NFL week 11 was quite something for surprises. Or near surprises at least.
Whipping boys the Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Carolina Panthers all came agonisingly close to wins, each blowing them in overtime.
Then there was the bumblebee-like Byron Leftwich blazing through the Ravens D for a touchdown as if it wasn't there in the opening minutes of the Steelers game.
There were some simply huge statistical individual offensive performances too. Here is a run through of the five biggest...
Matt Schaub, QB, Texans
5 Touchdowns, 527 Yards, 43-55 completions, 2 Interceptions.
Quarterback Schaub had his career-best performance last night, and it nearly ended in defeat, thanks to a resilient Jags team, in what was widely expected to be a blowout. He equalled the second highest ever single-game passing yards total by a quarterback in the NFL with 527, tied with Warren Moon of the Houston Oilers in 1990. The highest ever belongs to Norm van Brocklin of the LA Rams, back in 1957.
Andre Johnson, WR, Texans
14 receptions, 273 yards, 1 Touchdown
It has been a tough year for Johnson, but this was the best performance of his career to date, and showed the doubters he still has what it takes to be considered one of the top wide receivers in the NFL. The 31-year-old responded to his career high totals by simply telling reporters after the game to 'believe me now'.
Tom Brady, QB, Patriots
3 Touchdowns, 331 Yards, 24-35 completions
Brady is having a near immaculate season, with just one below par showing in a surprise week two loss to the Cards. He has been irrepressible ever since, and helped the Patriots record the highest offensive points total of the season, winning 59-24 against the Colts, eclipsing AFC rivals the Ravens' 55 point blitz of the Raiders last week. Colts rookie QB Andrew Luck could only watch and learn from the masterclass.
Robert Griffin III, QB, Redskins
4 Touchdowns, 200 yards, 14-15 completions, 84 running yards
RGIII was coming off a bye-week, and before that a disappointing showing in a loss to the Panthers. Last night's divisional win over the dismal Eagles keeps the Redskins' faint playoff hopes alive, and it was a near perfect performance from the rookie. Superb.
Justin Blackmon, WR, Jaguars
7 receptions, 236 yards, 1 Touchdown
In last week's loss to the Colts, Blackmon had just three receptions for 25 yards. It topped off a miserable start to the season for the top drafted rookie wide receiver of 2012, and last night's showing seemed to come out of nowhere. It cannot have been a coincidence that back-up QB Chad Henne was throwing him the ball, Blackmon never clicked with the injured Blaine Gabbert, and expect to see this combination get more field time.
And a special mention to Falcons QB Matt Ryan, who became the first NFL QB to win a game with a statline of 0 Touchdowns and 5 Interceptions since 1967 in their narrow win over the Cardinals.
Which performance impressed you the most?
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