AFC East High Energy Player of the Week

November, 16, 2010
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A look at a player who gave his team a significant boost in Week 10.

For the first time all season, Fred Jackson looked like a feature back.

The Buffalo Bills committed to Jackson when they traded starter Marshawn Lynch to the Seattle Seahawks after Week 4, but Jackson's numbers didn't materialize.

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Timothy T. Ludwig/US PresswireFred Jackson scored both of Buffalo's touchdowns in their first win of the year.
Jackson had topped 70 yards twice since the trade, but his per-carry average was substandard. He had no touchdowns through his first three starts. In the game he finally did punch through, he ran eight times for 16 yards.

On Sunday, Jackson busted out.

Jackson propelled the Bills to their first victory of the season by scoring both of their touchdowns in a 14-12 victory over the Detroit Lions in Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Jackson ran 25 times for 133 yards and one touchdown. He had six receptions for 37 yards and a touchdown. He also fumbled twice, losing one. But that didn't matter in the end.

"I wouldn't say I felt like I owed my team, but I felt like I needed to come out and play a little harder," Jackson said. "I felt like I had to go to another level, and I feel like I've got to play like that for the rest of the year."

Jackson became only the sixth Bills running back to gain 150 yards from scrimmage and score a touchdown on the ground and on a pass play.

Jackson also fought through a knee injury that forced him out of the game for a third-quarter series. A pulled hamstring already had sidelined rookie running back C.J. Spiller, leaving the Bills to Quinton Ganther, a recently signed street free agent. Thankfully for the Bills, Jackson returned.

"He is such a warrior," Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said. "His production has not been where he probably wants to be at this year. He had a huge day on the ground, made a nice touchdown run after the catch and he got dinged up in the game, too.

"Everybody loves the guy, and you can't say enough about him."

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