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JAY CUTLER, QB - Denver Broncos (447 Passing Yards, 3 Touchdowns, 107.9 Passer Rating)
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With Denver trailing 23-13 to Cleveland in the fourth quarter, the momentum swung in their favor when Jay Cutler hit rookie Eddie Royal for a 93-yard touchdown. Cutler blew up the Browns for a career-high 447 passing yards and, in Elway-esc fashion, completed all three of his touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, helping Denver to a come-from-behind 34-30 win over the Browns.
THOMAS JONES, RB - New York Jets (149 Rushing Yards, 3 Touchdowns)
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With quarterback Brett Favre capturing all the headlines in the Big Apple, the Jets are sitting at 6-3, tied for first in the AFC East. The former Virginia running back has been a big part of the Jets offense. As he slowly creeps up on 1,000 yards rushing for the season, Jones picked up 149 of those on 26 carries against St. Louis, scoring three touchdowns in the 47-3 route of the Rams.
ROOKIE ROLL CALL
- Denver rookie receiver, Eddie Royal, led all receivers in yards this week. The former Hokie caught six passes for 164 yards - including one in the fourth quarter for a 93 yard touchdown in the Broncos come-from-behind win over the Browns.
- Quarterback Matt Ryan helped Atlanta improve their record to 6-3 after beating up on the Saints. Ryan finished the day with 248 passing yards and two touchdowns (a 134 quarterback rating).
- Solid week running the ball for these rookies: New England Patriots BenJarvus Green-Ellis (105 yards, 1 touchdown), Detroit Lions Kevin Smith (96 yards, 1 touchdown), Chicago Bears Matt Forte (72 yards) and Denver Broncos Ryan Torain (68 yards, 1 touchdown).
- Solid week receiving for these rookies: New York Jets Dustin Keller (6 catches, 107 yards, 1 touchdown), Chicago Bears Matt Forte (7 catches, 54 yards, 1 touchdown), Seattle Seahawks John Carlson (5 catches, 54 yards) and San Francisco 49ers Josh Morgan (4 catches, 54 yards, 1 touchdown).
ONES TO WATCH
BRADY QUINN, QB - Cleveland Browns (239 Passing Yards, 2 Touchdowns, 104.3 Passer Rating)
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We all remember Brady sitting uncomfortably in the green room on draft day waiting for the commissioner to call his name and after 21 picks, he finally heard it. The Cleveland Browns picked the former Notre Dame signal caller to be their future and the Cleveland Dog Pound has patiently been waiting to see their golden boy in action (no thanks to the great play of Derek Anderson). They finally got to see Quinn make his first NFL start Thursday night against the Denver Broncos, and the youngster flashed signs of greatness, controlling the ball with no interceptions, while passing for two touchdowns.
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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
Week 7 - Steven Jackson, LenDale White, Chris Johnson, Joe Flacco, Dan Orlovsky
Week 8 - Brian Westbrook, Ted Ginn, Joe Flacco, Donnie Avery, Tyler Thigpen
Week 9 - Kurt Warner, Adrian Peterson, Joe Flacco, Matt Ryan, Chris Johnson, Byron Leftwich