Week 8: Studs & Duds


Brian Westbrook

After missing two of the Eagles' past three games with rib and ankle injuries, Westbrook returned to the lineup on Sunday and carried Philadelphia to a 27-14 victory over the Falcons. Westbrook rushed for a career-high 167 yards and two touchdowns, and also caught six passes for 42 yards, as Philadelphia improved to 4-3. Westbrook now has 33 career rushing TDs, putting him third in Eagles history.

Drew Brees

Brees continues to make it almost impossible to keep off this list. The New Orleans QB completed 30 of 41 passes for 339 yards and three touchdowns against his former team to lead the Saints to a 37-32 victory over San Diego. Brees recorded his NFL-leading sixth 300-yard game of the season.

Andre Johnson

Johnson is another player who is becoming a staple in the "studs" category. Johnson caught 11 passes for 143 yards in Houston's 35-6 victory over the Bengals. It was
Johnson's fourth straight 100-yard receiving game and fifth of the season, breaking his own franchise records.

Santana Moss

Moss was a big reason the Redskins were able to thwart the Lions' upset bid. Moss had a go-ahead touchdown reception (50 yards) in the third quarter and returned a punt for another score in the fourth, lifting the Redskins to a 25-17 victory. Moss finished with nine receptions for 140 yards.

Ted Ginn Jr.

A draft bust? Ginn didn't look like one Sunday. Ginn had a breakout game against Buffalo, catching seven passes for a career-high 175 yards, as the Dolphins overcame a nine-point third-quarter deficit and won 25-16. Ginn set up Miami's first two scores with receptions of 46 and 64 yards.

Steve Smith

Smith caught five passes for 117 yards, helping the Panthers rally from a 17-3 third-quarter deficit and beat the Cardinals 27-23. Smith had two TD receptions, including a 65-yarder in the third quarter that gave Carolina the lead for good.

LaDainian Tomlinson

The Chargers lost to New Orleans, but Tomlinson had his best game of the season in front of a captivated audience in London. Tomlinson rushed for 105 yards and caught five passes for 65 yards and a touchdown. It was LT's 134th career TD, placing him sixth on the all-time list.


Brett Favre

Sure, the Jets won, but Favre played a mistake-filled game against the Chiefs. Favre threw three interceptions, including one that was returned 91 yards for a TD by Brandon Flowers. Favre now has thrown seven interceptions in his past three games since a six-touchdown performance against the Cardinals in Week 4.

J.T. O'Sullivan

In his first big move as 49ers interim coach,
Mike Singletary benched O'Sullivan after watching his quarterback fumble twice and throw an interception that was returned 75 yards for a TD in San Francisco's 34-13 loss to the Seahawks. Shaun Hill entered the game right before halftime in place of O'Sullivan, who was 13-of-21 for 131 yards before being benched.

Ben Roethlisberger

Roethlisberger, who entered Week 8 with only three interceptions on the season, was picked off four times in the Steelers' 21-14 loss to the Giants. It was Big Ben's first four-INT game since the middle of the 2006 season.

The Raiders' offense

Quarterback JaMarcus Russell had another tough day, but not as tough as it was for the Raiders' RB corps. The Raiders mustered only 47 rushing yards in a 29-10 loss to the Ravens. How bad was Oakland's offense as a whole? The Raiders ran 12 plays in the first quarter and finished with minus-2 yards. Oakland didn't cross midfield until its first possession of the third quarter.