Fred Taylor, Jacksonville Jaguars In his best performance to date, Taylor rushed for a season high 144 yards and had an additional 21 yards on three receptions to help lead the Jacksonville Jaguars to a 23-17 overtime victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday. What makes this feat even more outstanding is the fact that Taylor missed the majority of the third quarter due to leg cramps. There's little doubt that Taylor's efforts on the field helped to take pressure off of David Garrard's first NFL start in nearly two years and only the second of his career.
Jack Youngblood Award --- Top Defensive Performer
Alex Brown, Chicago Bears Brown's final play of the game against the Tennessee Titans sealed his win of this award when added on top of his numbers for the game. Not only did Brown have four tackles, two assists, one sack, and two forced fumbles during the course of the game, he also gave Chicago the win with his sack of Titans quarterback Billy Volek in the end zone. His sack forced the ball loose, which was recovered by Titans tackle Fred Miller who was then tackled by Chicago's Adewale Ogunleye for a safety. This was only the second time in NFL history that a game ended in overtime with a safety.
Mr. Two Bits Award
Kevin Carter, Tennessee Titans Carter's stellar play in the Titans game was overshadowed by Alex Brown's SportsCenter highlight play, but not forgotten. Carter caused havoc among the Chicago offensive line with his seven tackles, four assists, and three sacks, giving him his first three sack performance with the Titans. This was most certainly his breakout game of the season and would have been worthy of the Top Defensive Performer award if not for his counterpart's play.
The Red Zone
Lito Sheppard, Philadelphia Eagles In a weekend that was filled with stellar defensive performances, Lito Sheppard's 101-yard interception of Cowboys' quarterback Vinny Testaverde that was run back for a touchdown unfortunately wasn't enough to earn him a defensive award. It was however, this week's hands down winner of the Red Zone award. His interception return was the longest in franchise history and capped Philadelphia's scoring for the night.
I Wish I Were Back In Hogtown….
Gerard Warren, Cleveland Browns Showing that he has little control over what comes out of his mouth, Warren made threatening comments towards Pittsburgh Steelers rookie phenom quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on Saturday. When asked how the Browns planned to stop Roethlisberger, Warren made the comment "Kill the head and the body's dead." Those are pretty big words coming from a guy who has missed a good portion of the season with a pectoral strain. Warren did speak with Roethlisberger before the game to explain his comments, but let's hope he has learned his lesson from this experience.
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Injury Update: Emmitt Smith, Arizona Cardinals --- Ankle, expected to practice and play this week.