Rivers completed 35-of-48 passes for 365 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in Monday night's loss to the Steelers.
Rivers hooked up with long-time favorite target Antonio Gates on both his touchdown passes Monday, but otherwise distributed his targets incredibly well. To that point, Rivers completed at least five passes to five different players, helping him set a season-high with 35 completions. Similarly, Rivers' whopping 365 yards marked the third time he's topped 350 yards in a game already this season. Although his lone interception Monday was returned for a touchdown, Rivers was still plenty productive and continues to rack up yardage in the Chargers' pass heavy offense.
Antonio Brown caught three passes (on six targets) for 45 yards in Monday night's win over the Chargers.
Brown was kept pretty quiet by the Chargers' defense Monday night, when the Pittsburgh Steelers ' passing game did very little until the fourth quarter. In fact, 39 of Brown's 45 total receiving yards came on one play, evidencing his limited contributions elsewhere. While Brown did tie for Pittsburgh's team-lead in targets, Monday marked the second straight game he's been held to fewer than 50 receiving yards. It's clear that Brown's production has been capped with quarterback Michael Vick filling in for Ben Roethlisberger, but he'll still aim to break his mini-slump in Week 6 against the Cardinals.
Markus Wheaton finished Monday night's win over the Chargers with one catch (on three targets) for 72 yards and a touchdown.
Wheaton's contributions Monday were limited to one catch, but it resulted in a game-long gain, as he connected with quarterback Mike Vick on a deep pass during the fourth quarter. That play marked Wheaton's first touchdown of the season and his 72 yards were a season-high as well. Those realities evidence Wheaton's relatively modest fantasy value, which could take a hit once Martavis Bryant (knee) is ready to return.
Le'Veon Bell finished Monday night's win over the Chargers with 21 carries for 111 yards and a touchdown, and four catches (on five targets) for 16 receiving yards.
Bell was the hero in the Pittsburgh Steelers ' win Monday night, as he powered through the pile to score a one-yard direct snap touchdown as time expired. Along with clinching Pittsburgh's comeback victory, Bell kept the Chargers' defense on their toes with numerous inventive runs that helped the Steelers' offense overcome a disjointed passing game. In his three games back from suspension, Bell has picked up where he left off last season, compiling an impressive 302 yards on 62 carries and catching 18 passes for 107 yards en route to three total touchdowns.
Mike Vick completed 13-of-26 passes for 203 yards, one touchdown and one interception, and rushed once for 24 yards in Monday night's win over the Chargers.
Vick's passing totals were largely boosted by his 72-yard touchdown pass to Markus Wheaton during the fourth quarter, when the veteran also led the Pittsburgh Steelers on a late game-winning drive. While Vick should be commended for his late-game contributions, the first three quarters of Monday night's game evidenced his inexperience in Pittsburgh's offense, as most his passes were check downs to underneath receivers. Vick's only interception came on a hail mary to end the first half, so to his credit, he managed to take care of the ball even despite his limitations elsewhere. If starter Ben Roethlisberger (knee) remains sidelined going forward, Vick figures to continue to fill in at quarterback in Week 6 against a playmaking Cardinals defense.
Connor Barth made a triumphant return to the Bucs, successfully converting all three field goal attempts and a trio of point-after tries in Sunday's 38-31 loss to the Jaguars.
Barth helped to quickly put the departed Kyle Brindza's inconsistencies in the rearview mirror, turning in a perfect performance in Week 5. The veteran kicker hit field goals of 35, 45 and 47 yards and was impeccable on his first three career extra-point tries from the newly-instituted distance.
Buccaneers LB Kwon Alexander collects five tackles in Week 5
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Kwon Alexander tallied five tackles (three solo), a sack, and two passes defensed in Sunday's 38-31 victory over the Jaguars.
Alexander continues to do a solid job manning the middle in Lovie Smith's defense. The rookie linebacker collected his first career sack and also got his hands on two Blake Bortles' passes Sunday. Alexander will continue his impressive first-year campaign in Week 7 when the Bucs travel to Washington to face the Redskins following their Week 6 bye.
Gerald McCoy amassed three tackles (one solo), 1.5 sacks, and a tackle for loss in Sunday's 38-31 victory over the Jaguars.
The Bucs' star defensive tackle continues to play through a shoulder ailment and nevertheless put heat on opposing quarterback. McCoy has now collected at least one sack in all but one game in 2015, and tallied his 1.5 takedowns Sunday in the closing minutes, helping to snuff out the Jaguars' last-ditch attempt at potential game-tying touchdown. McCoy will face off against the Redskins and Kirk Cousins in Week 7 after the Bucs' bye.
Cardinals linebacker Alex Okafar emerged from Sunday's win with a calf strain, which will keep him out for a month, Kent Somers of the Arizona Wildcats Republic reports.
The recovery timetable signifies the Arizona Cardinals ' hope, but they will exercise caution with one of the primary pass rushers. With a number of injuries befalling the linebacker ranks in Arizona -- reserve Kenny Demens suffered a torn ACL on Sunday -- the team inked Dwight Freeney to a veteran minimum deal, though LaMarr Woodley and Markus Golden could be the immediate beneficiaries of available snaps.