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FIVE & FIVE: THE BIGGEST SURPRISES/DISAPPOINTMENTS FROM SUNDAY

We wrap up the 10th Sunday of the NFL season by looking at a handful of players who exceeded expectations and a handful who failed to deliver.

Surprises

Chris Ivory, Saints: Fans have been clamoring for Ivory to get more chances for quite some time, and now he's finally getting touches and coming up big. In only his second game of the year, Ivory averaged over 10 yards per carry  in a victory over Atlanta, scoring on an incredible 56-yard run in the process.

Chris Johnson, Titans: The entire Titans team was a surprise Sunday against Miami, and Johnson's been up and down all year. He specifically makes the list because the Dolphins entered Week 10 with the league's No. 3-ranked run defense. This marked the first time in 23 games that an opposing back hit the century mark against them.

Jarius Wright, Vikings: The rookie fourth-round pick stepped it up in a big way with Percy Harvin out, finishing with a team-high 65 yards through the air and his first career touchdown in a bounce-back victory before the bye.

Danario Alexander, Chargers: The Bolts didn't win in Tampa, but Alexander had a nice day out of the blue, mustering five catches for 134 yards and a touchdown. He's only been a Charger for three weeks, but fantasy peeps will rush to grab Alexander now. 

Paul Kruger, Ravens: Two sacks and an interception for the former second-round pick in a blowout victory over Oakland. Not bad for a guy who entered that game with just eight sacks and one pick in his four-year career.

Disappointments

Eli Manning, Giants: He'll remain on this list every week until he breaks out of his slump, because I keep thinking Manning should be able to finally get back on track and he continues to disappoint.

Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins: I don't expect the rookie quarterback to shine every week, but I definitely didn't expect such a dud performance against a defense that is putting up historically bad numbers. How do the  Dolphins manage only three points against a defense that was on pace to give up more of them than any team in NFL history?

Michael Turner, Falcons: Just 15 yards on 13 carries, forcing the Falcons to become completely unbalanced in their first loss of the year. From a production standpoint, that was the worst game of Turner's career.

Steve Smith, Panthers: He was targeted seven times against Denver, but had only one 19-yard catch. The veteran certainly hasn't been helped by Cam Newton, but it's a two-way street. Smith was a big reason why the Panthers were 0-for-12 on third down in another loss Sunday.

DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys: It's not all about sacks, I know, and Ware did create a decent amount of pressure in a winning effort in Philadelphia. But fantasy owners were surely expecting more from him against that train-wreck of an offensive line. 

Brad Gagnon

About Brad Gagnon

Brad Gagnon has been passionate about both sports and mass media since he was in diapers -- a passion that won't die until he's in them again. Based in Toronto, he's worked as a national NFL blog editor at theScore.com (covering Super Bowls XLIV, XLV and XLVI), a producer and writer at theScore Television Network and a host, reporter and play-by-play voice at Rogers TV. His work has also appeared at Deadspin, FoxSports.com, The Guardian, The Hockey News and elsewhere at Bloguin, but his day gig has him covering all things NFC East for Bleacher Report.

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