Week 9: Complete game for Bears
Quarterback/wide receiver, Chicago Bears
Are Cutler and Marshall on the same page? That would be an emphatic yes. The QB-WR duo connected nine times for 122 yards and three touchdowns in the Bears' 51-20 pasting of Tennessee. Cutler was 19-of-26 for 229 yards and no interceptions.
Linebacker, Chicago Bears
The Bears' defense was pretty good, too -- especially Urlacher. The veteran linebacker returned an interception 46 yards for a score and recovered a fumble, helping Chicago build a 31-5 halftime lead. Charles Tillman also came up big for Chicago, forcing four fumbles.
Quarterback, Indianapolis Colts
In a battle of rookie QBs, Luck delivered his best game as a pro. Luck passed for 433 yards, a new single-game rookie record, with a pair of TDs and no interceptions, outdueling Ryan Tannehill and leading Indianapolis to a 23-20 victory over the Dolphins.
Running back, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Luck wasn't the only rookie to shine in Week 9. Martin rushed for 251 yards and four TDs, powering the Bucs to a 42-32 victory over Oakland. Three of Martin's scores were runs of 45 yards or longer.
Running back, Pittsburgh Steelers
Redman enjoyed a career game against the Giants. The third-year back rushed for 147 yards and a TD on 26 carries, helping Pittsburgh grind out a 24-20 victory.
Running back, Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings fell short in Seattle, but Peterson continued his recent tear. Peterson ran for a season-high 182 yards and two TDs in Minnesota's 30-20 loss. It was his third straight game with at least 123 rushing yards.
Running back, Detroit Lions
One-dimensional Lions? Maybe not. Leshoure didn't pile up huge yardage (70 on 16 carries), but he rushed for three TDs in a 31-14 victory over Jacksonville. Leshoure had only one career TD entering Week 9.
The Packers were productive once again, and it wasn't all Aaron Rodgers (although he did plenty) and the passing game. Green Bay rushed for a season-high 176 yards on 39 carries, the first time in a month it has cracked the century mark on the ground. Rodgers threw four TD passes, including a 72-yarder to Tom Crabtree.
Running back, Houston Texans
Foster became the latest back to have success against the Bills' hapless run defense. Foster rushed for 111 yards and one score on 24 carries in Houston's 21-9 victory. Foster has now scored a TD in five straight games.
Wide receiver, Denver Broncos
Decker caught two of Peyton Manning's three TD passes in Denver's 31-23 victory at Cincinnati. He had a 13-yard score in the second quarter and a 4-yarder late in the fourth that put Denver up by 11. Decker finished with eight receptions for 99 yards.
Quarterback, New York Giants
Fourth-quarter rally? Not this week. Manning was held in check by the Steelers' D. He completed only 10 of 24 passes for 125 yards and an interception. The stage was set for another Manning-led rally, but the Giants went three-and-out on their last possession. Manning has thrown four interceptions and only one touchdown pass in his past three games.
Quarterback, Cleveland Browns
Weeden's recent run of clean football came to an end Sunday. After going two straight games without an interception, the rookie threw a pair of picks in Cleveland's 25-15 loss to the Ravens. Weeden was 20-of-37 for 176 yards.
Running back, Oakland Raiders
McFadden still doesn't appear comfortable in the Raiders' zone-blocking scheme. McFadden rushed for only 17 yards on seven carries before leaving Oakland's loss to the Buccaneers with a leg injury.
The Titans were sloppy and largely listless (until late) against the Bears' suffocating D. Tennessee committed five turnovers, including two fumbles by Chris Johnson, and dug a 26-point hole before scoring a TD.
Did the Bills give themselves the best chance to win against the AFC's top team? Maybe not. C.J. Spiller averaged 6.5 yards per rush Sunday; the problem was Buffalo gave him only six carries. A single-digit game until early in the fourth quarter, the Bills weren't forced to abandon the run.
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