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Top 5 must-see plays from Week 7

Eric Edholm
Shutdown Corner

1. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers might be a mess, but Vincent Jackson is not. He might be the league’s least-appreciated superstar wide receiver, and Jackson showed his prowess with this insane one-handed catch — while being interfered with. Oh, and Jackson scored, too.

2. There was some serious wide-receiver greatness going on in Detroit, and the Cincinnati Bengals’ A.J. Green made the first shout with an 82-yard catch and run. But Calvin Johnson — as only he can do — found a way to one-up Green with this incredible touchdown catch in traffic, amid three Bengals.

3. Anquan Boldin can make it look so easy sometimes. It wasn’t a long gain, but the San Francisco 49ers wideout made one of the more fluid-looking one-handed grabs along the sideline for an early first down.

4. Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith confirmed after the game that this was a designed QB draw in an interview with NBC. But what he did not confirm was whether the fake handoff he made to the side of the backfield with no running back was intentional. Either way, this odd-looking play was surprisingly deceptive and effective.

5. Devin Hester is ridiculous. But you know that. He extended his record of punt-return touchdowns to 13 with this sidewinding beauty just when the Chicago Bears needed it — with their starting quarterback, Jay Cutler, out with injury. It wasn’t enough, but Hester notched yet another brilliant TD return in his career.

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Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter!

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