Week 6 game balls: Chris Ivory, Cameron Wake, Landry Jones among Sunday's stars

Each week NFL Nation team reporters award a game ball to a player, coach or unit. Here are the game balls for Week 6:


Bashaud Breeland. He didn't have a perfect day, but he recorded three turnovers in the first half with an interception and two fumble recoveries. -- John Keim

Chris Ivory. Four days after teammate Brandon Marshall called Ivory “the best running back in the league,” the Jets’ starting running back rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. Ivory has gained 312 yards on the ground over the past two games. -- Rich Cimini


John Brown. He did everything his 5-foot-11 body could handle to keep the Cardinals in the game. He finished with 10 catches for 196 yards, including a 45-yard reception. -- Josh Weinfuss

Landry Jones. Though he's had an uneven two-plus years in practices and preseason games, he lit up the scoreboard for two scores to Martavis Bryant. He was an accurate passer, completing 8 of 12 passes for 168 yards, 88 coming from Bryant’s streak down the sideline. Most importantly, he got the offense comfortable by throwing the ball in rhythm, which Michael Vick struggled to do. Can he keep this up? Maybe not. But he did today. -- Jeremy Fowler


Marcus Peters. His third interception of the season got the Chiefs back into the ballgame in the fourth quarter. He also prevented Mike Wallace from making a key third-down catch late in the game. -- Adam Teicher

Stefon Diggs. He became the first Vikings receiver to go over 100 yards (129) since Week 14 of last season. He also became the first Vikings rookie wide receiver to go over 80 yards in back-to-back games since Randy Moss. -- Ben Goessling


Marvin Jones. The Bengals receiver set a career high with nine receptions in Sunday’s win. He also had 95 receiving yards and a touchdown. This was his first game against a Rex Ryan-led defense since 2013, when he had four touchdown catches (and his previous career high of eight receptions) in a 49-9 win over the Jets. -- Coley Harvey

LeSean McCoy. Who expected this? McCoy said last week that he wasn’t 100 percent because of a lingering hamstring injury, but he looked fresh Sunday, cutting and juking defenders with the explosiveness he trademarked in Philadelphia. He finished with 17 carries for 90 yards and a touchdown. -- Mike Rodak


Alshon Jeffery. He provided the Bears with a legitimate downfield threat in the passing game in his first week back from a hamstring injury. The Lions had to respect Jeffery, which opened things up underneath for Jay Cutler. -- Jeff Dickerson

Matthew Stafford. He was benched a week ago against the Cardinals. A week later, he led a drive to take the lead with 21 seconds left in regulation, culminating with a touchdown pass to Calvin Johnson. He hooked up with Johnson again in overtime, connecting on a 57-yard pass to set up Matt Prater’s game-winning 27-yard field goal. Stafford finished 27-of-42 for 405 yards and four touchdowns. He also had six carries for 37 yards. -- Mike Rothstein


Brandon McManus. He connected on 4 of 5 field goal attempts, including the game-winner from 34 yards. McManus is now 16-of-17 on the season. --Jeff Legwold

Gary Barnidge. He had two touchdowns, giving him five in the past four games. Barnidge and Hall of Famer Ozzie Newsome are the only Browns tight ends since the AFL-NFL merger to have TD receptions in four consecutive games. -- Pat McManamon


Andre Hal. A team that’s been struggling to create turnovers got two from Hal on Sunday, including a pick-six to put the Texans up 31-14. That score made it impossible for the Jaguars to mount a comeback. -- Tania Ganguli

Allen Robinson. He was the Jaguars’ best offensive player against the Texans, catching six passes for 86 yards and a touchdown before he left the game midway through the fourth quarter with a leg injury. Several of his catches came on back-shoulder sideline throws and his touchdown catch came on a fade in the corner of the end zone. -- Michael DiRocco


Cameron Wake. The defensive end was back in Pro Bowl form and exploded against the Titans with four sacks on rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota. Wake entered the game with zero sacks in the first four games. -- James Walker

Delanie Walker. In the middle of a brutal loss, Walker was an effective target. He pulled in eight catches for 97 yards on a day when virtually nothing went right for the 1-4 Titans. -- Paul Kuharsky


Greg Olsen. The tight end lit up the Seahawks defense. Olsen caught seven passes for 131 yards, including the game winner from 26 yards. Olsen was targeted 11 times by quarterback Cam Newton, who threw for 269 yards. -- David Newton

Jimmy Graham. A week after catching just three balls for 30 yards, he went off against the Panthers, finishing with eight receptions for 140 yards. Graham was targeted 12 times and was the focal point of the Seahawks’ passing attack. On one third-quarter play, Russell Wilson scrambled, pointed for Graham to take off down the sideline and found him for a 45-yard completion. It’s exactly the type of connection Seahawks fans hope to finally see more of in the weeks ahead. -- Sheil Kapadia


Steve Smith. Even though he dropped two passes in the end zone, Smith was the only spark in the Ravens' offense on Sunday. Let's not forget that he caught seven passes for 137 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown, with four micro fractures in his back. Smith should get the game ball simply for toughness. -- Jamison Hensley

Colin Kaepernick. The 49ers quarterback started safe and slow again with rhythm passes before taking deep shots with former Ravens receivers Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin, connecting with Smith for a season-best 76-yard touchdown. Kaepernick, who had a career-high 225 yards passing in the first half, finished with 340 yards passing with two touchdowns. -- Paul Gutierrez


Philip Rivers. He did everything except win the game for the Chargers. Rivers attempted 65 passes and completed 43, tied for second most in NFL history. He finished with 503 yards passing and two touchdowns. -- Eric Williams

James Starks. He had the first two-touchdown game of his career with a 5-yard touchdown catch and a 65-yard touchdown run on a day when Eddie Lacy was ineffective. Starks finished with 112 yards on just 10 carries. -- Rob Demovsky


LeGarrette Blount. The numbers weren’t off the charts like we saw in 2014, but LeGarrette Blount made the most of his playing time, rushing 38 yards for a touchdown and then catching an 11-yard pass for another score early in the fourth quarter. When Blount gets a head of steam, he is tough to stop, as the Colts know well. -- Mike Reiss

Mike Adams. Adams intercepted Tom Brady for the third time in three games, scoring a touchdown and the Colts could have used him in the second half when he was out with a hamstring injury. -- Mike Wells


Odell Beckham Jr. There was nothing to like about this game for the Giants after the first drive, so let’s keep the focus there. A question mark to play all week because of a hamstring injury, Beckham was clearly a factor early, catching the opening touchdown on a nifty move inside from the slot and getting the night off to an encouraging start. He finished with seven catches for 61 yards -- not his most spectacular game by any stretch. But more importantly, he appeared to get through the game healthy. -- Dan Graziano

DeMeco Ryans. Chip Kelly calls Ryans “Mufasa” because of his presence as a leader of the Eagles’ defense. Monday night, with young inside linebackers Mychal Kendricks and Kiko Alonso inactive with injuries, Ryans had to anchor the middle of the Eagles’ defense. He intercepted an Eli Manning pass and recovered a Rashad Jennings fumble to help his team take control of the first half. -- Phil Sheridan