Just when you thought Ezekiel Elliott might be coming inching closer to a rookie wall, the Cowboys star running back puts together arguably his best performance of the season.
C.J. Prosise, RB, Seahawks (NA last week)
Prosise had a breakout performance against the Patriots, rushing for a career-high 66 yards and adding 87 receiving yards. With Christine Michael’s stunning release, Prosise could see his workload increase the rest of the season.
Rushing stats: 26 attempts, 66 yards, 0 TDs
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Blake Martinez, LB, Packers (10th last week)
Martinez is doing his best to help the struggling Packers defense. He racked up a career-high 10 tackles in Green Bay’s lopsided loss to the Titans. Will Martinez replicate that kind of production against the Redskins on Sunday?
Defensive stats: 58 tackles, 0 sacks, 1 INT
Leonard Floyd, LB, Bears (6th last week)
In the past three games Floyd has gotten a taste for sacking the quarterback and apparently he likes it. He has 4 1/2 of his five sacks in that span, picking up 1 1/2 on Sunday against the Bucs. Will the streak continue against Eli Manning and the Giants?
Defensive stats: 23 tackles, 5 sack, 0 INTs
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Deion Jones, LB, Falcons (9th last week)
Jones definitely wasn’t lacking for action against the Eagles. He racked up a career-high 11 tackles, his second game this season in double digits. Jones and the Falcons get a break this week but will come off their bye to face the Cardinals next Sunday.
Defensive stats: 64 tackles, 0 sacks, 2 INTs
Michael Thomas, WR, Saints (4th last week)
Thomas didn’t have a big game against the Broncos (four catches, 40 yards), but he extended his rookie lead in receptions. Still, he has seen his receptions drop in each of the past three games. Will that change Thursday night against the Panthers?
Receiving stats: 51 catches, 613 yards, 5 TDs
Jordan Howard, RB, Bears (NA last week)
He’s coming off back-to-back 100-yard rushing games and appears to be hitting his stride, but he had "a little tightness" in his Achilles on Sunday against the Bucs. Hopefully that’s all it is for Howard, who is averaging 5.3 yards per carry.
Rushing stats: 114 carries, 605 yards, 2 TDs
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Keanu Neal, S, Falcons (5th last week)
Neal’s week in and week out production has become one of the safest bets in the NFL. After his third consecutive eight-tackle performance, Neal pushed his rookie-leading total to 65. Oh, and he continued his hard-hitting ways.
Defensive stats: 65 tackles, 0 sacks, 0 INTs
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Carson Wentz, QB, Eagles (3rd last week)
What a difference two months can make. Wentz was the talk of the rookie class early on, but he’s struggled to find the end zone since. He has thrown just one touchdown pass in the past three weeks and has not had a QB rating above 100 in the past five games.
Prescott had his first 300-yard passing game of his career and racked up the second-best quarterback rating of his young career (121.7) Sunday against the Steelers, but he still has to play second fiddle to his teammate. At least Prescott solidified his spot as the Cowboys starting QB for the foreseeable future.
Elliott appeared to be loosening his grip on the top spot after failing to reach 100 rushing yards in back-to-back games. So what did he do to remind us that he’s the clear-cut best rookie this season? How about rush for 114 yards, rack up 95 receiving yards and account for three touchdowns, including the game-winner. Pretty emphatic response.