by Vinny Zammiello
Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh Steelers QB):
Big Ben torched the weak Jets defense for 380 passing yards, 34 completions, and 4 passing touchdowns. With one of the most explosive offenses in the league, he made easy work of the injury-ridden Jets secondary.
Tom Brady (New England Patriots QB):
Tom Brady is back and with a chip on his shoulder. Brady exposed the Cleveland Browns for 406 passing yards, 28 completions, and 3 passing touchdowns. Brady used every weapon in his offense to carry out a dominant performance, particularly Martellus Bennett who cashed in for 3 touchdowns.
Ezekiel Elliott (Dallas Cowboys RB):
Elliott was a workhorse on Sunday against a tough Bengals run defense, as he gashed them for 134 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns. He also reeled in 3 of 4 targets for 37 yards through the air. Zeke is a top 3 running back going forward.
Sammie Coates (Pittsburgh Steelers WR):
Coates broke out this week for 139 yards and 2 touchdowns. He could’ve had an even better day, but dropped 2 other potential touchdown passes. He is a boom-or-bust wide receiver 3 against the Dolphins.
Greg Olsen (Carolina Panthers TE):
Back-up quarterback Derek Anderson keyed in on Olsen as he went for 8 receptions and 181 yards. Olsen has been a dominant tight end in the league and will continue to produce in week 6 against a pathetic Saints defense.
Eli Manning (New York Giants QB):
With a dream matchup against the Packers secondary, Eli did not show up with a lousy 18 completions for 199 yards, one touchdown and a turnover. The one positive of this outing was that he finally found Odell Beckham Jr. in the endzone for Odell’s first touchdown of the season.
Julio Jones (Atlanta Falcons WR):
After an insane 300 yard game and a touchdown in week 4, the aggressive Denver defense was able to shut him down for only 2 receptions for 29 yards.The struggles may continue with another tough matchup against Seattle.
Isaiah Crowell (Cleveland Browns RB):
Going into week 5 as the league’s 2nd leading rusher, Crowell was shut down and only totalled 40 yards of offense. This is the first week all year he hasn’t been able to average 5 yards per carry. With three different quarterbacks under center during the game and a tough New England defense, Crowell didn’t have much of a chance. Hopefully he will put this week behind him and come out strong against a weak Titans run game.
Kyle Rudolph (Minnesota Vikings TE):
After having a touchdown in 3 straight weeks, Kyle Rudolph posted only 2 receptions for 15 yards in a win against Houston. Rudolph, with Diggs out, should continue to be Sam Bradford’s go-to target coming off their bye week.