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Keenan Allen and Marvin Jones lead the way for the offensive players this week as both had outstanding games for their respective teams. Who else had great games during week six of the NFL season?

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There were some great performances during week six for the Bears in the Pros, but the injuries continue to pile up. Will it ever end?

Find out who stepped up for their team and who is looking at time on the sidelines due to injury after week six of the NFL season.

Lorenzo Alexander: LB, Oakland Raiders (2-3)

Alexander and the Raiders were on a bye during week six of the NFL season.

Keenan Allen: WR, San Diego Chargers (2-4)

Allen caught 14 passes for 157 yards during San Diego's 27-20 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Here is the crazy part: he did not even play the whole game.

Allen left the contest during the third quarter with a hip injury. Before leaving the game, Allen set franchise records with 11 receptions and 124 yards receiving during the first half.

Allen is questionable for Sunday's game as he missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday.

Tyson Alualu: DE, Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5)

Alualu recorded one tackle during Jacksonville's 31-20 loss to the Houston Texans.

C.J. Anderson: RB, Denver Broncos (6-0)

The Broncos keep rolling along as they continue to win games despite struggles from the offense, both passing and running the ball.

Anderson rushed 13 times for 41 yards (6 rushes, 24 yards in overtime), with 4 receptions for 25 yards as the Broncos defeated the Cleveland Browns 26-23.

Bryan Anger: P, Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5)

Anger punted five times for a 46.8 yard average (37.8 net) and two punts inside the 20-yardline as the Jaguars fell to the Texans.

Anger has consistently been one of the best punters in the NFL this season. He is tied for first in total number of punts with 33, third in yards, fifth in net yards and tied for fourth with 12 punts inside the 20.

Chris Conte: S, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3)

Conte and the Bucs had a bye this past week.

Justin Forsett: RB, Baltimore Ravens (1-5)

Forsett's hot-streak cooled off a bit as the Ravens lost yet another game in what is quickly becoming a lost season. This loss was an extremely disappointing 25-20 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

Forsett had 17 carries for 62 yards and seven receptions for 49 yards. His season total of 395 yards rushing leaves Forsett fifth in the NFL.

Due to an ankle injury which has bothered Forsett since last week, he missed practice on Wednesday but returned on Thursday. He should be good to go on Sunday.

DeSean Jackson: WR, Washington Redskins (2-4)

Jackson was inactive again due to the hamstring injury he sustained during week one.

The hamstring injury is still bothering Jackson, per the Redskins' official website:

The Washington Redskins' wide receiver is yet to play since tearing his left hamstring in the season opener against Miami on Sept. 13.

Jackson was initially expected to be out three to four weeks. This Sunday will mark six weeks since the injury. Last Wednesday, as the team prepared to face the New York Jets, coach Jay Gruden said, "I feel like [Jackson] is very, very close. If it's not this Sunday, then it'd definitely be next weekend."

However, Jackson's availability for Sunday's game is once again uncertain after he had a "setback" in last Thursday's practice.

On Monday, Gruden said they will have to see how Jackson responds in practice this week before they make a decision. Jackson returned to practice two weeks ago, but has been limited.

He did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday, according to the injury report.

"We're going to evaluate him this week," Gruden said. "He's got a couple good days of rehab here. Wednesday we'll see where he is at. Hopefully it's coming along. But it's not a definite, no."

Marvin Jones: WR, Cincinnati Bengals (6-0)

Jones' performance against the Buffalo Bills would typically be enough to be the best receiving stats of the week for Bears in the Pros, but Jones is overshadowed at times due to Allen's spectacular numbers for the Chargers thus far.

Jones notched nine receptions for 95 yards and one touchdown as the Bengals took down the Bills 34-21.

Here's video of his 10-yard touchdown and 42-yard reception.

The Bengals are spreading the ball around quite a bit this season, as evidenced by Cincinnati.com:

On Sunday, Marvin Jones became the fourth different Bengals player to lead the team in receiving yards in just the sixth game of the season. Jones caught nine passes for 95 yards and a score in the Bengals' 34-21 victory over the Bills.

Last week, Tyler Eifert led the team with nine catches for 90 yards, the week before it was Mohamed Sanu with 84 yards on four catches against the Chiefs and that was after A.J. Green torched the Raves for 227 yards on 10 catches.

"It's crazy the talent that we have," Jones said. "It's just fun, it makes it more exciting. You never know, game-in and game-out whose turn it's going to be?"

Bills coach Rex Ryan, as well as anyone else in football, could probably think of some words better than "fun" or "exciting" to describe it from an opponent's point of view.

"That team has lit up everybody in the league," Ryan said of the Bengals. "You take away this guy, take away that guy and this other dude beats you."

Cameron Jordan: DE, New Orleans Saints (2-4)

Cam Jordan actually played like Cam Jordan for the first time this season. He had a great game during the Saints' 31-21 upset of the Atlanta Falcons.

Jordan registered three sacks, six tackles, one fumble forced and one fumble recovery. Jordan is tied for ninth in the NFL with four sacks.

Nola.com wrote a story about Jordan's resurgence:

We've become far more accustomed to the New Orleans Saints' defense gagging away a lead rather than not only maintaining a lead, but seriously closing a team out. The Saints did that for the first time this season in last week's 31-21 win against Atlanta.

And consider defensive end Cam Jordan as the Saints' version of Mariano Rivera.

Jordan was the closer.

Jordan played like the dominant $60 million man from the last play of the third quarter until the end of New Orleans' victory. Jordan picked up three sacks, one forced fumble, one recovered fumble and a tackle for a loss in the run game.

What's even more unique about Jordan's three-sack output was how he created all three quarterback takedowns while playing inside as a defensive tackle and not at his traditional end spot.

Mychal Kendricks: LB, Philadelphia Eagles (3-3)

Kendricks was inactive again due to injury.

CSN Philly reports that Kendricks is officially questionable for Sunday's matchup with the Panthers

L.P. Ladouceur: LS, Dallas Cowboys (2-3)

Ladouceur and the Cowboys had a much needed bye this past week.

Marshawn Lynch: RB, Seattle Seahawks (2-4)

Lynch returned to action as the Seahawks took on the undefeated Carolina Panthers, but it wasn't enough to end his team's losing skid.

Beast Mode toted the rock 17 times for 54 yards and his first rushing touchdown of the season. Lynch also started a flea flicker which led to a touchdown.

Carolina beat Seattle 27-23.

Alex Mack: C, Cleveland Browns (2-4)

Mack started for the sixth time this season and he recorded a stat! Mack recovered a fumble.

Chris McCain: LB, Miami Dolphins (2-3)

McCain was inactive for the first time this season as the Dolphins trampled the Tennessee Titans 38-10.

Brandon Mebane: DT, Seattle Seahawks (2-4)

Mebane recorded one tackle and one quarterback hit.

Ron Rivera: HC, Carolina Panthers (5-0)

Rivera's feisty bunch of Panthers keep finding ways to win games. This time it was in the hostile environment of Seattle. Coach Rivera has a well coached group of players.

After the big win, Rivera has been trying to keep his players focused and hungry as they have started to earn more praise from the national media.

From Pro Football Talk:

The Panthers were undefeated heading into the game, but they hadn’t beaten an overly impressive list of teams and they’d lost to the Seahawks four times in the last three years. Sunday’s win might not have come against a team with a winning record, but the way they did it and the place they did it will lead some to shift the Panthers up a notch or two in the league’s pecking order.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera doesn’t want that to go to the heads of his players, especially with a nationally televised game against the Eagles this week. Rivera said the underdog mentality is "not going to go away" after the move to 5-0.

"I know there’s going to be a lot of noise now because of who we are and what’s been happening and the positivity that’s going on," Rivera said, via the Charlotte Observer. "We can’t focus on the noise. We’ve got to focus on the game."

Aaron Rodgers: QB, Green Bay Packers (6-0)

Rodgers engaged in a showdown of great quarterbacks when Phillip Rivers and the Chargers took on the Packers in Green Bay.

Both signal callers played great football, but it was Rodgers who emerged victorious with 16-29 passes completed for 255 yards and two touchdowns.

Here is video of Rodgers' touchdown passes to James Jones and James Starks.

Richard Rodgers: TE, Green Bay Packers (6-0)

Rodgers caught just two passes for 34 yards, but it was enough to surpass his catch total from the previous season. Rodgers now has 21 catches for 189 yards and two touchdowns this season.

Jeremy Ross: WR/RET, Baltimore Ravens (1-5)

Ross did a little bit of everything for the struggling Ravens this past week with one kick return for 41 yards and one punt return for nine yards. Ross also caught three passes for 34 yards with one rush for two yards.

Ross now has five receptions for 58 yards this season.

The Baltimore Sun has more on Ross' impact on the team:

One bright spot for the Ravens this season has been the addition of receiver Jeremy Ross, who was put on the active roster on Oct. 15.

Ross, a three-year veteran, gives the Ravens some speed on the outside. At first, the Ravens used him on some quick hitches and screen passes in hopes that he could break one. But it appears he will become more involved in the offense as the season moves along.

He also has given the offense a spark as a return specialist. He came close to breaking a kickoff return (for 41 yards) against San Francisco on Sunday and is averaging 10 yards on three punt returns, and 29.5 yards on six kickoff returns.

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco seems to be getting into a comfort zone with both newly required receivers, Ross and Chris Givens. Ross has five catches for 58 yards.

"I’m starting to really get comfortable with Chris [Givens] – throwing the ball out there for him and letting him go get it," said Flacco. "I think he did a great job coming into the game on Sunday and making some catches for us and being a big part of what he had to be late in the game there. I think Jeremy has come in and done a great job of being consistent, being where he’s supposed to be. That’s the most important thing when you get a guy right off the bench that is that level. That’s why I have been talking about the details. I think he does a really, really good job, for the most part, in doing those things. It has been a somewhat smooth transition throwing the ball to him, because he knows what he’s doing, and he has a good feel about him."

Mitchell Schwartz: T, Cleveland Browns (2-4)

Schwartz started his 54th consecutive game out of a possible 54 to begin his career.

Pro Football Focus recently named Schwartz the top right tackle in the NFL.

Scout.com has more on this story:

Recently, Pro Football Focus listed Schwartz as the top right tackle in the NFL, despite being criticized at times for his performance.

"Good for Mitch," Mike Pettine said when told of the honor. "Name a right tackle that doesn’t get targeted. That’s the stigma of being the right tackle. We’re very pleased with Mitch. He’s relentless in his preparation. He does a good job in the meeting room, carries it over to the field. I know from the pecking order of what you would perceive as leaders in that room, you have Joe  and Alex, but Mitch is right up there with those guys."

Schwartz took the news in stride of being placed at the top of the list at his position.

"It’s obviously nice," Schwartz said. "I think sites like that it’s hard to put a quantifiable grade on things like that. That’s kind of the thing it’s hard to figure out what we’re supposed to do on every play, figure out with so many things go into every play in terms of maybe the back is supposed to be here, you’re expecting one guy to be there, another guy to be there. It’s hard to evaluate stuff, but obviously, I’ll take the positive rating so it’s kind of cool."

Schwartz was credited for limiting Von Miller to no sacks and just an assisted tackle, but he said it was a collaborative effort.

"Like I said, everyone did their part on him," he said. "I had some one-on-one matchups that went my way. There were times we had some tight ends helping, some running backs helping, times where you’d rush Joe, times you’d rush (John) Greco, times (Mack would handle him, Joel (Bitonio). It’s never just a one-person thing."

Brian Schwenke: C, Tennessee Titans (1-4)

Schwenke started again this season, but suffered another unfortunate injury which will put him on the sidelines for the duration of the season.

Schwenke dislocated his ankle during the home loss to the Dolphins.

Here is what some of Schwenke's teammates had to say after the injury (from the Titans' website):

"That guy is awesome,’’ Lewan said of Schwenke. "He is a great friend of mine on the team; I love that guy. I saw what happened, I saw the injury, and that is nothing you want to see and that messes you up mentally when you are out there. That hurt. My heart goes out to him and his wife, his family. I just hope for a speedy recovery. But that’s this game. That could have happened to me today."

"He will be in my prayers,’’ Gallik said of Schwenke. "I’m going to go see him as soon as I can. He has always been a mentor to me. He’s one of the first guys who really took me under his wing, the minute I got here after I got drafted. I see him as an older brother to me and it kills me to see that happen to him."

Craig Stevens: TE, Tennessee Titans (1-4)

Stevens did not record any stats.

Nick Sundberg: LS, Washington Redskins (2-4)

Sundberg performed the snapping duties for the sixth time in as many games this season as the Redskins lost 34-20 to the New York Jets.

Shane Vereen: RB, New York Giants (3-3)

The Giants fell back down to Earth on Monday Night Football against the Eagles as they were blown out in an ugly, ugly football game.

Vereen registered one kick return for 24 yards, four carries for zero yards and just one reception for six yards. It was a rough game for Vereen after his starring role during their primetime victory last week.