OK, we had another busy week in the NFL, and there's a lot to get to. However: I'd be remiss if I didn't start with the one and only Megatron.
Calvin Johnson (Georgia Tech) of the Detroit Lions is just ridiculous. We've all known that for a long time, but this past Sunday, he entered another chapter to a career that could one day be immortalized in Canton: 14 receptions (on 16 targets, by the way), 329 yards (just 7 yards shy of Flipper Anderson's single game NFL record) and a touchdown. We're lucky to get to watch this guy play.
The days of Rashard Mendenhall being the Arizona Cardinals No. 1 running back are numbered, probably. Rookie RB Andre Ellington (Clemson) had a breakout performance this weekend against the Atlanta Falcons: rushing 15 times for 154 yards and a touchdown. He was the first Cardinal back to eclipse 100 yards since 2012.
The Oakland Raiders will finally get back their 2013 second-round pick OT Menelik Watson (Florida State), who's yet to play this season. Watson has been nursing several knee injuries, but he's returning to practice this week.
Quarterback Thad Lewis (Duke) has put forth a yeoman's effort while filling in for EJ Manuel (Florida State) as the Buffalo Bills (#goacc) starting QB. However, this week against the New Orleans Saints was a rough one for Lewis. He was under heavy pressure all day, and sacked four times, which forced three fumbles - two of which were recovered by the victorious Saints.
Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (Miami) continued his assault on the league. Graham, who is currently hampered by a partially torn plantar fascia, played in less the 20 percent of his team's snaps, but he still managed to grab two touchdown passes from Drew Brees.
Baltimore OLB Elvis Dumervil (Louisville) was fined by the league office for unnecessary roughness during the Ravens' game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Oct. 20.
Wideout Chris Givens (Wake Forest) and the St. Louis Rams gave divisional foe Seattle a scare on Monday Night Football; the Seahawks prevailed, though, winning a close one - 14-9. Givens led the Rams with four catches for 59 yards.
Tight end Vernon Davis (Maryland) played through an injury - three receptions for 52 yards, including a two-yard TD snag - and helped the San Francisco 49ers prevail 42-10 over the hapless Jacksonville Jaguars in London.
DE Robert Quinn (North Carolina) was all over the Wolfbadger quarterback, Russell Wilson (N.C. State) on Monday Night Football. Quinn's team - the St. Louis Rams - went down, but the third-year rush-end finished with three sacks, which puts him at 10.0 on the season - good for fourth in the NFL.
Hey, speaking of sacks: defensive end Mario Williams (N.C. State) of the Bills continues to wreak havoc on opposing quarterbacks. Williams sacked Saints QB Drew Brees once on Sunday, which raises his 2013 sack totals to 11.0. The former No. 1 Pick is having a great season up in Buffalo - through eight weeks, he's leading all NFL defensive ends in Wins Probability Added.
The Minnesota Vikings pass offense just, well, isn't very good. However, tight end Kyle Rudolph (Notre Dame) continues to play well - week in, week out - during his second season in the NFL. He finished with four catches for 51 yards - both of which were team highs - as the Vikings went down to the Green Bay Packers 44-31 on Sunday night.
The season started out with a bang, but the past few weeks have been struggle for LeSean "Shady" McCoy (Pittsburgh) and the Philadelphia Eagles. McCoy, though, still continues to lead the league in rushing yards.
Defensive end Chandler Jones (Syracuse) and defensive back Steve Gregory (Syracuse) both found ways to contribute to the New England Patriots 27-17 win on Sunday over the Miami Dolphins.
Falcons running back Jason Snelling (Virginia) was forced to sit out Atlanta's game against Arizona on Sunday with an ankle injury. We'll see if he can get healthy enough to play next Sunday against division rival Carolina.
Injuries to Randall Cobb and Jermichael Finley have forced wideout Jarrett Boykin (Virginia Tech) into an unexpected big role with the Packers - and he's making the most of his opportunity.