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Palmer wins FedEx Air

Carson Palmer won the FedEx Air NFL Player of the week. Other awards this week:

FedEx Ground - LaDainian Tomlinson. LT carried 20 times for 105 yards and three touchdowns beating the Denver Broncos 35-27.

The NFL released their players of the week. No Bengals won this week. T.J. Houshmandzadeh is the only Cincinnati Bengal to win this award (week three, AFC offensive player of the week)

OFFENSE: LaDainian Tomlinson

The Chargers seized the AFC West lead on the road Sunday night with a 35-27 win at Denver, bolstered by Tomlinson’s four touchdowns (three rushing, one receiving), 105 rushing yards on 20 carries, and 75 yards on three receptions. In his 89th career game, Tomlinson scored his 99th, 100th, 101st, and 102nd career touchdowns, reaching 100 TDs in the fewest games played. Tomlinson surpassed the previousbest mark of 93 games, reached by Pro Football Hall of Famer JIM BROWN and EMMITT SMITH. Trailing 24-7 midway through the third quarter, the San Diego rusher scored on a three-yard run and a 51-yard catch and run within 84 seconds to make the score 24-21, Denver. With 3:03 left in the game, a San Diego interception gave the Chargers possession on the Denver 23-yard line with a 28-27 lead. Tomlinson rushed for the team’s next 23 yards – including a one-yard TD run – in a five-play scoring drive for the Chargers’ eight-point margin of victory. Tomlinson has 22 TDs on the season and is only six touchdows away from tying the single-season record of 28, set by Seattle’s SHAUN ALEXANDER last season. In his sixth season from TCU, this is Tomlinson’s eighth Player of the Week Award and his fifth since the start of 2005.- NFL Media
DEFENSE: Jason Taylor
Miami’s Taylor played a significant role in lifting the Dolphins over the Minnesota Vikings for a 24-20 home victory – the team’s third win a row. On the day, Taylor recorded five tackles, 1.0 sack, two forced fumbles, an interception and another pass defensed. With the Dolphins ahead 17-13 and 3:39 left in the game, the Vikings had the ball 1st and 10 on the Dolphins’ 47-yard line. Taylor snuffed out the Vikings’ chances on the next snap with an interception which he returned 51 yards for a 24-13 lead. The score was his second in the past three weeks and ties him with GEORGE MARTIN for the most career touchdowns scored by a defensive lineman since 1970 with seven. In his 10th season from Akron, this is Taylor’s seventh Player of the Week honor and his second in the past three weeks. - NFL Media


In a 24-10 home win against Atlanta, Baltimore’s Sams produced 212 return yards to boost the Ravens to 8-2 for the first time in club history. The New Orleans native returned three punts for 121 yards (40.3 average) and three kickoffs for 91 yards (30.3 average). Sams posted punt returns of 65 and 59 yards while also delivering a 59-yard kick return. Two of Sams’ three 50-plus-yard returns led to eventual Ravens touchdowns. In his third year from McNeese State, this is Sams’ first Player of the Week honor and marks the second consecutive week that Ravens special teams player has earned the award (TREVOR PRYCE). - NFL Media

OFFENSE: Frank Gore

In a showdown between NFC West rivals, Gore rushed 24 times for a franchise-record 212 yards (8.8 average) in the 49ers’ 20-14 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Gore registered his fifth 100-yard rushing game of the season and currently stands second in the NFL with 1,043 yards (Kansas City’s LARRY JOHNSON, 1,045). The second-year running back had four runs of more than 20 yards on the day, including two of at least 50 yards. For the year, Gore leads the NFL with 12 runs of 20 or more yards. In the first quarter, with San Francisco backed up at its own eight-yard line, Gore broke off a game-long 51-yard run that led to a 49ers field goal. During a second-quarter drive, the former Miami standout had rushes of 20 and 23 yards to set up quarterback ALEX SMITH’s one-yard touchdown run to put San Francisco ahead 17-0. In the third quarter, Gore added a 50-yard run that resulted in a field goal attempt. Gore added four catches for 26 yards on the day and ranks third in the NFL this season with 1,330 scrimmage yards. The 49ers have won three in a row and are in second place in the NFC West. In his second season from Miami, this is Gore’s second career Player of the Week Award and his secondthis season (Week 5). - NFL Media

DEFENSE: Mike Rucker

Rucker had four tackles, three quarterback hurries and 2.0 sacks, including a safety in the Panthers’ 15-0 win over the St. Louis Rams. The Carolina defense held the Rams scoreless for the first time since 1998 and allowed only 111 total net yards. The Panthers also tied a team record with seven sacks. Rucker recorded his first sack in the second quarter to help stop a St. Louis drive. On the ensuing Carolina possession, the Panthers scored the game’s lone touchdown to take a 10-0 advantage heading into halftime. That sack marked the 50th of his career as Rucker became the second player in franchise history to reach that plateau. Late in the fourth quarter, with Carolina leading 13-0, Rucker sacked the St. Louis quarterback in the end zone for a safety, the first by a Panther since 2003 and the second of his career. Carolina has won six of its past eight games and is tied for first place in the NFC South. In his eighth year from Nebraska, this is Rucker’s second career Player of the Week Award and the second consecutive week a Panther has been honored (JULIUS PEPPERS). - NFL Media
In Dallas’ 21-14 win over the Indianapolis Colts, McBriar punted three times for a 46.7 yard gross average and placed two punts inside the 20-yard line. The punter from Hawaii posted a net average of 40.0 yards per punt and did not allow any punt return yards by the Colts. Indianapolis’ average drive start after McBriar’s punts was the 14-yard line. In the opening quarter, McBriar’s first punt of the game traveled 36 yards and was downed at the Indianapolis 11-yard line. McBriar’s next punt went 41 yards and gave the Colts starting field position at their own 12. In the third quarter, McBriar had his longest punt of the afternoon with a 63-yard effort. Dallas, who handed Indianapolis its first loss of the season, has won three of its past four and has surged into a tie for first place in the NFC East. In his third season from Hawaii, this is McBriar’s first career Player of the Week Award. - NFL Media

Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of Week 11: Santonio Holmes

Week 1 RB Reggie Bush (Southern California)
Week 2 LB Manny Lawson (North Carolina State)
Week 3 WR Greg Jennings (Western Michigan)
Week 4 RB Laurence Maroney (Minnesota)
Week 5 WR Hank Baskett (New Mexico)
Week 6 WR Santonio Holmes (Ohio St.)
Week 7 LB A.J. Hawk (Ohio State)
Week 8 WR Marques Colston (Hofstra)
Wk 9 WR Marques Colston (Hofstra)
Wk 10 LB A.J. Hawk (Ohio State)
Week 11 WR Santonio Holmes (Ohio St.)

FedEx Award Winners