Cowboys quarterback Quincy Carter had his best game of his rookie season with 194 passing yards, a touchdown, and no interceptions in a 20-13 victory over the Giants. The coaching staff is opening up the offense and allowing Carter to throw more passes (26) compared to his previous three starts (38 total).
Carter has won his past two starts since coming back from a torn hamstring and is showing some promise for Dallas owner Jerry Jones, who considers Carter his quarterback of the future.
"I think Quincy had an excellent ballgame today," Cowboys head coach Dave Campo said. "He's showing the skills that we saw when we scouted him. His energy affects everyone, both the offense and the defense. He's an excitable player and I thought he did another great job of playing within himself."
Carter also showed his mobility by rushing 11 yards on a quarterback draw on a fake pitch for a crucial first down deep in Giants territory. Carter then hit tight end Jackie Harris for a three-yard touchdown to put the Cowboys ahead for good.
"We needed a big win like this," said Carter. "The Giants have a great defense and they played well today. We knew we needed to play a great game to win it and that's what we did. We found a way to pull it out and it's exciting to beat a good team like them."
- Steelers linebacker Kendrell Bell was named the NFL's Rookie of the Month for November, the second straight month he's won the award. Bell has 54 tackles and 7 sacks in 12 starts this year.
- Steelers flanker Hines Ward is six receptions away from breaking the team record (85) for most receptions in a season. ward has 79 receptions for 855 yards and three touchdowns in 12 games. His previous career-high was 61 catches in 1999. Ward caught 10 passes for 124 yards in last week's victory over the Jets. He played most of the game with a thigh contusion and sprained ankle. "Ward was probably the MVP of the game for them. He decided the game." noted Jets LB John Abraham.
- 49ers running back Garrison Hearst is 61 yards away from a 1000-yard season. He has gained 939 yards on 183 carries, an impressive 5.1 yards per carry.
- Broncos running back Terrell Davis has 206 total rushing yards in two games back from another knee surgery. He had a 57-yard run against the Seahawks, his longest since 1998.