Week 17: Arian Foster's closing burst

Originally Published: January 2, 2011
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STUDS

Here are the highlights and lowlights from games played Sunday.

Foster
Foster

Arian Foster

Running back, Houston Texans

Foster opened the season with a bang (231 rushing yards versus Indianapolis). He finished it with a flourish. Foster rushed for 180 yards and two touchdowns in Houston's 34-17 victory over Jacksonville. Foster finished the season with 1,616 rushing yards, claiming the league's rushing title.


Mathews
Mathews

Ryan Mathews

Running back, San Diego Chargers

It's been an injury-plagued season for Mathews, but the rookie flashed his potential in the season finale. Mathews rushed for 120 yards and three TDs in the Chargers' 33-28 victory at Denver. It was Mathews' first multi-TD game.


Bush
Bush

Michael Bush

Running back, Oakland Raiders

Filling in for the injured Darren McFadden, Bush gave the Raiders a steady ground attack in Kansas City. Bush rushed for 137 yards and one TD on 25 carries as Oakland dominated from the outset and won 31-10. At 8-8, the Raiders posted their best record since 2002.


Ravens

The Ravens' defense

The Ravens' D continued its opportunistic ways on Sunday. The Ravens forced five turnovers, giving them nine in the last two weeks, in a 13-7 victory over Cincinnati. Ed Reed had two interceptions for the second straight week, and Ray Lewis recovered two fumbles.


Umenyiora
Umenyiora

Osi Umenyiora

Defensive end, N.Y. Giants

The Giants' defense rebounded from a pair of subpar efforts, and Umenyiora did a lot of the damage. Umenyiora had two sacks and two forced fumbles in the Giants' 17-14 victory at Washington.


Freeman
Freeman

Josh Freeman

Quarterback, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Freeman's crisp passing helped the Buccaneers reach the 10-win mark. The second-year QB completed 21 of 26 passes for 255 yards and two TDs in Tampa Bay's 23-13 victory over New Orleans. Freeman, who has not thrown an interception since Week 13, finished the season with a robust quarterback rating of 133.2.


McKnight
McKnight

Joe McKnight

Running back, N.Y. Jets

In his first extended playing time of the season, McKnight helped the Jets roll over Buffalo. McKnight rushed for 158 yards on 32 carries in a 38-7 victory. The rookie's previous career-best rushing mark was 19 yards.




DUDS

Cassel
Cassel

Matt Cassel

Quarterback, Kansas City Chiefs

Cassel is going to the playoffs, but he finished the regular season on a sour note. Cassel completed only 11 of 33 passes for 115 yards and was picked off twice in Kansas City's loss. He was also sacked five times.


Kolb
Kolb

Kevin Kolb

Quarterback, Philadelphia Eagles

If the Eagles were hoping to boost Kolb's trade stock, it didn't happen in Week 17. Kolb, playing in place of Michael Vick, threw three INTs, lost a fumble and was sacked six times in the Eagles' 14-13 loss to Dallas.


McCoy
McCoy

Colt McCoy

Quarterback, Cleveland Browns

McCoy's once-promising rookie season took another negative turn in Week 17. McCoy was picked off three times for the second straight week, as the Browns lost to the Steelers 41-9. McCoy was 20-of-41 for 209 yards and one TD.


Dolphins

The Dolphins' offense

The Dolphins ended a disappointing season with a dismal offensive performance. Miami fell behind early and could not respond in a 38-7 loss at New England. Starting QB Chad Henne completed 6 of 16 passes for 71 yards, and Miami's running game mustered 44 yards on 16 carries.