Seattle Seahawks Defense
The Seattle Seahawks held the Arizona Cardinals to 30 yards on the ground, which forced their opponent to throw the ball. Seattle's pass rush, however, was equally effective, recording 7 sacks en route to a 34-22 win.
San Diego Chargers
Granted, the Jacksonville Jaguars aren't the toughest opponent but the San Diego Chargers remain a dark horse in the AFC. QB Philip Rivers finished his fourth game of the season with a passer rating over 100, RB Ryan Mathews rushed over 100 yards for the second straight week and the defense accounted for 6 sacks.
Cincinnati Bengals Passing Offense
Cincinnati's aerial attack had to work at the Detroit Lions and it did. QB Andy Dalton completed 24 of 34 passes for 372 yards and 3 touchdowns. WR A.J. Green had 6 receptions for 155 yards and 1 touchdown.
His second sack of the game at the Miami Dolphins forced a fumble and set up the game-winning field goal for the Buffalo Bills. The 28 year-old defensive end now has 10.0 sacks this season
The 29-year old looks like the beneficiary of WR Julio Jones' season-ending injury and someone Atlanta's QB Matt Ryan can rely on. Against the Tampa Buccaneers Douglas caught 7 passes for 149 yards and 1 touchdown.
Washington's rookie may wind up the starting tight end, considering that TE Fred Davis was a healthy scratch against the Chicago Bears. Reed recorded his first 100+ receiving yards game on Sunday, catching 9 passes for 134 yards and 1 touchdown.
The Carolina Panthers win when QB Cam Newton plays well. Against the St. Louis Rams he went 15-of-17 for 204 yards, 1 touchdown and a passer rating of 136.3. This season the Panthers always won when Newton was rated 100 or above.
San Francisco 49ers Rushing Offense
San Francisco's ground and pound offense is still very efficient. The 49ers rushed for 153 yards against the Tennessee Titans and scored 3 touchdowns.
The breakout performance from the second-year wide receiver clearly shows the depth the Green Bay Packers possess at this position. Without WR Randall Cobb and WR James Jones, Boykin rose to the occasion and caught 8 passes for 103 yards and 1 touchdown.
The league-leading pass rush applied enough pressure to come away with a 17-16 win against the Houston Texans. Kansas City's OLB Tamba Hali recorded 2.5 sacks and now has 9.0 sacks on the season.
A stellar performance by QB Ben Roethlisberger secured the 19-16 victory against the Baltimore Ravens. The 31-year old completed 17 of 23 passes for 160 yards, 1 touchdown and a passer rating of 107.2. It was Roethlisberger's second consecutive game with a rating of over 100.
They say defenses wear down as the game progresses but OLB Mathis may have saved himself for the decisive phase of the game against the Denver Broncos. He wound up sacking QB Peyton Manning twice and currently leads the NFL with 11.5 sacks.
New England Patriots
It wasn't just the mishap that led to New York's game-winning field goal, but New England simply didn't have much going for them on Sunday. QB Tom Brady completed an uncharacteristic 47.8% of his passes and threw an interception for a passer rating of 53.5. The Patriots managed to convert only one 3rd down.
The Philadelphia Eagles can only hope that QB Michael Vick returns from a hamstring injury this weekend because QB Matt Barkley is not yet ready for the NFL. Against the Dallas Cowboys he completed 55% of his passes and had 3 interceptions in relief of a concussed QB Nick Foles, who didn't fare much better.
Josh FreemanWhatever the Minnesota Vikings saw in QB Josh Freeman it certainly did not show on Monday night at the New York Giants. Freeman completed only 20 of 53 passes for 190 yards and threw 1 interception. The 25-year old will miss Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers due to a concussion.