For the league's wide receivers, this past weekend seemed to be all about the injuries that took them out or the step-up performances that kept them in.
Atlanta Falcons rookie Julio Jones came back into action after missing two weeks with a hamstring injury to catch two touchdown passes (one for 80 yards and the other for 50).
Dallas' Laurent Robinson looks to be Tony Romo's go-to guy this week after Miles Austin suffered a hamstring injury that will keep him out for two to four weeks.
While hamstrings plague some and strong hands propel others, here's who's hot and who's not at the midway mark.
It comes as no surprise that Calvin Johnson remains on hot as we enter Week 10.
The Lions are coming off a bye week and will be facing the Chicago Bears. In the Lions' 21-13 defeat against the Bears in Week 5, Johnson had a 73-yard touchdown reception.
He's currently averaging 100.5 yards per game and 17.1 yards per catch. Leading the NFL in touchdown receptions with 11, Johnson is one of only three players averaging more than 100 yards receiving per game.
He also has caught the league's second-highest number of passes of 40-plus yards (five).
At 52 catches and 516 yards, Pittsburgh's Hines Ward is totalling his lowest numbers since the 2000 season.
On Sunday, he took a helmet-to-helmet hit from Ray Lewis. Facing concussion-like symptoms, he's not expected to return to action against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 10 and is limited in practice this week.
With Ward's injury, Antonio Brown is likely to perform well for the Steelers this weekend. When he took Wards place on Sunday, he produced 109 yards on five receptions.
This wasn't the first time he had to step in for Ward and put up numbers. Three weeks ago when Ward suffered a sprained ankle, Brown caught seven passes for 102 yards.
Although Pittsburgh lost, Brown made difficult catches against the Baltimore Ravens and now has seven catches of over 20 yards, while Ward has only one.
Maybe the most impressive wide receiver of Week 9 was Earl Bennett, who caught all five passes that Jay Cutler threw to him on Monday. He totalled 95 yards and a game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter to give the Bears a 27-24 lead.
After missing five games with a serious torso injury, Bennett bounced back with ease.
It also seemed that Cutler had much ease tossing to Bennett, who is proving to be key in clutch situations.
"I guess they were just too orange"
While he may have performed exceptionally well this weekend, it wasn't without its cost. Wearing orange cleats violated the NFL's uniform policy, resulting in a $5,000 fine for Bennett.
His teammates warned him prior to taking the field, but having not played in a while, he didn't care.
Quarterback Jay Cutler offered to pay the fine during his appearance on ESPN 1000's "Waddle and Silvy Show," nonchalantly joking to pick up the tab.