Dave & Adam’s “Leaders of the Pack” is back after taking a bye week last Monday. With the regular season quickly making its way to the finish, the line between the pretenders and contenders gets clearer every week. In Week 10 the contenders stood outwith some exciting performances from their top players.
Ben Roethlisberger owned the quarterback position during the last two weeks with 12 touchdowns, but it was a different story in Week 10. Big Ben did throw for more yards than any other QB in the league but only managed to toss one touchdown in the Steelers’ loss to the Jets. Peyton Manning had another remarkable day with five touchdowns and 340 yards passing in the Broncos’ beatdown of the Raiders. But for the third week in a row the NFL had a quarterback with six touchdowns in one game. Aaron Rodgers lit up the Bears defense for six scores and 315 yards to earn the “Leader of the Pack” honors at QB for Week 10.
Rodgers threw all of his touchdowns in the first half as Green Bay ran out to a 42-0 lead. That tied an NFL record for most TD passes in one half and the 42-point advantage at halftime was second biggest lead ever for an NFL team after two quarters. The Packers improved to 6-3 with the win and are a game back of the first place Detroit Lions.
“Beast Mode” was in full effect in Seattle on Sunday. Marshawn Lynch rushed for a season-high 140 yards and a career best four touchdowns to taste the rainbow of being the “Leader of the Pack” at running back for Week 10.
Lynch scored a pair of crucial touchdowns in the fourth quarter of Seattle’s 38-17 win over the Giants. He broke a 17-17 tie early in the quarter and then, five minutes later, extended the Seahawks lead to 14. The victory keeps Seattle near the top of the heap in the NFC Wild Card race with a 6-3 record.
If there’s one person that missed Tony Romo more than anyone else it has to be Dez Bryant. Romo returned from his back injury and connected with Bryant six times for 158 yards and two touchdowns to help Bryant earn the title of “Leader of the Pack” at wide receiver for Week 10.
All of Bryant’s receptions came in the second quarter of the Cowboys’ 31-17 win over the Jaguars. His touchdown receptions of 35 and 68 yards blew the game wide open for Dallas as they took a 24-7 lead into halftime. It was his best performance of the season after failing to earn more than 30 yards in the two games in which Romo was hurt.