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Week 8 NFL Top Performers
Posted: Sunday October 25, 1998 11:48 PM
After a week like this, it's all the more apparent we should starting giving some kind of special teams honor each week -- be it Jason Elam's record-tying 63-yard field goal, game-winners from Chicago's Jeff Jaeger or Miami's Olindo Mare, or just a punt returned for a touchdown like Seattle's Joey Galloway or Green Bay's Roell Preston did this week.
For now, we're sticking to the original three honors. With the second half of the year looming ahead, having the NFL's top offensive stars share the spotlight with a special teams sensation each week is a distinct possibility.
Offensive Outburst Award
It seems every other week one of these awards goes to Terrell Davis. This week's numbers -- 136 rushing yards, 76 receiving yards, three rushing touchdown -- have been typical Terrell. The Broncos tailback became only the third player in NFL history to reach 1,000 rushing yards in the seventh game of the season, joining Jim Brown and O.J. Simpson.
Davis continues his onslaught on Eric Dickerson's single-season record of 2,105 rushing yards, but look out for another mark -- Davis' 12 rushing touchdowns are twice as many as any other NFL player, and put him on pace to challenge Emmitt Smith's record of 25.
Top Ground Gainer
The Raiders came out wanting to run first this week, and Napoleon Kaufman gave them exactly what they needed, rushing for 143 yards in Oakland's 27-10 victory over Cincinnati.
With quarterback Jeff George sidelined and Donald Hollas stepping in, Kaufman was called upon to carry the load and finished with a career-high 31 carries, including 15 for 94 yards in the first quarter.
Kaufman's 143 yards marks a season-high, making good use of the Raiders' bye week last week and making up for a disappointing 17 yards on 12 carries in his last game. With Kaufman leading the way, Oakland has won three of its last four and at 5-2 is in the thick of the AFC wild-card race.
Losing Effort Award
With a dinged-up rushing attack that managed just 11 carries for 50 yards, Brunell attempted 46 passes, threw no interceptions and came threw with three scores against a Broncos defense that had allowed six passing touchdowns in as many games before Sunday.
Brunell's scoring strikes -- to tailback Fred Taylor and tight ends Damon Jones and Pete Mitchell -- gave him five games with more than one touchdown pass this season. His yardage has been down this season -- before Sunday he only had one game with more than 215 passing yards.
Top Rushing PerformancesNapoleon Kaufman, Raiders, 31 carries, 143 yards
Eddie George, Oilers, 21 carries, 137 yards
Terrell Davis, Broncos, 31 carries, 136 yards
Robert Smith, Vikings, 19 carries, 134 yards
Barry Sanders, Lions, 24 carries, 127 yards
Curtis Martin, Jets, 25 carries, 101 yards
Natrone Means, Chargers, 27 carries, 92 yards
Curtis Enis, Bears, 21 carries, 85 yards
Fred Lane, Panthers, 18 carries, 74 yards
Travis Jervey, Packers, 29 carries, 72 yards
Top Passing PerformancesMark Brunell, Jaguars, 28-46, 0 INT, 3 TD, 353 yards
John Elway, Broncos, 21-35, 0 INT, 1 TD, 295 yards
Steve Beuerlein, Panthers, 22-39, 2 INT, 1 TD, 286 yards
Doug Flutie, Bills, 18-22, 1 INT, 2 TD, 282 yards
Ryan Leaf, Chargers, 25-52, 0 INT, 1 TD, 281 yards
Dan Marino, Dolphins, 23-42, 3 INT, 0 TD, 279 yards
Brett Favre, Packers, 22-41, 2 INT, 2 TD, 260 yards
Drew Bledsoe, Patriots, 13-33, 1 INT, O TD, 240 yards
John Friesz, Seahawks, 14-21, 0 INT, 1 TD, 234 yards
Charlie Batch, Lions, 20-37, 1 INT, 1 TD, 231 yards
Top Receiving PerformancesEric Moulds, Bills, 5 receptions for 145 yards
Joey Galloway, Seahawks, 4 receptions for 130 yards
Jimmy Smith, Jaguars, 8 receptions for 121 yards
Terrell Owens, 49ers, 5 receptions for 120 yards
Shawn Jefferson, Patriots, 4 receptions for 116 yards
Keenan Mccardell, Jaguars, 9 receptions for 113 yards
Antonio Freeman, Packers, 9 receptions for 103 yards
Mark Carrier, Panthers, 5 receptions for 100 yards
Ed Mccaffrey, Broncos, 3 receptions for 92 yards
Johnnie Morton, Lions, 7 receptions for 89 yards
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