For the first time so far in the campaign, no quarterback has appeared on our weekly list of highlights. Not that there were no good performances by the quarterbacks, but there really were no great results in Sunday's session. Instead, the runners returned to give the note with round performances for several teams instigated of triumphs:
There's nothing sweeter than revenge, and for Jones that's how it happened this weekend.
The Green Bay runner was blamed, almost individually, for a last-day loss to the New England Patriots thanks to an extremely inopportune ball that snatched the Packers and Aaron Rodgers the chance to try a last-minute comeback. .
As if that were not enough, the Packers recently dismantled players who made obvious mistakes in recent dates. This was also the case with fellow back Ty Montgomery, who was traded for the Baltimore Ravens after taking a kickoff from the final zone, instead of going to the end of a game, and safely Jermaine Whitehead, who kept a living series. of Pats Grace who slapped the New England striker, earning a yellow children's handkerchief.
Jones had a chance to redeem himself this weekend, and he tightened it to the max: he pulled the ball 15 times for 145 yards and two touchdowns, and took three 27-yard passes in Green Bay's win over the Miami Dolphins. , by 31-12.
Green Bay is still missing to win the contender tag. They are in third place in the NFC North, below the Chicago Bears and the Minnesota Vikings. However, a solo game consistent with Jones would be a big help in the second half of the season.
It's not the time to play the bells on the fly, yet, for the Green Bay campaign, nor are we about to baptize Jones as the next Jim Taylor. But the best game in Jones' season can be a snack of what can happen if the Packers learn to be a little less dependent on Rodgers.
Nick Chubb, RB, Cleveland Browns: One of the most recurring issues on the local sports radio, following the resignation of Hue Jackson, was whether Cleveland would win again in the season. The answer turned out to be affirmative, thanks in large part to the performance of Chubb, a runner who received few opportunities with Jackson. This afternoon the rookie took the ball 20 times to 176 yards on a touchdown, and picked up three passes for 33 yards with another touchdown, combined with good performance by quarterback Baker Mayfield for the Browns to beat the Atlanta 28-16 Hawks The touchdown of Chubb, in a range of 92 yards, is now the longest in the history of the franchise.
Eric Ebron, TE, Indianapolis Colts: There is little doubt who is the Colts' favorite target in the end zone. Ebron took three passes for 69 yards with two touchdowns, and ran the ball once in a 1-yard touchdown on Indy's 29-26 victory over the once-fierce Jacksonville Jaguars defense. The balance at AFC South was halted, with favorite Jaguars in the basement and the rest of the teams struggling to enter the postseason.
Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys: As much as for the people in charge of the offensive plays in Dallas, it seems a rediscovery every time they win, there is no secret in Dallas: to win, you have to constantly feed Elliott. Visiting Super Bowl champion Philadephia Eagles, Elliott ran the ball 19 times for 151 yards and a touchdown, and added six footprints for another 36 yards with another touchdown. And for those who like postcards, Elliott gave us a moment of photography with a defensive leap on Tre Sullivan that will surely become a poster. Now, it's just the geniuses in long pants who understand what the rest of Dallas fans know very well.
Melvin Gordon, RB, Los Angeles Chargers: For the second consecutive day, Gordon returns to this list. On this occasion, during the Bolts' 20-6 triumph over the Oakland Raiders, they seem to be steadily sinking into their own black hole. Gordon led the ball 18 times for 93 yards, but he also contributed 72 yards and a touchdown in five receptions to keep the Chargers' six-game winning streak alive.
Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: I could not miss the player of the week in Kansas City, and for this edition, it was Hill's turn to raise his hand and say gift. With seven 117-yarder footprints and two touchdowns, and a 20-yard grounder, Hill helped boost the 26-14 boss's triumph over the Arizona Cardinals, who put up more resistance than expected earlier in the day. .
LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills: On a day of surprises, possibly the biggest was between the two teams of the New York East AFC, where the Bills managed to score 41 points to defeat the New York Jets. The most important player for the win, without underestimating what new Buffalo quarterback Matt Barkley did was McCoy. The runner who has accumulated 113 yards and two touchdowns in 26 carries. His first result was a 28-yard break that opened the scoring and set the pace of the game, and his second sealed the game less than a minute before the end of the first half in a 1-yard race that put things 31- 0 at the moment.
Allen Robinson, WR, Bears: After not having it for two days, thanks to a groin problem, the Bears were urged to rely on Robinson, and the receiver responded. With six 133-yard receptions and two of three touchdown passes Mitchell Trubisky made that day, Robinson could not have returned to the Chicago attack at the best of times. The Bears beat the Detroit Lion 34-22 to reach 6-4 and top AFC North.