QB Jared Goff
In one of the most anticipated games of the year, Goff put on a show. Throwing for 414 yards and two touchdowns, Goff led his team to an incredible 54 points and a win over the AFC leading Chiefs. It seems like it is becoming more and more evident every week that Jared Goff is one of the best quarterbacks in football and he’s here to stay. In important games, he has shown up and thrived in the moment. Out-dueling another outstanding quarterback in Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs lands Goff on this week’s Studs list.
RB Saquon Barkley
Barkley stood out on Sunday in the Giants win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with 27 touches for 142 yards and two touchdowns. This was most likely his best week of the year and one to remember. Barkley dominated Tampa Bay virtually the entire game and gave Giants fans a glimpse of what is hopefully a bright future. Barkley will look to continue his outstanding rookie season on the road against the Eagles next week, an important matchup that could help determine the fate of the NFC East.
WR Tyreek Hill
In one of the most outstanding performances all season long, Hill showed his incredible big-play ability and speed once again. With an outrageous 10 catches for 215 yards and two touchdowns, Hill continues to wow football fans all over the country. His name has been mentioned, for good reason, as one of the best receivers in football and there is seemingly no way to contain him. With a matchup coming up against the lowly Oakland Raiders after the bye week, look for Hill to continue his impressive stretch of success.
TE Travis Kelce
Kelce’s consistency every week is what makes him one of the best tight ends in the game today. Kelce has had five catches or more in every game but one this season, and has been an important weapon for Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs offense. This was no different Monday night, with 10 catches for 127 yards and a touchdown. Even in a loss, the various weapons for the Chiefs showed out and helped keep their team in the game with the red-hot Rams. The combination of Kelce, Tyreek Hill and Kareem Hunt will be lethal moving forward just as it has been so far this season. It’s Super Bowl or bust in Kansas City.
QB Carson Wentz
From Super Bowl or Bust to Super Bowl hangover, the Eagles were absolutely embarrassed by the New Orleans Saints this weekend. Wentz was no help, throwing for just 156 yards, no touchdowns, and three interceptions. In a year that it seemed like the Eagles would not be challenged in the NFC East, it now looks like a year with no playoffs in Philadelphia. Carson Wentz will need to figure things out and get the Eagles offense back to its potential if they will have any chance at a Super Bowl repeat this season.
RB Dion Lewis
Lewis had some harsh comments following last Sunday’s win over the New England Patriots. But this week he did just about nothing to back those statements up. With just 24 rushing yards on 10 touches, Lewis was a disappointment in a big divisional loss to the Indianapolis Colts. It will be interesting to see if Lewis can respond to this week with an inspired performance against the Houston Texans, another important matchup in terms of division standings.
WR Calvin Ridley
Ridley has had a promising rookie season, but on Sunday he had somewhat of a setback. With just three catches for 32 yards, Ridley did not do much in a key loss to the Dallas Cowboys. We have seen in the past that when Ridley is on his game the Falcons offense can thrive utilizing both him and Julio Jones. Look for him to be more involved against the scorching Saints next week.
TE Zach Ertz
Following a monster week, Ertz was a virtual non-factor in New Orleans. With just two catches for 15 yards, Ertz was a main reason for the Eagles offensive struggles on Sunday. The connection of Wentz to Ertz is a huge part of the Eagles offense and without it, as they showed Sunday, their offense cannot produce in a way that will bring them anywhere near the playoffs. Similar to Ridley, we have seen in the past that when Ertz is successful, the Eagles offense can thrive. Ertz will need to be targeted more, and he will need to produce when targeted to garner offensive success.