Ben Roethlisberger(notes), Quarterback, Pittsburgh Steelers. I don't know if the Steelers are going to make the playoffs, but I know this: There aren't many playoff teams in the AFC who want to run into a team that can throw for 503 yards against one of the league's better pass defenses. The game-winning throw from Roethlisberger was great play design (the Packers dropped eight into coverage, and Mike Wallace(notes) still had one-on-one on the left sideline) and an amazing throw from Roethlisberger.
Jerome Harrison(notes), Running Back, Cleveland Browns. Two Cleveland guys, Harrison and Josh Cribbs, deserve spots here, but the brilliance of Cribbs is halfway expected by now. Anyone have Jerome Harrison pegged for the third-best rushing day of all-time today? No, I didn't think so. The NFL's Week 15 is Week 1 in a lot fantasy leagues out there, and there are thousands of people still walking around confused right now about how their hopes and dreams were crushed by Jerome freakin' Harrison. I suspect you will run into one of these people today.
Matt Moore(notes), Quarterback, Carolina Panthers. I wanted to give a spot to one of the three members of the vaunted "triplets" in Carolina: Moore, Jonathan Stewart(notes) or Steve Smith. Smith and Stewart are probably most deserving, but let's be honest ... Matt Moore isn't going too have a whole lot of shots at this, so let's humor him. Stewart and the banged-up Carolina offensive shockingly line rolled through the Vikings, and Stewart went over 100 yards. Smith made brilliant plays, even when they didn't count. And Moore, though nothing he did will make any "play of the year" highlight reels, threw three touchdown passes and no interceptions. In order to make himself more beloved in the Charlotte area, Moore should petition the league to take his last name off the back his jersey and replace it with, "NOT JAKE DELHOMME(notes)".
Vince Young(notes), Quarterback, Tennessee Titans. Some guys had bigger numbers than Vince Young yesterday, but I'm giving him the spot based on the picture-perfect nature of a couple of his touchdown throws and the fact that his one interception was a pinball-job that wasn't his fault. Seriously. Check out this throw. And this one. Those are small windows, and both times, the ball lands in there as soft as a dryer sheet.
Chad Ochocinco(notes), Wide Receiver, Cincinnati Bengals. Chad had a good game, not a great one, but this is more of a personal note. I wanted to thank Chad for not being afraid to show his emotions today in regards to fallen teammate Chris Henry. Maybe it's just me, but I felt like we really heard very little about Henry this weekend, considering that he was a 26-year-old current player in the league who died mid-week. Again, maybe I just didn't watch the right things, but yesterday's slate of games felt very, very close to "business as usual" in the league. I don't know what I was expecting, but if it wasn't for Chad and his heartfelt display, the memory of Chris Henry would've seemed like it was pretty far from most peoples' minds yesterday.
- Jerome Harrison