Week 9: Complete game for Bears

Originally Published: November 4, 2012
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STUDS

Marshall
Marshall

Cutler
Cutler

Jay Cutler/Brandon Marshall

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.


Urlacher
Urlacher

Brian Urlacher

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.


Luck
Luck

Andrew Luck

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.


Martin
Martin

Doug Martin

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.


Redman
Redman

Iasaac Redman

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.


Peterson
Peterson

Adrian Peterson

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.


Leshoure
Leshoure

Mikel Leshoure

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.


Packers

The Packers' offense

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.


Foster
Foster

Arian Foster

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.


Decker
Decker

Eric Decker

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.




DUDS

Manning
Manning

Eli Manning

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.


Weeden
Weeden

Brandon Weeden

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.


McFadden
McFadden

Darren McFadden

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.


Titans

The Titans' offense

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.


Bills

The Bills' play calling

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.