Commentary

Next Level Player of the Week

Updated: October 18, 2011, 4:57 PM ET
By ESPN Stats & Information

1
Alex Smith QB

Alex Smith's 98.2 Total QBR in a rout of Tampa Bay wasn't just the highest QBR of the week, it was the best single game total this year (minimum 15 action plays). For the first three drives he was on the field, Smith led the 49ers to two touchdowns, with the other drive coming up empty due to a Frank Gore fumble. Of the nine action plays on those drives, Smith was 6-for-7 for 92 yards and five first downs.

2
Victor Cruz WR

In addition to his circus-worthy touchdown catch against the Seahawks, Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz had a game-high 161 receiving yards, with 142 coming in the fourth quarter alone. Cruz ripped off 73 yards after the catch on his eight receptions. And he entered Sunday fourth in the league among wide receivers, averaging 9.2 yards after the catch on each reception.

3
BenJarvus Green-Ellis RB

Out of respect for Tom Brady's arm, the Jets put six or more defenders covering the pass on 58 of 79 snaps. BenJarvus Green-Ellis took advantage by rushing for 99 yards and a touchdown in that situation. He definitely enjoyed the extra room since before Sunday Green-Ellis faced at least seven defenders in the box on 35 of 50 carries.

4
Landry Jones QB

Landry Jones completed 9-of-13 passes when Texas sent a blitz Saturday, including two touchdown passes to Kenny Stills. It was Jones' highest completion percentage against the blitz this season and the fourth time in the last two seasons that Jones has thrown two or more touchdown passes against the blitz (all Sooners' wins).