NFL Nation: 2010 Week 6 High Energy AFC

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A look at a player who gave his team a significant boost in Week 6.

Second-year cornerback Jerraud Powers was all over the field for the Colts Sunday night in Washington, playing a huge role in a tough road win and earning AFC South High Energy Player of the Week honors.

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AP Photo/Nick WassColts cornerback Jerraud Powers was a playmaking machine Sunday night, recording 11 tackles.
Powers was credited with 11 tackles, matching Pat Angerer for the team high, with two for loss, two passes defensed and an interception.

That pick came on a well-read play in which he got in front of Santana Moss and caught Donovan McNabb's pass with his left hand. On a night when Pierre Garcon and Aaron Francisco made leaping one-hand catches, Powers’ play was overshadowed by those more athletic plays. But the interception came early in the game while things were scoreless, and on the very next play Peyton Manning hit Garcon for a 57-yard touchdown.

While Powers played tight coverage -- often pressing more pre-snap than Kelvin Hayden, the other starting corner -- he also played a significant role in run support as the Colts worked to contain Redskins running back Ryan Torain.

Powers looked to be at the top of his game, leaving little space for completions or ball carriers. It was an encouraging performance from a guy who’s become a key player for the Colts.
NFC High Energy: East | West | North | South AFC: East | West | North | South

A look at a player who gave his team a significant boost in Week 6:

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AP Photo/Kevin TerrellDenver's Tim Tebow came off the bench to score against the Jets.
It’s kind of difficult to find high energy in a division that was shut out in the victory column Sunday.

Yet, after some digging, we have to go with the rookie. What’s more high energy than a player coming off the bench and scoring a touchdown?

That’s what Tim Tebow did. For the first time this season, Tebow helped his team the way Broncos coach Josh McDaniels envisioned he could when he drafted him. While Tebow was learning to become an NFL quarterback, McDaniels hoped the electric former Florida star would produce occasional offense as a role player.

After not playing since Week 1, the No. 25 overall pick scored on a five-yard run against the visiting Jets in a 24-20 Broncos loss. It was vintage Tebow from his dominant college days. The Broncos’ new red zone threat had six carries for 23 yards, giving Denver the offensive wrinkle it was hoping to get from him.

There’s no doubting Tebow’s energy level, and it is significant that Sunday it helped his NFL team for the first time.
NFC High Energy: East | West | North | South AFC: East | West | North | South

A look at a player who gave his team a significant boost in Week 6.

On a team stocked with defensive stars, one Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker is emerging before our eyes in 2010.

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AP Photo/Keith SrakocicLawrence Timmons had 11 tackles, two sacks and an interception in Pittsburgh's win over Cleveland.
Lawrence Timmons, a former first-round pick, is developing the consistency the Steelers have been waiting for. He had his best game of the season Sunday in Pittsburgh's 28-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns. Timmons tied for the team lead with 11 tackles and added two sacks and an interception of Browns rookie quarterback Colt McCoy.

Timmons was drafted in 2007 as a converted outside linebacker. But because of the development of Pro Bowler LaMarr Woodley, Timmons had to learn a new position -- inside linebacker -- to get playing time in Pittsburgh.

The fourth-year pro went through plenty of growing pains as a full-time starter, but now things are starting to fall into place. Timmons leads the Steelers with 42 tackles and looks much more comfortable with his assignments in pass coverage and against the run.

There was never a question that Timmons was one of Pittsburgh's best pure athletes. But good coaching and the mental side of the game are catching up to Timmons' physical skills and it's paying dividends for the Steelers.

AFC East High Energy Player of the Week

October, 19, 2010
NFC High Energy: East | West | North | South AFC: East | West | North | South

A look at a player who gave his team a significant boost in Week 6.

Through three quarters, Deion Branch was just a player on the field. When Branch jogged out for the first fourth-quarter possession, he had two catches for 23 yards and the New England Patriots trailed the Baltimore Ravens by 10 points.

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AP Photo/Stephan SavoiaDeion Branch acknowledges the crowd after scoring a fourth-quarter touchdown on Sunday.
For the rest of the game, Branch was a star. He caught seven Tom Brady passes for 75 yards and a touchdown to boost the Patriots to a 23-20 overtime victory.

Branch, in his first game back with the Patriots since being traded from the Seattle Seahawks, matched Randy Moss' output for receptions through the first four games.

When Branch scored his touchdown, a toss in the back of the end zone from 5 yards out, he bowed to the Gillette Stadium crowd.

Welcome home, indeed.

"I truly just haven't had this feeling in a long time," Branch said. "And then my man Tom just told me that I haven't caught nine balls in a game since my rookie season. How crazy? And it was on this team. So I'm glad it happened again for this team."


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