A look at a player who gave his team a significant boost in Week 9.
DeSean Jackson's return to the lineup provided a spark to the Philadelphia offense.
When a team begins a drive at its 1-yard line in the first quarter, there's a tendency to be pretty conservative. But when you have Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson in your lineup, it can be tempting to throw caution to the wind. The Eagles faced third-and-7 from their 4 when Vick hit Jackson in stride for a 58-yard completion past midfield.
Jackson pulled off one of his patented double moves to freeze Colts cornerback Deshea Townsend for a moment. Then he raced past safety Aaron Francisco to make the catch. No matter how much you watch Jackson on film, there's no way to simulate his speed on the field. Jackson may be the most dangerous offensive weapon in the league right now, and his return to the lineup following a concussion gave the Eagles a huge spark in this game.
Jackson finished with seven catches for 109 yards and a touchdown. The Eagles are a completely different team when he's on the field because defenders must account for him on every play. The Colts tried to shade a safety to Jackson's side, but he still exploited them with his ridiculous speed and quickness.
Jackson was an easy choice for our prestigious High Energy Player of the Week award, otherwise known as the most coveted honor in professional sports.