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Aaron Rodgers(notes) and Kurt Warner(notes), Quarterbacks, Green Bay Packers and Arizona Cardinals. I don't necessarily want to commend these gentlemen for what they did for their teams, enormous as those contributions may have been. I'd like to commend them for what they did for us.

Before they showed up, we he had a weekend full of butt-ugly football. I'm talking McQuistan brother-ugly. But these two stepped in and saved it with a game that all but erases the memory of the other three games this weekend.

While we're here, I want to pass along a quote from Cardinals defensive back Antrel Rolle(notes) about Aaron Rodgers, from Michael Silver's column this morning. Antrel, how good is Rodgers?

“Let me tell you something, that dude is scary. We have a great defense, and we were up on him and ready to pounce, and he found ways to tear us apart.

“I don’t ever want to face him again in my life. I am dead serious. I’ll face Drew Brees(notes) any day of the week before I face him again.”

You don't hear unabashed praise like that too often in the NFL. I'm sure there's not much that can console Aaron Rodgers this morning, but sometime in the coming days or weeks, I hope he can appreciate that quote.

Oh, and one more thing: The throw (and catch) at the 1:08 mark here. Off-balance, running for his life, no legs, all arm ... and it's just perfectly-placed. Amazing talent.

Darrelle Revis(notes), Cornerback, New York Jets. Doug Farrar made the case for Revis as league MVP on Friday, and if that didn't convince me, then another lockdown of Chad Ochocinco(notes) on Saturday might have done the trick. What can you say? The guy just puts the lojack on someone else, every single week.

All those crazy blitzes Rex Ryan loves to dial up? They work, largely in part because he knows that Revis is out there shutting down half the field. If someone offered a Revis Cam -- a camera totally dedicated to what Revis is doing to his man on every play -- either online or perhaps to air later on the NFL Network, that's something I'd pay to watch.

Everyone, Starting Offensive Line, Baltimore Ravens. Again, Doug touched on this earlier, but the big fellas up front for the Ravens did quite the job on Sunday. There's always something satisfying about watching one of those games where a team's going to run the ball, the defense knows they're going to run the ball, and they just go ahead and jam the football down their gullets anyway.

Joe Flacco(notes) might as well have been walking up to the line of scrimmage, and saying, "HEY! WILFORK! MAYO! WE'RE GOING TO RUN THE BALL, OFF TACKLE LEFT. RIGHT NOW. HERE IT COMES, LADIES. ON ONE. HUT!" And the Patriots still wouldn't have been able to do anything about it.

Everyone, Starting Defensive Line, Dallas Cowboys. When you can get pressure on a quarterback when you're only sending three or four guys at him, you're probably going to win. Wade Phillips called a great defensive game for the Cowboys, and Jay Ratliff(notes), Anthony Spencer(notes) and DeMarcus Ware(notes) terrorized Donovan McNabb(notes) from all angles. You combine that with the great play they're getting in the secondary from Terrence Newman and Mike Jenkins(notes), and the Cowboys are looking quite formidable.

Jermichael Finley(notes), Tight End, Green Bay Packers. Jermichael Finley picked a pretty good time to get to Green Bay. As Aaron Rodgers continues to become a star, so will Finley. The sizable and speedy tight end offers one of those combinations that are almost impossible to cover, and as we're seeing, Rodgers will find a way to feed him the ball, all day long.  Check out the :49 mark here.

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