RB Game Ball - Peyton Hillis, Cleveland - 26 carries, 131 yards, 3 TD, 6 catches, 63 yards
It's not that tough to figure out where the Browns may be without their stud running back. Winless would be a pretty good bet. Right not Hillis is everything for Cleveland. The team has had a merry-go-round at the QB position and Jake Delhomme did not look very good against his former team on Sunday with no TDs and two interceptions. Hillis led the team in receiving yards against the Panthers and leads the team in receptions for the year. And if the Browns score, it's usually Hillis doing the dance. He has accounted for 13 of the teams 21 TDs this season. Just imagine how good he might be if someone actually helped him out.
RB Honorable Mention - Arian Foster, Houston - 30 carries, 143 yards, 9 catches, 75 yards (getting close to Faulk/Tomlinson/Peterson fantasy numbers.)
QB Game Ball - Sam Bradford, St. Louis - 22/37, 308 yards, 3 TD
Before the season started, the NFC West looked pretty weak. And, well, it is. Most would have thought the 49ers would walk to an easy title. But that has not happened. It's actually the Rams with their rookie QB who are sitting in the driving seat for the playoffs. Bradford has a career-day against the Broncos on Sunday notching his first 300+ yard game and his first 3 TD performance. In his last six games he has 11 TDs and just one interception. And he has his team looked toward the post-season.
QB Honorable Mention - Jay Cutler, Chicago - 14/21, 247 yards, 4 TD (amazing what a running game can do to help the offense - Forte 117 rushing yards.)
WR Game Ball - Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City - 13 catches, 170 yards, 3 TD
If the Rams are the surprise in the NFC, the Chiefs hold that title in the AFC. KC has a solid offense with Matt Cassel putting up big numbers every week. They have a two-headed running back in veteran Thomas Jones and youngster Jamal Charles. And they have a stud receiver in Bowe. He has scored in seven straight games with a total of 13 in that span. Throw that in with 465 receiving yards in the last three games and you have one hot receiver.
WR Honorable Mention - Greg Jennings, Green Bay - 5 catches, 119 yards (may be the only guy hotter than Bowe in the last month and a half.)
GAME-USED SOCK AWARD
Peyton Manning, QB, Indianapolis - 31/48, 285, 2 TD, Int
Last week Peyton got the honorable mention in this column - this week the socks are all his. The 'stud' QB has thrown seven picks in his last two games and now has 11 on the season. Sure, he also has six TDs in the last two games and some nice yardage, but most of that has been in come-from-behind mode and the Colts ended up losing both of those games. Yeah, injuries have been a problem for Indy on both sides of the ball. But in the end the team l rests on Peyton's shoulders. And for now they have to live with his stinking socks.
Stinky Sock Honorable Mention - Cortland Finnegan, CB, Tennessee - 4 tackles, 1 sack, 1 ejection (no class.)
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