The former Eagles running back who now plays for Denver rushed for 113 yards on just 12 carries to help lift the Broncos past Kansas City, 44-13.
The Chiefs' defense
Kansas City retired Hall of Famer Derrick Thomas' number yesterday, but the Chiefs certainly didn't play in the tradition of the late linebacker. For the second straight game, they gave up at least 40 points, this time to Denver.
The New Orleans wide receiver earned a place in Saints lore for his role in an improbable 33-30 overtime win against Washington. First, he simply snatched the ball from the arms of Redskins defender Kareem Moore, who had just made a terrific interception, and dashed 44 yards for a TD. Then, Meachem scored on a 53-yard reception at the end of regulation to tie the game and send it into overtime.
The aforementioned Mr. Moore went from hero to zero when he allowed Meachem to pick his pocket on a play that gave momentum to the Saints in a game Washington should have won.
He may not be the most famous quarterback who ever came out of Western Pennsylvania, but Pittsburgh native Gradkowski gave a Joe Montana-like performance for the Oakland Raiders, completing 20 of 33 for 308 yards and three TDs, including the game-winner with nine seconds left to stun the free-falling Steelers, 27-24.
Sentenced to play quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Freeman was intercepted five times as Carolina snatched a 16-6 victory. Freeman's quintuplet was the most picks by a Bucs quarterback since Vinny Testaverde threw five in 1990.
San Diego's tight end had eight catches for a career-high 167 yards in the Chargers' 30-23 triumph over Cleveland. It was San Diego's seventh win in a row. Somewhat surprisingly, it was also their 15th straight win in December - not bad for a warm-weather team.
The Patriots' travel agent
Maybe they're being booked into hotels with lumpy mattresses, or the restaurant food doesn't agree with them, but the Pats are 0-5 in opposing stadiums this year after losing to Miami, 22-21, at Land Shark Stadium. It was the third time that New England (7-5) has lost on the road despite leading in the fourth quarter.
The Cardinals' veteran QB lit up the Vikings for 285 passing yards and three TDs in a 30-17 win that tightened 8-4 Arizona's grip on the NFC West lead.
Cassel is a classic example of the old adage "be careful what you wish for." Quarterback Cassel was certainly happy to become The Man when he signed with Kansas City in the off-season, but it also meant signing up for a lot of days like yesterday when he was 10 for 29 for 84 yards and two interceptions in the loss to Denver.