Dak Prescott topped the 300-yard passing mark for the second straight week and threw three more touchdown passes in arguably his best performance of the season. But was it enough to overtake Ezekiel Elliott and his historic pace?
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Leonard Floyd, LB, Bears (8th last week)
Floyd was taken off the field on a backboard Sunday, but thankfully he avoided serious injury. Though his three-game streak with at least on sack came to an end, his long-term health is much more important to the franchise.
Defensive stats: 25 tackles, 5 sack, 0 INTs
C.J. Prosise, RB, Seahawks (10th last week)
Just when it looked like Prosise was primed to get an increased workload, the 22-year-old suffered a shoulder injury that will leave him out indefinitely. The Seahawks released Christine Michael last week, paving the way for Prosise, who ran for 76 yards on just four carries before the injury.
Rushing stats: 30 attempts, 172 yards, 1 TDs
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Deion Jones, LB, Falcons (7th last week)
Jones was coming off a career-high 11 tackles before the Falcons had their bye week. Now rested, he could be in line for a big finish to the season as Atlanta prepares to take on Arizona.
Defensive stats: 64 tackles, 0 sacks, 2 INTs
Sterling Shepard, WR, Giants (NA last week)
Shepard had gone four weeks without getting into the end zone earlier this season, but that seems like a distant memory now. The 23-year-old caught a touchdown pass for a third consecutive week and was targeted a season-high 11 times. He could be taking over as the Giants’ No. 2 receiver.
Receiving stats: 44 catches, 476 yards, 5 TDs
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Michael Thomas, WR, Saints (6th last week)
Thomas caught all five passes thrown his way for a team-leading 68 receiving yards. Drew Brees is known for spreading the wealth among his receivers, but Thomas has become a go-to wideout for the Pro Bowl QB. He leads the team in receptions and is second in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.
Receiving stats: 56 catches, 681 yards, 5 TDs
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Carson Wentz, Eagles (3rd last week)
Wentz threw the ball 45 times against the Seahawks but finished with just 218 passing yards. He doesn’t look like the same quarterback who early on appeared to be making a serious push for Offensive Rookie of the Year. Maybe Wentz can get back on track Monday against the Packers’ struggling defense.
It’s difficult to move up in the rankings during a bye week, but Wentz’s continued struggles have improved Neal’s standing. The hard-hitting Falcons safety has been making highlight plays – and earning a fine or two – along the way.
Defensive stats: 66 tackles, 0 INTs
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Jordan Howard, RB, Bears (5th last week)
Howard continued to make the most of his carries, rushing for 77 yards on only 17 carries against the Giants. With Jay Cutler potentially out for the season, Howard could see an uptick in his workload.
Rushing stats: 131 carries, 682 yards, 2 TDs
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Dak Prescott, QB, Cowboys (2nd last week)
If Prescott was nervous in his first game since the Cowboys definitively gave him the starting job, he didn’t show it. He completed 75 percent of his passes against the second-best defense in the league. Prescott appears to be getting stronger as the season progresses – a scary thought for opponents.
Now that he has the Cowboys’ rookie rushing record in his possession, Elliott is setting his sights on Eric Dickerson’s NFL rookie mark. He found little room to operate against the Ravens on Sunday, failing to average at least 4 yards per carry for the first time since Week 1. Elliott, though, still almost rushed for 100 yards for the sixth time this season.