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BRIAN WESTBROOK, RB - Philadelphia Eagles (110 Rushing Yards, 2 Rushing Touchdowns, 2 Receiving Touchdowns)
Card to Grab - 2002 Playoff Contenders #112 AU/600
The watercooler talk all week in Philadelphia was about Donovan McNabb's future with the team and where the Eagles were headed. Playing in their first Thanksgiving day home game, the Eagles roasted some Cardinal for dinner, feasting on a previously hot Arizona team in a 48-20 blowout. The key to their offense has always been running back Brian Westbrook and their workhorse took the team on his back and hit the end zone four times (two rushing and two receiving). For the Eagles to make a late push, look for Westbrook to run, catch and maybe even throw Philadelphia back into the playoff race.
TONY ROMO, QB - Dallas Cowboys (331 Passing Yards, 3 Touchdowns, 113.7 Passer Rating)
Card to Grab - 2003 Playoff Contenders #156 AU/999
When Tony Romo went down with a broken pinkie finger, the Dallas Cowboys season almost went with it. The discussion about league MVP has to include Romo, since his return (sporting a split to keep is pinkie finger attached to his body), the undrafted quarterback from Easter Illinois has led the Cowboys to three straight wins, helping them climb back into Playoff contention. Romo had some hawk for Thanksgiving dinner, burning the birds for 331 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-9 win over Seattle.
ROOKIE ROLL CALL
- Texans' running back, Steve Slaton, had a huge game on Monday Night Football, rushing for 130 yards and two touchdowns while adding 52 yards receiving as Houston beat Jacksonville, 30-17. Slaton helped seal the deal with a 40-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter.
- While most of us were eating turkey on Thanksgiving, Chris Johnson was feasting on Detroit's defense. The Titans rookie stuffed himself by finishing the day with 125 yards and two touchdowns in the Titans' big 47-10 win over the Lions.
- Broncos' rookie Peyton Hillis is making the most of his new role as starting running back. The seventh-round draft pick out of Arkansas rushed for 129 yards and a touchdown against the Jets, giving him 247 yards and four touchdowns in the last three games.
- Chicago Bears running back, Matt Forte, became the first rookie to eclipse the 1,000 yard mark by running for 96 yards in the Bears loss the Vikings.
ONES TO WATCH
MARK CLAYTON, WR - Baltimore Ravens (5 Catches, 164 Receiving Yards, 32 Passing Yards, 1 Touchdown)
Card to Grab - 2005 Playoff Contenders #154 AU/494
Everybody in the NFL knows the Ravens have one of the best defenses in football, but the offense has struggled to find enough playmakers to get them back to Super Bowl form. Starting a rookie quarterback is often a headache for a wide receiver, but Joe Flacco has settled in nicely and has gotten Baltimore off to a 8-4 start. Flacco has developed some chemistry with the former Sooner and the pair have hooked up for touchdowns in three straight games. The more comfortable Flacco gets with the offense and the better the running game becomes (rookie Ray Rice looks like a stud!!), look for Clayton to become his go-to target.
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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
Week 12 - Matt Cassel/Randy Moss, Michael Turner, Terrell Owens, Matt Forte, Harry Douglas, Darren McFadden, Kevin Kolb