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STEVEN JACKSON, RB - St. Louis Rams (160 Rushing Yards, 3 Touchdowns)
Card to Grab - 2004 Playoff Contenders #174 AU/333
Jackson has been patiently waiting close to eight years for THIS game - ever since the Cowboys passed on him in the 2004 NFL Draft, shocking everybody by selecting Julius Jones instead (injuries to Jackson have prevented him from suiting up against the Cowboys in two previous meetings). He showed Jerry Jones what he passed on, running all over the Cowboys in the Rams' 34-14 blowout win over Dallas. Jackson hit the end zone three times, including a 56-yarder on his way to 176 total yards.
LenDale White, RB - Tennessee Titans (149 Rushing Yards, 3 Touchdowns)
Card to Grab - 2006 Playoff Contenders #144 AU/549
The Titans have a few more wins to go before being mentioned in the same sentence as the ’72 Dolphins or ’07 Patriots, but they have quietly started the season 6-0, making them the only unbeaten team left in the NFL. White has been waiting for his breakout game this season and finally got it against Kansas City. Along with Chris Johnson (see below), the two running backs combined for more than 300 rushing yards, with White scoring three touchdowns - one an 80-yard run in the 34-10 rout over the Chiefs.
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CHRIS JOHNSON, RB - Tennessee Titans (168 Rushing Yards, 1 Touchdown)
Cards to Grab - Playoff Prestige #115, Donruss Elite #120, Donruss Classics #230, Score Select #348, Donruss Threads #276, Playoff Absolute #276, Leaf Certified #213 and Donruss Gridiron Gear #204
Rookie Chris Johnson and (LenDale) White serve up a pretty lethal one-two punch for opposing defenses. So far, the two have combined for more than 850 rushing yards in the Titans first six games. Getting the majority of the carries, the former East Carolina running back has 549 rushing yards and three touchdowns so far this season.
JOE FLACCO, QB - Baltimore Ravens (232 Passing Yards, 1 Touchdown, 120.2 Passer Rating)
Cards to Grab - Playoff Prestige #151, Donruss Elite #105, Donruss Classics #219, Score Select #344, Donruss Threads #271, Playoff Absolute #270, Leaf Certified #220 and Donruss Gridiron Gear #220
Led by a dominating defense, the Ravens have only lost when their offense stumbles. The former Delaware quarterback won his NFL debut in Week 1 and since has Baltimore sitting at 3-3. With his main weapon Willis McGahee healthy, Flacco and his offense had their best game to date against a rebuilt Dolphins team, combining for more than 350 yards of offense in a 27-13 win in Miami.
ONES TO WATCH
DAN ORLOVSKY, QB - Detroit Lions (265 Passing Yards, 1 Touchdown)
Card to Grab - 2005 Playoff Contenders #127 AU
Its been a rough couple of weeks in Detroit: Matt Millen was shown the door, veteran quarterback - Jon Kitna - was put on IR and star receiver Roy Williams was traded to the Dallas Cowboys. With all that staring them in the face, the Orlovsky-led Lions went out and gave it a shot against the Texans, coming up short in a 28-21 loss. As the former Connecticut Huskie continues to get reps and if super stud Calvin Johnson can stay healthy, collectors will be blowing the dust off Orlovsky’s cardboard as they hit the Hotlist.
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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
Week 6 - Andre Johnson, Maurice Jones-Drew, Matt Ryan, Harry Douglas, Correll Buckhalter