Week 13: Running theme emerges
Here are the highlights and lowlights from games played Sunday.
Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw helped the Giants make quick work of Washington. Jacobs set the tone with a 39-yard burst on New York's second play from scrimmage. He soon followed with an 8-yard TD, putting the Giants on track for a 31-7 victory. Jacobs, who added a 28-yard TD in the third quarter, finished with 103 yards. Bradshaw rushed for 97 yards and a pair of first-half scores.
Buoyed by Maurice Jones-Drew's career-best 186 rushing yards, Jacksonville defeated the punchless Titans (see below) 17-6. Rashad Jennings and David Garrard each ran for a touchdown as Jacksonville totaled 258 yards on the ground.
Running back, Minnesota Vikings
Peterson gave the Vikings a big boost in the absence of QB Brett Favre, who was knocked out of the game on his first pass. Peterson rushed for three touchdowns on a sprained ankle, helping the Vikings roll over the Bills 38-14. Peterson finished with 107 yards on 16 carries.
Running back, Seattle Seahawks
Lynch had his best game since joining the Seahawks in October. Lynch rushed for 83 yards and three TDs in Seattle's 31-14 victory over the Panthers. Lynch had a pair of 1-yard scores in the third quarter and a 22-yarder in the fourth quarter.
Linebacker, Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys intercepted Colts QB Peyton Manning four times (see below) in a 38-35 overtime win. Lee had two of them. The rookie linebacker returned his first interception 31 yards for a TD in the third quarter. Lee's second pick, which came in OT, ultimately led to Dallas' game-winning field goal.
Quarterback, Green Bay Packers
After a slow start, Rodgers found his rhythm midway through the second quarter. Then he torched the 49ers. Rodgers was 21-of-30 for 298 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in the Packers' 34-16 victory. Rodgers' highlight-reel 61-yard scoring strike to Donald Driver in the third quarter broke the game open. Rodgers hasn't thrown an interception since Week 7.
Wide receiver, Green Bay Packers
Jennings also played a vital role in Green Bay's victory, catching six passes for 122 yards and a pair of TDs. Jennings' 57-yard TD catch gave the Packers a 7-6 lead in the second quarter. He extended Green Bay's lead to 28-16 with a 1-yard scoring grab in the third quarter.
Running back, Denver Broncos
Moreno rushed for a career-high 161 yards on 23 carries (7.0-yard average) in the Broncos' 10-6 loss at Kansas City. Moreno's previous best was a 106-yard effort in Week 10, also against the Chiefs.
Wide receiver, Kansas City Chiefs
Bowe is having a career year (he entered Week 13 with 32 catches and seven touchdowns in the past three games), but he was a nonfactor on Sunday. Bowe, blanketed by Broncos CB Champ Bailey for most of the game, was targeted only three times and held without a catch for the first time in his career.
Quarterback, Indianapolis Colts
What's going on with the suddenly mistake-prone Manning? The Colts' QB threw for 365 yards against Dallas, but he also threw four interceptions for the second straight week. Two of those picks were returned for scores.
Quarterback, Miami Dolphins
After taking a big step forward in Week 12, Henne regressed on Sunday. Henne was intercepted three times in Miami's 13-10 loss to the Browns. His last pick, which was batted by former Dolphins defensive lineman David Bowens and snared by Cleveland safety Mike Adams, set up Phil Dawson's game-winning field goal. Henne's 37.8 passer rating was the lowest of his career.
Quarterback, Arizona Cardinals
It's unlikely Anderson was smiling at any point during this one. Anderson completed only seven of 20 passes for 93 yards and an interception before being benched for Max Hall in the Cardinals' 19-6 loss to St. Louis.
Make that 13 quarters without a touchdown for the Titans' anemic offense. Kerry Collins completed only 14 of 32 passes and was picked off twice, but Tennessee's woes weren't all his fault. Big drops by Bo Scaife (twice), Randy Moss and Nate Washington also doomed the Titans.
Donovan McNabb was responsible for three (two INTs, one lost fumble) of the Redskins' eye-popping six turnovers in the Meadowlands. Washington lost three other fumbles; the Skins were also hindered by their receivers' shaky hands. Chris Cooley and Mike Sellers dropped perfect passes in the first half.
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