NFL Nation: 2010 Week 13 High Energy AFC

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A look at a player who gave his team a significant boost in Week 13.

Coming out of training camp, Vince Manuwai’s stock was way down. He was a backup, with Justin Smiley starting at left guard for Jacksonville.

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AP Photo/Paul SpinelliVince Manuwai's performance Sunday helped Maurice Jones-Drew run for 186 yards on 31 carries.
But Manuwai returned to the lineup Oct. 18 and has been a key element in the return to prominence of Jacksonville’s running attack. The Jaguars pride themselves on being physical, and when they are the more physical team, they are often the better team.

On Sunday in Nashville, Manuwai helped spearhead a 53-carry, 258-yard rushing game in a 17-6 win over the Titans that got the Jaguars to 7-5 and into first place in the AFC South.

Maurice Jones-Drew, who ran for 186 of those yards, was quick to share the acclaim with his line, tight ends and fullback.

“Without Vinny in the lineup, some of the stuff we are doing now wouldn’t be possible,” Jones-Drew said. “He doesn’t just move a guy 1 or 2 yards off the line. He moves him 4 or 5 yards, which makes it easier for me as a running back. You know you can get 4 or 5 yards when you are going to his side. He’s very physical and he always says, ‘Some people like to do other things, I like to block.’ Glad to have him on my side.”

Any lineman in the league would take satisfaction in hearing his running back talk about him like that.

AFC East High Energy Player of the Week

December, 7, 2010
NFC High Energy: East | West | North | South AFC: East | West | North | South

A look at a player who gave his team a significant boost in Week 13.

After two weeks of authoritative reader responses for the AFC East High Energy performer, we had a determination go down to the wire.

An hour ago, I had to end voting and zip to the airport.

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Elsa/Getty ImagesDanny Woodhead caught four passes for 104 yards in Monday's win over the Jets.
The last reader to cast his ballot before the cutoff was dylan8791, who voted for New England Patriots running back Danny Woodhead. Five minutes earlier, SportsFan1236 also voted for Woodhead.

That gave Woodhead a two-vote victory over Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for the Week 13 honor.

Woodhead caught four passes for a game-high 104 yards on Monday night. While he didn't get into the end zone, his performance in a 45-3 victory over the New York Jets was extra sweet. The Jets released Woodhead in September.

"Danny is a heck of a player," Patriots receiver Wes Welker said. "He's done such a great job for us. We got him off the streets, and he's come in here and been such a great addition for us, makes some big plays for us and continues to do it week in and week out."

Woodhead was diplomatic about beating his old team.

"I am a New England Patriot," Woodhead said. "Was I over there at one time? Yeah, but that isn't something that I dwell on or ever want to dwell on because that's not who I am now. I am a New England Patriot, and that's the most important thing. I'm going to do my best for this team."
A look at a player who gave his team a significant boost in Week 13.

If the San Diego Chargers had any illusion of getting back into Sunday’s eventual 28-13 loss to the visiting Oakland Raiders, Michael Bush gave them a reality check.

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AP Photo/Lenny IgnelziRunning back Michael Bush and the Raiders overpowered the Chargers on Sunday.
The Raiders’ underrated backup running back imposed his will on the San Diego defense on a 7-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, giving the Raiders a 21-3 lead going into halftime. Bush rumbled into the end zone, breaking several tackles.

The Raiders outmuscled the Chargers all game and this play was a pure example of it. Bush and the Raiders had their way with San Diego on the ground all day. Oakland had 251 yards on 52 carries. Bush and starter Darren McFadden wore down the Chargers. McFadden had 97 yards on 19 carries and Bush bulldozed his way to 95 yards on 23 carries.

It was Bush’s touchdown that showed San Diego that it wouldn’t be able to stop Oakland on the ground for the rest of the day. It was a high-energy display of a player refusing to be stopped.
NFC High Energy: East | West | North | South AFC: East | West | North | South

A look at a player who gave his team a significant boost in Week 13.

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Larry French/Getty ImagesTerrell Suggs harrassed Ben Roethlisberger all night, notching 1.5 sacks and five QB hits.
Baltimore Ravens linebacker/defensive end hybrid Terrell Suggs was the AFC Defensive Player of the Month for November. But Suggs had perhaps his most dominant performance of the season in the first game of December against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In a huge rivalry game, Suggs recorded five tackles, 1.5 sacks and five quarterback hits on Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers won 13-10, but Suggs' effort kept the Steelers' offense at bay most of the game until Pittsburgh scored 10 unanswered points in the fourth quarter.

Suggs had a down season in 2009 by his standards and recorded a career-low 4.5 sacks. He promised in the offseason he would never struggle like that again and has already doubled last year's sack total with nine in 12 games.

Roethlisberger and Suggs got to know each other very well Sunday night. But perhaps the best part of Suggs' performance against Pittsburgh is that he did a lot of hard hitting and didn't get fined in what was a physical and brutal game.



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