|ESPN.com: NFL||[Print without images]|
Running back, San Francisco 49ersThe 49ers are 5-1, and Gore is a big reason why. Gore continued his strong season in Detroit, rushing for 141 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown, on only 15 carries (9.4-yard average) as San Francisco outlasted Detroit 25-19. Gore's 55-yard burst in the third quarter was his longest run since Week 6 of last season.
Running back, Pittsburgh SteelersIt looks like Mendenhall's hamstring is fully healed. After sitting out last week, Mendenhall returned to the starting lineup on Sunday and had his best game of the season. Mendenhall rushed for 146 yards and a TD on 23 carries, powering Pittsburgh to a 17-13 victory over the Jaguars.
Running back, New York GiantsWith Brandon Jacobs ailing, the onus is on Bradshaw to carry the Giants' run game. That's exactly what he did against the Bills. Bradshaw rushed for 104 yards and a career-best three TDs in New York's 27-24 victory. Bradshaw scored on three 1-yard runs and had a 30-yard run to help set up Lawrence Tynes' game-winning field goal.
Running back, Atlanta FalconsIn a game the Falcons really needed, Turner was a driving force. Turner ran for 139 yards and pair of TDs as Atlanta improved to 3-3 with a 31-17 victory over the Panthers. Turner carried a season-high 27 times and broke a streak of three straight games without reaching 100 yards.
Running back, Baltimore RavensHe was kept out of the end zone, but Rice did plenty of damage against Houston. Rice produced 161 total yards (101 rushing, 60 receiving) in the Ravens' 29-14 victory.
Running back, Buffalo BillsThe Bills lost, but Jackson's breakout season continued in Week 6. Jackson rushed for 121 yards, including a spectacular 80-yard TD run. He also caught five passes for 47 yards.
Cornerback, New York GiantsSpeaking of stellar defensive efforts, Webster came up big for the Giants. Webster had two interceptions, the second coming at the Giants' 5-yard line with the Bills driving late. Webster also had three other passes defensed and five tackles.
Wide receiver, Chicago BearsHester caught a 48-yard touchdown pass and ran back a kickoff 98 yards for a score, helping the Bears beat Minnesota 39-10. Hester, who had five catches for 91 yards, was forced to leave the game in the third quarter because of a chest injury.
Tight end, New England PatriotsTom Brady looked to Hernandez in crunch time, and the second-year tight end came through. Hernandez's 8-yard TD catch with 22 seconds left gave the Patriots a 20-16 victory over Dallas. Hernandez finished with a game-high eight catches for 68 yards.
Quarterback, Washington RedskinsFacing an Eagles defense that has been victimized almost every week, Grossman was downright dreadful in Washington's loss. Grossman completed only nine of 22 passes for 143 yards and was picked off four times before being benched late in the third quarter for John Beck. After Grossman's fourth interception, fans started chanting "We want Beck!" as the backup QB warmed up on the sideline.
Quarterback, New Orleans SaintsBrees threw for 383 yards, but he made a big mistake in a critical spot -- something he rarely does. Brees was picked off by Buccaneers LB Quincy Black with 3:16 remaining, effectively sealing Tampa Bay's 26-20 victory. It was Brees' third pick of the game.
Cornerback, Buffalo BillsThe Bills' defense continues to struggle, and Florence had his worst game of the season in Buffalo's loss to the Giants. Florence allowed a 60-yard catch to receiver Hakeem Nicks late in the second quarter that set up a Giants touchdown. Florence also had two pass interference penalties called against him late in the fourth, aiding the Giants' game-winning drive.
Cornerback, Jacksonville JaguarsMathis had a rough time in Pittsburgh. Not only was he was beaten by Mike Wallace on a 28-yard TD pass in the second quarter, but Mathis also had issues defending the run. He couldn't angle to Mendenhall on a TD run and then got stiff-armed by the back during a 68-yard run in the second quarter.