Following a string of fourth-quarter collapses, the Seahawks pretty much faced a must-win situation when they visited the San Francisco 49ers. Sure, the 49ers are a shell of the team that gave the Seahawks with their fiercest competition in the NFC West for the past few seasons, but it was the manner in which Seattle dominated San Francisco. The Seahawks allowed only 142 total yards, registered six sacks and limited the 49ers to eight first downs while forcing nine punts.
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Todd Gurley's a one-man show for St. Louis
It's hard to call Gurley's latest virtuoso outing a surprise after he rushed for 305 yards in his previous two games. Consider, though, that the Rams own the league's worst passing attack and Gurley still cannot be stopped. The standout rookie became the third running back in league history to rush for at least 125 yards in his first three career starts, as he went for 128 yards and scored his first two touchdowns in Week 7 -- all of that and he's less than a year removed from a major knee surgery.
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Tom Brady accounting for all but one yard of offense
The New England Patriots’ running backs ran the ball just five times for one yard against the New York Jets on Sunday, and incredibly, Tom Brady led the team in rushing for the first time in his career. What’s even more impressive is that Brady accounted for all but one yard of offense, which is absolutely absurd. Brady’s 370 total yards were enough to beat a stout Jets defense that was No. 1 in the league prior to Sunday’s game.
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Eric Berry's statement game after return from cancer
Eric Berry was on the precipice of a cancer diagnosis this time last season. Now? He’s reclaimed his old safety spot and Pro Bowl form, as evidenced by a fully-extended, diving interception against the Steelers. Berry’s team ended its five-game skid, and he ended a interception-less streak dating back to 2013. In case you forgot, this man wasn’t even diagnosed with a life-threatening disease a year ago.
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The Dolphins’ ridiculous record-breaking first half
The Dolphins put on a show against the Texans on Sunday, scoring a franchise-record 41 points in the first half. Lamar Miller had 236 yards from scrimmage on his own in the first 30 minutes, while Ryan Tannehill didn’t miss a single throw until late in the game. It seems as though the Dan Campbell effect is real, and it’s working wonders in Miami.
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'AC/DC' leaving Chargers dumbstruck, not thunderstruck
A team scored 37 points in this game and it wasn’t the one quarterbacked by Philip Rivers. It’s been two years since the Raiders took down their AFC West rivals. And it’s been even longer since the team boasted a quarterback like Derek Carr (24-for-31, 3 TD, 0 INT) and receiver like Amari Cooper (5 rec., 133 yards, TD). Together, the duo poured on points and simply embarrassed the Chargers.
The receiver who starred at Ford Field on Sunday was not Calvin Johnson or Golden Tate -- it was Vikings rookie Stefon Diggs. Since stepping into the lineup three games ago, Diggs has stolen the spotlight in Minnesota. He’s already the Vikings' leading receiver with 323 yards (107.7 yards per game); his 36-yard beauty of a diving touchdown against the Lions afforded the 21-year-old some national publicity this week.
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The Jaguars' first rushing touchdown of the season
It took seven weeks, but the Jaguars finally have themselves a rushing touchdown, thanks to rookie running back T.J. Yeldon’s 28-yard scoring sprint during Sunday’s win over the Bills in London. Yeldon’s career-high 115 yards helped Jacksonville snap a four-game losing streak on their trip overseas.
The Giants' two different return touchdowns
For the first time since the 1951 season, the New York Giants had both a kickoff and interception returned for a touchdown in one game. Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie housed a 58-yard interception in the early third quarter. Later, in the fourth quarter, wide receiver Dwayne Harris took a kickoff 100 yards for the score to break a 20-20 tie. In a game that was eventually decided by just 7 points, it’s safe to say that these two plays were the difference.
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Darren McFadden's breakout performance
Starting running back Joseph Randle was forced out of the game in the first quarter with an oblique injury, and it was all Darren McFadden after that. Showing similar burst to his breakout 2011 season with the Oakland Raiders, McFadden dominated a Giants run defense that was in the top-five just two weeks ago. He finished with 152 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries, as McFadden became the first Cowboy to break the 100-yard mark in 2015.