Thanks to your tremendous feedback last week, I've decided to let readers select the AFC East High Energy player for the rest of the season.
I'll continue to present a short list of candidates for you to choose from.
Up until last week, I had given preference to players on winning teams who aren't regular stars. In other words, I was more likely to choose a BenJarvus Green-Ellis than a Tom Brady. In fact, I've refrained from choosing any quarterbacks so far.
As the season has unfolded, however, it has become increasingly difficult to find an overachiever or a slump buster. Bodies of work have emerged.
With that in mind and because I'm letting readers decide, I'm going to list the top candidates regardless of individual context. Your candidates for Week 12:
Brady completed 21 of 27 attempts for 341 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions in a 45-24 victory over the Detroit Lions. He became the first quarterback this year to have a perfect passer rating on more than five attempts.
Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne returned from a season-jeopardizing left knee injury and completed 17 of 30 throws for 307 yards and two touchdowns with one interception to guide the Dolphins to a 33-17 must-win over the Oakland Raiders in the Black Hole.
I'm going a little outside the box on this one, nominating the Dolphins' run defense. The Raiders went into the game ranked second in rushing yards per game and fourth in average per carry. The Dolphins held the Raiders to 12 attempts for 16 yards. Darren McFadden had eight carries for 2 yards.
New York Jets receiver and kick returner Brad Smith gained 200 all-purpose yards and scored two touchdowns in a 26-10 Thanksgiving victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. Smith scored on a 53-yard run and an 89-yard kickoff return on which he lost a cleat before making his best move of the scamper.