Here's a look at some of the players who stood out in the NFL's week 6.
Devin Hester, WR, Bears
For some reason, teams continue to kick the ball to Hester, who scored his 17th career return TD on a 98-yard kick return in Chicago’s 39–10 blowout of Minnesota on Sunday night. Hester — who has scored on 12 punt returns, four kickoff returns and one missed FG return — now trails only Deion Sanders (19) for first on the all-time return TD list. The playmaker from Miami also added five catches for 91 yards and a 48-yard first-quarter TD, as the Bears’ offense scored more points than it had all season.
Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Giants
The G-Men head into their bye week sitting alone in first place of the NFC East standings, after a 27–24 win over upstate rival Buffalo. Bradshaw carried the load, with 26 rushes for 104 yards and three trips to the end zone — all coming from one yard out. The Big Blue offense protected the football (zero turnovers), while the Wrecking Crew defense forced two takeaways — with Corey Webster picking off a pair of Ryan Fitzpatrick passes intended for Stevie Johnson.
Kurt Coleman, S, Eagles
A seventh-round pick out of Ohio State in 2010, Coleman is not one of the decorated all-stars that litter the talent-laden Philadelphia roster. But the second-year safety was the hero of the underachieving “Dream Team” during a 20–13 win at Washington. Coleman, who was subbing for the injured Jarrad Page, became the first Eagle with three INTs in a single game since Joe Scarpati in 1966, as Philly earned its 10th win in its last 12 trips to the nation’s capital.
Shane Lechler, P, Raiders
It turns out the NFL’s all-time leader in career punting average also has a pretty good arm. Serving as the holder on a field goal attempt, Lechler executed the perfect fake — pausing to sell the kick before raising up and spinning a perfect pass to tight end Kevin Boss, who rumbled 35 yards for a TD. The eight-time All-Pro also had four punts for 194 yards (48.5 avg.) in a 24–17 victory over the Browns.
Josh Freeman, QB, Buccaneers
Heading into the Week 6 showdown with the Saints, Freeman was 0–2 at home and 2–0 on the road against the NFC South division rival. That changed on Sunday. Freeman completed 23-of-41 passes for 303 yards, two TDs and zero INTs in a 26–20 win over New Orleans at Raymond James Stadium. On the other side, Drew Brees threw three costly INTs, as the Saints’ four-game win streak was snapped.