QB Drew Brees
What Drew Brees did Sunday was nothing short of legendary. The future hall of famer threw for 346 yards and four touchdowns in a shootout with opposing quarterback Jared Goff. Brees dominated a team that was undefeated coming in, continuing to insert his name into MVP conversations while leading the Saints to the top record in the NFC South and challenging the Rams for the top record in the entire conference. An incredible performance lands Brees on the studs list for Week 9.
RB James White
White has been dominant for a Patriots team that has been scoring at will lately. White, a threat on both the ground and in the air, is tied for fourth in the NFL in receptions. With 12 touches for 31 yards and two touchdowns on the ground and six receptions for 72 yards in the air, White continued a consistent level of high production.
White’s consistency has allowed players like Rob Gronkowski and Sony Michel to get healthy and for a player like Josh Gordon to get acquainted to Tom Brady and the Patriots offense. This type of production has started to turn heads and has garnered high praise from Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. White may see less touches with Sony Michel coming back Sunday against the Titans, but he should be just as lethal in the passing game.
WR Michael Thomas
One of the most productive and underrated receivers in the league, Thomas continues to dominate his position. Just like his quarterback he stepped up at a big time for the Saints with 12 receptions for a whopping 211 yards and a touchdown. All this coming against the Los Angeles Rams in what is most likely the most important regular season game the Saints will play all year. Super Bowl hopes are alive and well in “The Big Easy”, and Michael Thomas has been a huge part of that. Look for Thomas and his team to keep rolling.
TE George Kittle
Kittle was a key factor in a blowout win over the Raiders. Catching throws from a third string quarterback, Kittle racked up four receptions for 108 yards and a touchdown. Kittle has had a solid stretch of about seven weeks in which he has been a productive offensive performer for the 49ers. With a matchup against the Giants next week, he’ll surely continue this production and add to his breakout season.
QB Nathan Peterman
There isn’t much more you can say about Peterman. “Mr. Interception” threw three more on Sunday to the shock of absolutely no one. Add to that just 189 yards and no touchdowns, and you have an absolute dud in every sense of the word. Things are getting ugly in Buffalo, and nothing will get better as long as Peterman is playing quarterback.
RB Tarik Cohen
Up until this week, Cohen had put together multiple above average weeks in terms of production. However, this week he was disappointing to say the least. Six rushes for just five yards, and only one reception for eight yards was an extremely underwhelming performance from the Bears running back. Despite his team’s blowout win over the Bills on Sunday, the Bears will need Cohen to get back to his normal level of productivity if they plan on making a serious push for the playoffs.
WR Mike Evans
Evans has been one of the most productive receivers in the league this year. Yet on Sunday against the Panthers, he was almost invisible. With just one reception for 16 yards and no touchdowns, Evans had his worst week of the year by far. Even his coach Dirk Koetter said Evans’ performance was poor. “That might have been as poor as I’ve seen Mike play in the whole time I’ve been here.” The rough season in Tampa Bay continues after their loss to Carolina and things will not get any better with Mike Evans playing the way he did on Sunday.
TE Jordan Reed
Reed has mostly been a disappointment all season, and this did not change against the Falcons on Sunday. Reed did not do much to help his team, with just four receptions for 34 yards and Vernon Davis was targeted more late in the game. Reed’s lack of production has not affected the Redskins record too much this season as they are 5-3, but if Reed can turn it on late in the season this would certainly be a huge boost for a team looking to capture the NFC East title.