falcons came into Philly with a four-game winning streak, but Kolb picked apart Atlanta's struggling secondary.

Kolb is giving Eagles fans something to cheer about in Vick's absence and could get the start next week if Andy Reid wants to be very cautious with Michael's rib injury.  

Matt Schaub

In a game where the Texans lost Demeco Ryans and trailed by 10 points with seven minutes to go, they needed a star showing from their franchise quarterback. 

Schaub responded by leading the Texans on three touchdown drives in the fourth quarter, including an 11-yard TD toss to Andre Johnson with 28 seconds left in the game to seal the comeback.

He completed 25 of 33 passes and didn't turn the ball over, which allowed the Texans to claw their way back into game and put themselves in position to win.

He finished the game with 305 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions to help Houston improve to 4-2. 

Running Back

Chris Ivory

With injuries to Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush, Sean Payton was desperate for a back who could make an impact and keep defenses honest. 

Ivory burst onto the scene against the Buccaneers, rushing for 158 yards on just 15 carries.  His longest rush of the game was 33 yards, so it's not like he had a big gain that inflated his stats, either.

He is a little-known player, coming undrafted to the Saints from Tiffin University. His quality showing helped the Saints trounce the Bucs, 31-6.

Ahmad Bradshaw

Bradshaw has been a very solid back for New York in seasons past, but there were questions surrounding whether he could thrive as a starter.

He answered all the questions Sunday against Detroit, rushing for 133 yards on 19 carries, good for seven yards per carry. His 45-yard scamper late in the fourth quarter led to a touchdown by Brandon Jacobs to seal the Lions' fate.

The Lions stuck around the entire game, but Bradshaw looked the best I've ever seen him, breaking tackle after tackle while having five rushes that went for 10 or more yards.

Frank Gore

Nobody needed a win more than the San Francisco 49ers. They stood at 0-5 and were dead last in an NFC West division they were favored to win this year.

Gore just torched the Raiders to the tune of 149 yards on 25 carries. He set the offensive rhythm, averaging six yards per carry and breaking off a big 64-yard run late in the fourth that led to a game-clinching touchdown.

He was consistent all day and the 49ers will need him to have continued success if they want to climb back into the NFC West this season.

Wide Receiver

Jeremy Maclin

When DeSean Jackson went down with an injury, it was up to Maclin to step up and make some plays for the Eagles.

Maclin responded by catching seven passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns, powering an Eagles offense that really struggled running the ball. His 83-yard touchdown grab in the third quarter put the game out of reach.  

Maclin has been great all season and now has six touchdowns on the year, good for most on the team.

Andre Johnson

No surprise here. Johnson is back to full strength and he straight up worked Kansas City, catching eight balls for 138 yards and the game-winning touchdown at the end of regulation. 

He is as dominant of a force as you will see at his position and he showed his dominance Sunday. He gets himself into position to make big plays with such ease that it's amazing he is bottled up some games.

His Texans are at the top of the AFC South and looked poised to contend for their first playoff berth this season.


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