Christian Ponder, Quarterback, Minnesota Vikings. Even when Donovan McNabb was at his worst and his passes were nearly indistinguishable from celebratory end zone spikes, I gave Leslie Frazier the benefit of the doubt. Word on the street (OK, Twitter) was that Christian Ponder was just nowhere near ready to play in an NFL game. If that's the case, whenever he is ready to play in an NFL game, he's going to be a beast. Ponder makes plays. His numbers on the day weren't good, but there were all kinds of flashes of potential. He's athletic, he's accurate, he's got good instincts, and he moves the chains. The Vikings have no business being in a competitive game against the Packers, but there they were. I'm excited about Christian Ponder.
DeMarco Murray, Running Back, Dallas Cowboys. Twenty-five carries, 253 yards, and hundreds of thousands of fantasy owners who hate Felix Jones for never, ever coming close to this. In terms of yardage, it's the ninth-best game anyone's ever had, just ahead of Spec Sanders' 250-yard game for the Yankees against the Chicago Rockets back in '47. The remaining living members of that '47 Rockets team would be favored over the Rams by 14.
Plaxico Burress, Wide Receiver, New York Jets. The old Plaxico came out to play on Sunday, as he scored three touchdowns and proved to be a tremendous pain to cover in the red zone. He only had four catches on the day, but three of them were in the paint. That's what the Jets are paying him for -- to go up and get the ball in the end zone.
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Dez Bryant, Wide Receiver, Dallas Cowboys. I saw two kinds of really good plays from Bryant on Sunday; one expected, and the other, maybe not so much. The first type: plays that require spectacular talent (and not-so-great coverage), like this one. There were also hustle plays, like when he absorbed the contact and fought for extra yards here, and watch him hustle downfield here in case DeMarco Murray needed an extra block. Good signs for maturation of Dez Bryant.
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