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ANDRE JOHNSON, WR - Houston Texans (178 Receiving Yards, 1 Touchdown)
Card to Grab - 2003 Playoff Contenders #141
This season has been an emotional roller coaster for the Houston Texans, with the city still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. Scoring on the last play of the game, the Texans helped give the city something to cheer about by recording their first victory of the season, a 29-28 squeaker over the Dolphins. Regarded as one of the most talented receiver in football (when healthy), Johnson had a breakout game catching 10 passes for 178 yards. He's stayed healthy so far and the big day gave him 488 yards receiving on the season, good for sixth place in the NFL.
MAURICE JONES-DREW, RB - Jacksonville Jaguars (125 Rushing Yards, 2 Touchdowns)
Card to Grab - 2006 Playoff Contenders #146
The little wrecking ball recorded his second 100-yard rushing day of the year and his two touchdowns helped lead the Jaguars to a 24-17 win over the Denver Broncos. Over his first three NFL seasons, Jones has split time in the backfield with Fred Taylor, but he’s getting more touches and making the most of them. Through the first six games, he's combined for more than 500 yards of total offense and scored five touchdowns.
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MATT RYAN, QB - Atlanta Falcons (301 Passing Yards, 1 Touchdown, 116.1 Passer Rating)
Cards to Grab - Playoff Prestige #179, Donruss Elite #101, Donruss Classics #166, Score Select #333, Donruss Threads #262, Playoff Absolute #269, Leaf Certified #219 and Donruss Gridiron Gear #230
In the most dramatic finish of the weekend and coming off an upset of the Green Bay Packers, Ryan did it again, this time against the Bears. He took the snap with six seconds left in the game and - poised like a veteran - completed a 12 - yard pass to Michael Jenkins, getting out of bounds and stopping the clock with one second left. The catch set up Jason Elam’s 48 - yard game-winning field goal, helping Ryan and the Falcons improve their record to 4-2, tied for the lead in the NFC South. Besides winning his fourth game in six career NFL starts, this marked the first 300 yard passing game of Ryan’s young career.
HARRY DOUGLAS, WR - Atlanta Falcons (96 Receiving Yards)
Cards to Grab - Playoff Prestige #142, Donruss Elite #162, Donruss Classics #198, Score Select #391, Donruss Threads #278, Playoff Absolute #265, Leaf Certified #206 and Donruss Gridiron Gear #216
Douglas was a key piece for the Falcons in the dramatic win over the Bears. The receiver from Louisville had his biggest day as a pro, netting close to 100 yards receiving, with one catch going 47 yards to set up a fourth quarter touchdown.
ONES TO WATCH
CORRELL BUCKHALTER, RB - Philadelphia Eagles (93 Rushing Yards, 85 Receiving Yards, 1 Touchdown)
Card to Grab - 2001 Playoff Contenders #116
Buckhalter has been a solid back-up to one of the league’s elite running backs in Brian Westbrook, so when you have a Pro Bowler of his caliber in front of you, the touches will be minimal. The injury bug has hit Westbrook this season, giving Buckhalter the chance to start. He was the key player in the Eagles' 40 - 26 win over the 49ers, leading Philly in rushing yards and catches, scoring once in the win. If Westbrook continues to be banged up and sits out more games - and Buckhalter keeps putting up monster numbers like he did Sunday - keep an eye on the former back-up's cardboard.
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Week 1 - Donovan McNabb, Michael Turner, Matt Forte, Eddie Royal, Matt Cassel
Week 2 - Kurt Warner, Brandon Marshall, Darren McFadden, Jonathan Stewart, Tim Hightower
Week 3 - Ronnie Brown, Drew Brees, Steve Slaton, Matt Forte, Veteran QBs (Gus Frerotte, Kerry Collins, Brian Griese)
Week 4 - Brett Favre, Larry Johnson, Eddie Royal, Donnie Avery, Robert Meachem
Week 5 - DeAngelo Williams, Clinton Portis, Steve Slaton, Matt Ryan, Kyle Orton