Quarterbacks Brett Favre, Daunte Culpepper and Jake Delhomme are the finalists for FedEx Express NFL Player of the Week honors for games played on December 20-22, while running backs Jamal Lewis, Onterrio Smith and Fred Taylor are the finalists for FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week honors, the NFL announced today.
Fans can vote for one player in each category on NFL.com from Tuesday morning through noon on Wednesday to determine the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week. The FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week will be announced Wednesday afternoon on NFL.com and Friday in USA Today.
A closer look at the FedEx Express NFL Player of the Week finalists:
- Minnesota's Daunte Culpepper completed 20 of 29 attempts for 260 yards and three touchdowns for a 117.0 passer rating in the Vikings' 45-20 win over Kansas City.
- Carolina's Jake Delhomme completed 29 of 35 attempts for 260 yards and two touchdowns for a passer rating of 104.8 in the Panthers' 20-14 win over Detroit.
- Green Bay's Brett Favre completed 22 of 30 attempts for 399 yards and four touchdowns for a career-high 154.9 passer rating in the Packers' 41-7 win over Oakland.
- Tennessee's Steve McNair completed 17 of 36 attempts for 268 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning score with 17 seconds remaining, in the Titans' 27-24 win over Houston.
A closer look at the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week finalists:
- Baltimore's Jamal Lewis rushed for 205 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries in the Ravens' 35-0 win over Cleveland. Lewis, who also caught three passes for 21 yards, leads the NFL with 1,952 rushing yards. He needs 48 yards to become the fifth player in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards and 154 yards to break Eric Dickerson's NFL record of 2,105 yards rushing in one season.
- Minnesota's Onterrio Smith rushed for 146 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries and caught four passes for 37 yards in the Vikings' 45-20 win over Kansas City. Smith has rushed for 294 yards in the past two games.
- Jacksonville's Fred Taylor rushed for 194 yards and a touchdown on 34 carries in the Jaguars' 20-19 win over New Orleans. Taylor ranks third in the AFC with 1,451 yards rushing.