RISING STOCK

imagesL8OOGB6VPittsburgh Steelers Offense- We knew Le’Veon Bell was one of the best backs in football, and we’ve seen Antonio Brown blossom into one of the most consistent receivers in the game, but this season it seems like most have forgotten about Ben Roethlisburger and what he is capable of doing, with his frequent rumored spats with offensive coordinator putting a damper on his output thus far. On Sunday against the Colts, Roethlisburger set career highs and broke Steelers’ records by completing 40 of 49 passes for 522 yards and an incredible six touchdowns in Pittsburgh’s blowout of Indianapolis by a score of 51-34. Brown scored twice, and we saw the Steelers’ receiving depth throughout the day, as second-year Markus Wheaton had his most productive game of the year with five catches for 56 yards and a score, while rookie Martavius Bryant continued his emergence from Monday night, also with five catches for 83 yards and two scores. With two straight strong offensive performances and both the Bengals and Ravens looking beatable right now, the Steelers could have a better shot at the AFC North that most previously thought.

bgTom Brady/Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots- Remember back in week four after the Patriots lost to the Chiefs, and people started asking if Brady was finished? Since then, all he’s done is average 300 passing yards and three touchdowns in the four games since, all New England wins. Sunday’s performance capped off the impressive run with an incredible 30 completions on 35 attempts for 354 yards and five touchdowns, three to Gronkowski, who totaled 9 catches for 149 yards for his biggest game of the season. Now the doubt has been erased from both players, expect the 6-2 to continue to be among the top of the AFC for the rest of the season.

Donte Moncrief, WR, Indianapolis Colts- With Reggie Wayne out Sunday with an arm injury, Hakeem Nicks got the start, but the third-round pick from Mississippi became the latest from this year’s rookie class to make an impact for his team, as he finished the day with seven catches for 119 yards and a touchdown in the loss. While Wayne could be back next week, Moncrief should still be in line for a larger role going forward as the number three receiver.

FALLING STOCK

Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks- Amidst reports that his time in Seattle could be ending shortly, he had his third straight game without a touchdown, after having six through his first four games this season, while rushing for 62 yards on only 14 carries as the Seahawks beat the Panthers in a low scoring game. Could this be the beginning of the Seahawks trying to phase him out? He suddenly doesn’t look like a top back this season given the possible background friction between Lynch and the Seattle front office, who already jettisoned one disgruntled playmaker and could just as easily do it again.

Atlanta Falcons- The Falcons have now lost five straight after blowing a 21-0 lead at halftime in England against the Lions, to lose on a last second field goal. It’s pretty obvious Head Coach Mike Smith is on the hot seat, but could Matt Ryan, with only five touchdowns through his last four games (after throwing 10 in the first four), be far behind him if they don’t start to win soon?

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