NFL Nation: 2010 Week 7 High Energy AFC

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A look at a player who gave his team a significant boost in Week 7:

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Drew Hallowell/Getty ImagesKenny Britt hauled in seven catches for 225 yards and three touchdowns.
We’ve tried to steer away from obvious choices. But in a week with only two games and just one win, I could not steer away from Kenny Britt.

The Titans receiver may still be suspended or further disciplined by the team and/or the league for his alleged involvement in a bar fight early last Friday morning. As he still gathered details, Jeff Fisher sat Britt until midway through the second quarter Sunday at LP Field.

Britt responded with a phenomenal effort -- a seven-catch, 225-yard, three-touchdown day that ranks as the best the league has seen this season. It propelled the Titans to an impressive 37-19 win over Philadelphia that lifted the Titans to 5-2, which makes them one of the five best teams in the AFC.

Consistency and maturity have been the big questions facing Britt, a first-round pick from Rutgers a year ago. The Titans need him to continue to be a big-play, downfield threat to help prevent defenses from loading up to stop running back Chris Johnson at all costs.

AFC East High Energy Player of the Week

October, 26, 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 7.

Buffalo Bills receiver Steve Johnson entered 2010 with one start, 12 receptions, 112 yards and two touchdowns.

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Larry French/Getty ImagesBills receiver Steve Johnson is having a breakout season.
Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens, he notched a performance nearly as impactful as his first two NFL seasons combined.

Johnson played an integral role in nearly pulling off the upset of the year. He had a career-high eight receptions for a career-high 158 yards with a career-long 43-yard gain and a touchdown before the Bills lost in overtime at M&T Bank Stadium.

"Individually, that's all good and that's what you want as a player," Johnson said. "If you're a running back, receiver or a quarterback that's what you want. But at the end of the day, you do want to get that win in the win column instead of just the individual win.

"I guess it's a good thing and a bad thing. I did pretty good, but at the same time we didn't win."

Johnson, a 2008 seventh-round pick from Kentucky, never had caught more than five passes or gained more than 66 yards in a game. He had trouble getting on the field his first two seasons, but the Bills declined to re-sign Terrell Owens and Josh Reed, creating room for Johnson to contribute.

He has been consistently involved this year and has scored at least one touchdown in four straight games, the span Ryan Fitzpatrick has been Buffalo's starting quarterback.

"Just seeing him since he came in, all of our receivers have confidence with him back there throwing the ball," Johnson said. "He's spreading it around to tight ends, receivers, running backs. ... We all have confidence in him, and I'm pretty sure he has confidence in us, and I'm pretty sure we can put up numbers with him."
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 7:

There was only one AFC West game this week’s recipient could have come from.

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AP Photo/Jack DempseyOakland running back Darren McFadden scored four touchdowns against Denver.
It makes sense that Darren McFadden is the High Energy Player for Week 7. There hasn’t been a player in the division this season who has shown more high energy than the Oakland Raiders' speedy tailback.

After floundering for much of his first two NFL seasons, McFadden, the No. 4 overall pick in 2008, has exploded this season.

He took over Sunday’s win against Denver as his Raiders embarrassed the Broncos 59-14. Yes, the Raiders scored 59 points, which is a franchise record.

McFadden did his part by scoring four touchdowns. He finished with 165 yards rushing on only 16 carries. It was a triumphant return after McFadden had to sit out two games with a hamstring injury. McFadden has 557 yards rushing in five games. He is the definition of high energy.
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 7.

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G Fiume/Getty ImagesEd Reed made an immediate difference upon his return, recording two picks.
Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed always has a knack for making the game look easy. That was certainly on display once again this past Sunday, as Reed came off the physically unable to perform list to record two interceptions in Baltimore's win over the Buffalo Bills.

Reed had major hip surgery in the offseason and sat out Baltimore's first six games. Upon his return, Reed proved he can still make the big plays. His two interceptions off Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick accounted for 46 return yards in the Ravens' 37-34 overtime victory.

Baltimore's pass defense wasn't very good against Buffalo, but Reed's return offers hope for improvement. The Ravens also had struggled to force turnovers this season, but Reed accounted for half of the team's season-high four turnovers Sunday.

Reed will have the bye week to further shake off the rust and continue to get healthy before the Ravens take the field again Nov. 7 against the Miami Dolphins (3-3). But the early returns have been pretty good for the dynamic safety.


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