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Sunday’s five most valuable players, Week 5

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Fred Jackson(notes), Running Back, Buffalo Bills. Philadelphia vs. Buffalo might've been the best game on the card Sunday, and it feels like most of the postgame attention is being funneled towards Michael Vick(notes). That'll happen, I suppose, and he'll always be a lightning rod for media attention, but how about a second for the best player in that game? Fred Jackson ground out 111 yards on 26 carries, and added 85 receiving yards, too. Fred Jackson's a beast.

Aaron Rodgers(notes), Quarterback, Green Bay Packers. It wasn't the prettiest win they'll have this year, especially in the first half, but it ended up being pretty damn convincing. Even when they don't bring their best game, they're beating Atlanta by nine on the road, including a 19-0 second-half shutout. It really feels like it's going to take an extraordinary effort to beat the Pack right now.

Max Starks(notes), Offensive Tackle, Pittsburgh Steelers. I don't believe that Max Starks walked in off the street and immediately solved all of Pittsburgh's offensive line problems in one week, but it did kind of look like that. Starks, who just signed with the Steelers on Wednesday, was immediately inserted into the starting lineup, and the whole unit improved. Ben Roethlisberger(notes) was only sacked once against a Titans defense that's in the top half of the league in sacking the passer.

Matt Cassel(notes), Quarterback, Kansas City Chiefs. At the end of the first half, I was pretty confident that it would be Curtis Painter(notes) here in the role of Guy Who Was Really Unlikely To Be An MVP This Week, but Matt Cassel would not be denied. The Chiefs got 21 unanswered points to close the game, and every touchdown they had Sunday came through the air. Credit Dwayne Bowe(notes) and Steve Breaston(notes), too, as they made plays all over a Colts secondary that reminds no one, in any way, of the '85 Bears. Somehow, the Chiefs are just a game under .500.

Adrian Peterson, Running Back, Minnesota Vikings. Remember when Kevin Garnett was likeable and playing in Minnesota, and he was really good, but everyone wanted him to leave, because his talents were always going to be wasted there? That's kind of how I feel about Adrian Peterson right now. They did mudstomp Arizona, getting that elusive first win on the board, despite Donovan McNabb(notes) going 10 of 21 on the day.

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