Week 9: Texans run wild

11/7/2011 - NFL



The Texans' running game

The Texans have focused on the run in WR Andre Johnson's absence. They might want to keep that approach for the long haul. Led by Arian Foster (124 yards, TD), Houston rushed for a team-record 261 yards and three touchdowns in a 30-12 victory over Cleveland. It was the third straight 100-yard game for Foster.


The Saints' running game

The Saints also put up impressive numbers on the ground. Minus leading rusher Mark Ingram (bruised heel), New Orleans used a balanced attack (no one had more than 67 yards) to produce 195 rushing yards in a 27-16 victory over Tampa Bay.



Aaron Rodgers

Quarterback, Green Bay Packers

Rodgers continues to put up amazing numbers. He completed 21 of 26 passes for 247 yards and four TDs, leading the Packers to a hard-fought 45-38 victory at San Diego. Rodgers, who also rushed for 52 yards on eight carries, has had at least a 110 passer rating in all eight games this season, an NFL record.



Willis McGahee

Running back, Denver Broncos

McGahee rushed for 163 yards and two scores as the Broncos rallied for a 38-24 victory in Oakland. McGahee's 60-yard TD run late in the third quarter tied the game at 24. He added a 24-yard score late in the fourth. The Broncos rushed for 298 yards overall, including 117 from QB Tim Tebow.



Julio Jones

Wide receiver, Atlanta Falcons

Is Jones healthy? He sure looked it on Sunday. The rookie receiver, who has been out the past two weeks with a strained left hamstring, caught TD passes of 50 and 80 yards. He also set up a late field goal with a 19-yard run, leading the Falcons to a 31-7 rout of the winless Colts. Jones finished with three catches for a season-high 131 yards. He added two carries for 33 yards.


The Jets' defense

The Jets' D appears to be regaining its swagger. New York forced three turnovers, including a pivotal fumble early in the second half, in a 27-11 victory over Buffalo. In addition to Sione Pouha's forced fumble, which led to a LaDainian Tomlinson TD and a 13-0 lead, David Harris and Calvin Pace each had interceptions.



DeMarco Murray

Running back, Dallas Cowboys

Murray continues to make a strong case for the Cowboys' starting running back job. Murray rushed for 139 yards on 22 carries and caught four passes for 47 yards, helping Dallas beat the Seahawks 23-13. He has now rushed for more than 100 yards in two of the past three games. Felix Jones, Dallas' starter before being sidelined with a high ankle sprain, has rushed for more than 100 yards just twice in the regular season during his career.



Matt Moore

Quarterback, Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins are finally in the win column, thanks largely to Moore's accurate arm. Moore completed 17 of 23 passes for 244 yards and three TDs to lead Miami to a 31-3 rout at Kansas City. It was the first three-TD performance by a Miami quarterback since Chad Pennington in 2008.



Brandon Marshall

Wide receiver, Miami Dolphins

Marshall has made a habit of torturing the Chiefs. The Miami wideout caught eight passes for 106 yards and a TD on Sunday. He now has 52 catches for 689 yards and seven touchdowns in eight games against Kansas City in his career.



Vincent Jackson

Wide receiver, San Diego Chargers

The Chargers played unbeaten Green Bay to the wire, and Jackson was a big reason for that. Jackson caught three TD passes, including two in the fourth quarter. He finished with seven receptions for 141 yards -- both season highs.




Tarvaris Jackson

Quarterback, Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks were in a close game against Dallas -- until Jackson unraveled. He threw interceptions on consecutive passes, paving the way for Dallas' second-half rally and 10-point victory. The Cowboys turned the first pick into a touchdown, then got a field goal off the next turnover to make it 23-6. Jackson threw a third interception late in the fourth quarter.



Carson Palmer

Quarterback, Oakland Raiders

Palmer has played six quarters as a Raider, and has zero victories and six interceptions to show for it. He threw for 332 yards and three TDs against Denver, but his three picks prevented Oakland from maintaining control -- the Raiders led by 10 on two different occasions. Palmer finished with 19-of-35 passing.



Colt McCoy

Quarterback, Cleveland Browns

McCoy has seen some of his best days as a football player in Texas. Sunday wasn't one of them. Making his first NFL start in the state where he starred in college, McCoy was sacked four times against the Texans and completed only 14 passes for 146 yards with an interception.


The Colts

The Colts, who dropped to 0-9, were once again deficient in most areas Sunday. They gave up 14 points off two turnovers, were shut out on offense and went nearly 30 minutes without a first down. Indy has been outscored 120-24 over the past three weeks.