Drew Brees up for FedEx Air honors

Quarterbacks Drew Brees of the San Diego Chargers, Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts and Jake Plummer of the Denver Broncos are the finalists for FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week honors for games played on November 7-8.

A closer look at the FedEx Express NFL Player of the Week finalists:

San Diego's Drew Brees completed 22 of 36 passes for 257 yards, four touchdowns and a passer rating of 119.8 in the Chargers' 43-17 victory over the New Orleans Saints. Brees connected with tight end Antonio Gates for touchdowns of two, seven and 12 yards and finished with four touchdown passes after throwing five last week.

Brees won the award last week and is looking to net a victory in successive weeks. Brees would become the second quarterback this year to win the award twice in a row, following in the footsteps of Daunte Culpepper who won in week five and six.

Indianapolis' Peyton Manning threw for 268 yards and four touchdowns, completing 23 of 29 passes for a 144.2 passer rating in the Colts' 31-28 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. Manning threw touchdown passes of four, five, 10 and 19 yards and led the Colts on a game-winning scoring drive with less than three minutes to play in the game.

Denver's Jake Plummer completed 16 of 24 passes for 234 yards and four touchdowns, finishing with a 137.8 passer rating in the Broncos' 31-13 victory over the Houston Texans. Plummer threw touchdowns of 13, 23, 34 and 40 yards to move Denver to 6-3, tied with the San Diego Chargers atop the AFC West.

The weekly FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week Awards are a win for the local community. Along with the award, FedEx will donate $5,000 every week to the local children's hospital in each winning market. The children's hospitals in the two season-long winner's markets, announced at this year's Super Bowl, will be awarded $25,000 each. That means that FedEx will deliver nearly $250,000 to local children's hospitals around the country in recognition of the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week Award winners.


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