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MATT CASSEL, QB/RANDY MOSS, WR - New England Patriots (Cassel - 415 Passing Yards, 3 Touchdowns, 1 Rushing Touchdown & Moss - 125 Receiving Yards, 3 Touchdowns)
Card to Grab - 2005 Playoff Contenders #190 AU
Card to Grab - 1998 Playoff Contenders #92 AU/300
For the second week in a row, quarterback Matt Cassel topped the 400-yard passing mark, this week synching up with Moss eight times for 125 yards - with three of those going for touchdowns. The talented receiver seems to be adjusting to his new QB, putting up numbers that remind us of the greatness that was 2007. The Patriots are pulling it together and these two will be the key to a New England Super Bowl run.
MICHAEL TURNER, RB - Atlanta Falcons (117 Rushing Yards, 4 Touchdowns)
Card to Grab - 2004 Playoff Contenders #160 AU/535
Many thought the Falcons were in a rebuilding year, starting a rookie quarterback and bringing in a back-up running back to carry the load; well, these two have other ideas. Matt Ryan has been the front runner for rookie of the year and Michael Turner proved why he was the most sought-after back-up in the league. Turner topped the 1,000 yard mark for the first time in his career, rushing for an eye-popping four touchdowns - the fourth multi-touchdown game for him this year.
TERRELL OWENS, WR - Dallas Cowboys (7 Catches, 213 Receiving Yards, 1 Touchdown)
Card to Grab - 1996 Donruss #237
"When I get my hands on the ball, things happen."That's what TO has been saying all along and for weeks the talk in the media was speculation that the 35-year-old receiver was done…but he proved Sunday he might just be the key weapon in Tony Romo's arsenal. Sure, Marion the Barbarian is trying to run through and over every defender in the NFL and Jason Witten's ribs are the most famous in Texas, but every offense needs that spark and because TO's cardboard is relatively affordable, it's worth the pennies to stock-up and keep an eye on the 'Boys if they make a run!
ROOKIE ROLL CALL
- Bears' rookie running back, Matt Forte, blew-up the Rams defense with 132 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Forte broke a 47-yarder in the second quarter for his second score of the day, helping Chicago win big, 27-3.
- Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas, score his first (and second) NFL touchdowns Sunday, rushing for one and returning a 61-yard punt for another. The third round pick finished the day with four catches for 92 yards in a big win over the Carolina Panthers.
- Darren McFadden has been slowed by injuries…and a bad team, but Sunday he helped the Raiders beat-up on the rival Broncos by rushing for two touchdowns.
ONES TO WATCH
KEVIN KOLB, QB - Philadelphia Eagles (73 Passing Yards)
Card to Grab - 2007 Playoff Contenders #181 AU
Okay, its not the stats that have us giddy over Kolb's cardboard, it's the potential - get it, that's why he's one to watch. The Eagles basically threw him overboard without a life-preserver against a deadly Ravens defense, but the move could signify change in Philly, something they haven't seen at the quarterback position since McNabb was selected with the second pick in the 1999 NFL Draft. The Eagles thought highly of Kolb, taking the former University of Houston QB in the second round of the 2007 draft. The move raised eyebrows at the time that change was coming. Will 2008 be the end of an era?
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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
Week 10 - Jay Cutler, Thomas Jones, Eddie Royal, Matt Ryan, Matt Forte, Brady Quinn
Week 11 - Matt Cassel, Anquan Boldin/Larry Fitzgerald, Steve Slaton, Jonathan Stewart, Leodis McKelvin, Brock Lesner