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RB Game Ball - Peyton Hillis, Cleveland - 29 carries, 184 yards, 2 TD, 3 catches, 36 yards
Are the Cleveland Browns for real? Before the bye week they take down the Saints and then pummel the Patriots at home on Sunday. While they have a good defense they have a big question at QB as they are now starting a rookie - their third QB to start a game this year. But where they don't have a question is at running back. Hillis has easily been the best surprise amongst running backs this season. He went from barely having the starting job at the beginning of the year to very nearly becoming a fantasy stud. Most of the time teams can win with a good defense and great running game and that's exactly what the Browns have now.
RB Honorable Mention - Arian Foster, Houston - 27 carries, 127 yards, 2 TD, 4 catches, 70 yards (ran all over a tough Chargers D.)
QB Game Ball - Brett Favre, Minnesota - 36/47, 446 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
It's hard not to give a guy a Game Ball who throws for 110 yards more than anyone else on Sunday. But those numbers are inflated thanks to a game-winning overtime drive. Of course, going into the game most people would not have predicted such a close score. The Cardinals had not kept an opponent to under 20 points since week one and the Vikings D should not have struggled against the Derek Anderson offense. Regardless, Favre put a nice feather in his helmet and proved he can still lead a team to victory.
QB Honorable Mention - Michael Vick, Philadelphia - 17/29, 218 yards, 1 TD, 10 carries, 74 tards, 1 TD (can't deny his talent.)
WR Game Ball - James Jones, Green Bay - 8 catches, 123 yards, 1 TD
No one should ever lose their job due to injury, but there is nothing wrong with someone else taking advantage of the opportunity. Jones started for the injured veteran Donald Driver on Sunday and made the most of it. It was his second 100+ yard performance in three weeks and there may be more to come. The Packers are taking charge in the NFC north and Jones may finally break-out.
WR Honorable Mention - Jacoby Ford, Oakland - 6 catches, 148 yards (soon-to-be the week's most added player.)
The Game Used Sock Award - Jerry Jones, Owner/GM, Dallas - 1-7 record
It is actually very rare that people in the front-office, or even owners, ever get a lot of credit when their team wins. The glory always seems to go the quarterback or running back or even the head coach. Of course, when teams fail things don't change much. Quarterbacks get benched. Running Backs get traded. And coaches get fired. But owners and GM's, they just keep pushing the buttons. And that is what is happening in Dallas. It is well known that owner/GM Jerry Jones controls almost everything that goes on with the Cowboys. He tinkers with play calling. He questions players abilities. He suggests who should carry the ball and who shouldn't. Well, the 'Boys suck this year so what does he do? Fire the coach. Hey Jerry, you're the one that hired Jon Kitna as a back-up QB. You're the one that keeps telling people Marion Barber is injury proned. You're the one making the calls. Maybe it's time you looked in the mirror. Or at least go home home in the same nasty socks you wore in the executive booth on Sunday night.
Stinky Sock Honorable Mention - Mike Brown, Owner, Cincinnati - The Bengals are losing 10-0 to the Steelers at the time of this posting. Not only aren't you nearly as good of an owner as Jerry Jones in Dallas, you'll never have a franchise as respected as the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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