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MATT SCHAUB, QB - Houston Texans (414 Passing Yards, 2 Touchdowns, 104.7 Passer Rating)
Card to Grab - 2004 Playoff Contenders #155 AU/367
After missing four straight games, Schaub returned to the line-up and led Houston into Lambeau Field where he blew-up the Packers by passing for more than 400 yards. Schaub hit eight different receivers and put Kris Brown in position to kick the winning field goal by marching the team 75 yards in the closing seconds - where Brown hit a 40-yarder to lift the Texans to a 24-21 victory. With weapons like one of the leagues top receivers in Andre Johnson, one of the top rookie running backs in Steve Slaton and a hidden gem in Kevin Walter (see below), Schaub should be leading Houston to more victories like this in the years to come.
DeANGELO WILLIAMS, RB - Carolina Panthers (186, 2 rushing touchdowns)
Card to Grab - 2006 Playoff Contenders #118 AU
For the first time in NFL history, two running backs from the same team rushed for more than 100 yards, scored two touchdowns (each) and averaged more than 7.0 yards per carry. The Panthers accomplished the feat on Monday Night Football when they rolled over the Bucs defense on the way to a 38-23 victory, giving them a one game lead over Tampa Bay in the NFC South. Williams is having a spectacular year, his 186 rushing yards Monday pulled him into fifth place on the NFL rushing list - helping the former University of Memphis Tiger eclipse the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his NFL career.
ROOKIE ROLL CALL
- The Falcons may have come up short against the Saints, but rookie QB Matt Ryan stood tall and had the biggest game in his young NFL career to date, possibly locking up the Rookie of the Year award. Ryan passed for more than 300 yards and a touchdown while adding his first rushing touchdown and his first two-point conversion in the 29-25 loss.
- On Monday Night Football, Panthers running backs Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams combined for more than 300 yards rushing and four touchdowns in a big win over the Bucs. Stewart finished the night with 115 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
- Tennessee Titans' running back Chris Johnson (136 rushing yards, 1 touchdown) and Houston Texans' running back Steve Slaton (120 rushing yards) joined Bears' rookie Matt Forte in the 1,000-yard rushing club.
ONES TO WATCH
KEVIN WALTER, WR - Houston Texans (146 Receiving Yards, 1 Touchdown)
Card to Grab - 2003 Playoff Honors #140
While most of the attention in Houston has been given to Pro Bowler Andre Johnson, collectors might want to take note of the receiver on the other side of the ball - Kevin Walter. The former Eastern Michigan product, a seventh-round pick in the 2003 NFL Draft, is having a career year in 2008. Walter already has set career-highs in yards (851) and touchdowns (8), with receptions soon to follow. Why should collectors be paying attention to his cardboard? Playoff Honors has produced some gems over the years (see Ryan Grant) and with this being one of his ONLY rookie cards, rarity and potential often lead to up arrows.
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Week 1 - Donovan McNabb, Michael Turner, Matt Forte, Eddie Royal, Matt Cassel
Week 2 - Kurt Warner, Brandon Marshall, Darren McFadden, Jonathan Stewart, Tim Hightower
Week 3 - Ronnie Brown, Drew Brees, Steve Slaton, Matt Forte, Veteran QBs (Gus Frerotte, Kerry Collins, Brian Griese)
Week 4 - Brett Favre, Larry Johnson, Eddie Royal, Donnie Avery, Robert Meachem
Week 5 - DeAngelo Williams, Clinton Portis, Steve Slaton, Matt Ryan, Kyle Orton
Week 6 - Andre Johnson, Maurice Jones-Drew, Matt Ryan, Harry Douglas, Correll Buckhalter
Week 7 - Steven Jackson, LenDale White, Chris Johnson, Joe Flacco, Dan Orlovsky
Week 8 - Brian Westbrook, Ted Ginn, Joe Flacco, Donnie Avery, Tyler Thigpen
Week 9 - Kurt Warner, Adrian Peterson, Joe Flacco, Matt Ryan, Chris Johnson, Byron Leftwich
Week 10 - Jay Cutler, Thomas Jones, Eddie Royal, Matt Ryan, Matt Forte, Brady Quinn
Week 11 - Matt Cassel, Anquan Boldin/Larry Fitzgerald, Steve Slaton, Jonathan Stewart, Leodis McKelvin, Brock Lesner
Week 12 - Matt Cassel/Randy Moss, Michael Turner, Terrell Owens, Matt Forte, Harry Douglas, Darren McFadden, Kevin Kolb
Week 13 - Brian Westbrook, Tony Romo, Steve Slaton, Chris Johnson, Peyton Hillis, Matt Forte, Mark Clayton