Week 9: Peyton Hillis powers Browns
Running back, Cleveland Browns
The Browns pulled off an eye-popping upset in Week 9, and Hillis paved the way. Hillis ran for a career-high 184 yards and two touchdowns to carry Cleveland to a 34-14 victory over New England. It was Hillis' third 100-yard rushing game of the season.
Quarterback, Minnesota Vikings
Thanks largely to Favre's latest fourth-quarter comeback, Brad Childress' job should be safe -- at least for now. Favre threw for a career-high 446 yards as the Vikings rallied from a 14-point deficit and defeated the Cardinals 27-24 in overtime. Favre threw a 25-yard touchdown to Visanthe Shiancoe with 27 seconds to play in regulation, then hooked up with Bernard Berrian on a 22-yard pass in overtime to move Minnesota into position for Ryan Longwell's game-winning, 35-yard field goal.
Wide receiver, Oakland Raiders
Ford had a breakout performance in the Raiders' 23-20 overtime victory over Kansas City. The rookie from Clemson caught a 29-yard pass from Jason Campbell in the closing seconds of regulation to set up Sebastian Janikowski's game-tying 41-yard field goal. Ford then caught a 47-yard pass in overtime that set up Janikowski's 33-yard game-winner. Ford, who finished with six receptions for 148 yards, also returned a third-quarter kickoff 94 yards for a TD.
Quarterback, San Diego Chargers
Rivers inflicted more damage on the Texans' league-worst pass defense. Rivers threw four TD passes as the Chargers beat Houston 29-23 to earn their first road win of the season. Rivers completed 17 of 23 passes for 295 yards. He used eight different receivers in the absence of tight end Antonio Gates, who was out with a right foot injury.
Running back, Atlanta Falcons
In a battle for NFC South supremacy, Turner gave Atlanta a big early lift. Turner had first-half scoring runs of 2 and 10 yards, giving the Falcons a 14-0 lead they would parlay into a hard-fought, 27-21 victory over Tampa Bay. Turner finished with 107 yards on 24 carries.
Quarterback, N.Y. Giants
So much for the noise at Qwest Field rattling Manning and the Giants. Manning was sharp from the outset in a 41-7 victory over the Seahawks, completing 21 of 32 passes for 290 yards and three TDs with no interceptions. New York produced 487 total yards of offense.
Wide receiver, N.Y. Jets
Holmes' 52-yard catch and run set up Nick Folk's game-winning field goal in the Jets' 23-20 overtime victory at Detroit. Holmes finished with five catches for 114 yards, his highest output as a Jet.
Cornerback, Chicago Bears
Jennings' fourth-quarter interception loomed large in Chicago's 22-19 victory over the Bills. With Buffalo leading 19-14 and driving for a score, Jennings picked off Ryan Fitzpatrick, who attempted to hit Steve Johnson deep up the right sideline. Six plays later, Earl Bennett scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 2-yard touchdown catch on a pass from Jay Cutler with 6:41 left.
Nine net passing yards in the first half. Sixty-eight for the game. It wasn't pretty for Carolina -- again. Neither Matt Moore nor Jimmy Clausen could get the Panthers' offense on track in a 34-3 loss to New Orleans. Moore was 3-of-6 for 13 yards before leaving with an injured throwing shoulder after Sedrick Ellis sacked him in the second quarter. Clausen, who was yanked early in the fourth quarter for rookie Tony Pike, was 8-of-18 for 47 yards and a pick-six.
Wide receiver, Houston Texans
Johnson was held to four catches for 41 yards in Houston's loss to the Chargers. He also made a rare gaffe. With the Texans driving late in the game, Johnson had a pass ricochet off his knee and into the hands of Chargers safety Paul Oliver for an interception that sealed the victory for San Diego.
The Dolphins' defense simply could not get off the field in a 26-10 loss at Baltimore. Miami allowed 402 yards on a whopping 71 plays and did not produce a turnover. The Ravens finished with a 16-minute advantage in time of possession (38:22 to 21:38). "It was a ridiculous performance by our defense," Miami LB Channing Crowder said. "It was too easy for them."
The Cardinals generated three turnovers, but their collapse in Minnesota (see above) earns them a spot here. Arizona blew a 21-10 fourth-quarter lead and allowed 507 total yards to a Vikings team embroiled in turmoil.
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