Studs and Duds: Week 4

Giants quarterback Eli Manning leads our list of NFL Studs for his four-touchdown performance in Week 4 of the NFL season. Elsewhere, two other NFL starting quarterbacks appear to be Duds. Don't blame us - we just call 'em like we see 'em!

Here are the week's best - and most disappointing - performances, according to's NFL publishers and writers:


  • New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning threw four touchdown passes in the New York's victory over the St. Louis Rams. In his second season, Manning is beginning to look off defenders regularly and is making solid reads to lead an explosive Giants offense. Wide receiver Plaxico Burress is quickly becoming a favorite target of Manning. Utilizing his size, speed and skill, Burress hauled in 10 receptions for 204 yards and two touchdowns against the Rams.

  • New Orleans running back Duece McAllister regained his All-Pro form in the Saints' 19-7 victory over the Buffalo Bills. Rushing for 130 yards on 30 carries, McAllister kept the chains moving against a tough Buffalo defense.

  • Tampa Bay quarterback Brian Griese has taken a stranglehold of the reigns under head coach Jon Gruden. Without the team's number one weapon, running back Cadillac Williams, Griese passed for 302 yards and two touchdowns in leading the Buccaneers over the Detroit Lions.
  • Kansas City Chiefs Wide Receiver Eddie Kennison had another 100-yard day to go along with his first touchdown of the season. Kennison is the sole bright spot in an under-achieving Kansas City Chiefs offense.

  • Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson again was the hit of the show for San Diego. With 25 carries for 124 yards (5.4 avg) and with 3 catches for another 34 yards, Tomlinson gave the Chargers the edge on the ground, which opened up things for Drew Brees through the air against the New England Patriots. Tomlinson's two-touchdown performance gives him eight rushing touchdowns for the year, and his 123 yards puts him as the second-leading rusher in the league.
  • Seattle wideout Bobby Engram caught nine passes for 106 yards despite playing with cracked ribs, which finally caused him to leave the game in the fourth quarter.


  • St. Louis Rams head coach Mike Martz. Martz may be an offensive genius, but his teams are consistently poor defensively, resulting in the team being one-dimensional. Once again, QB Marc Bulger was forced to air it out in the Rams' loss to the Giants, tossing the ball 62 times. Yes, you read that right. No, this was not an Arena Football League game.

  • Buffalo second-year quarterback J.P. Losman is struggling. This time against the Saints, Losman was indecisive in the pocket, making numerous poor reads and errant throws. So now, ex-Browns QB Kelly Holcomb, who preferred to caddy for Losman rather than start for the Browns, finds himself back in the spotlight.

  • Detroit Lions quarterback Joey Harrington continues to struggle in the quarterback-friendly offense of head coach Steve Mariucci. Harrington has been a tease to the Lions throughout his young career, and against Tampa Bay he threw for 137 yards. The problem in the Motor City this time is that there is not a viable replacement on the roster.

  • Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham for allowing linebackers and third string cornerbacks to cover Eagles receiver Terrell Owens instead of shadowing him with All-Pro cornerback Patrick Surtain. Even worse - a linebacker late to move with Owens in motion left the Eagles weapon uncovered, leading to Owens' sole touchdown catch of the day.
  • The New England Patriots defense gained recognition and praise for their play as a unit, and gets listed as a Dud for, yes, their play as a unit after giving up 41 points to the San Diego Chargers.

  • Seattle Seahawks PK Josh Brown missed a pair of 47-yard field goals - the second at the end of regulation, which extended the game to overtime and enabled the Redskins' eventual 20-17 victory.

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