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Week 14: Another gem for Peterson

STUDS

Peterson

Peterson

Adrian Peterson

Running back, Minnesota Vikings

Comeback Player of the Year? MVP? Peterson might deserve both distinctions. With the Vikings' playoff hopes hanging by a thread, Peterson rushed for 154 yards and a pair of touchdowns on a career-high 31 carries to power Minnesota to a 21-14 victory over the Bears. He topped 100 yards before the first quarter was over.


Newton

Newton

Cam Newton

Quarterback, Carolina Panthers

Superman returned for the Panthers in Week 14. Newton, mired in a sophomore slump for much of 2012, came up big against the NFC South-leading Falcons. Newton ran for one score (a spectacular 72-yarder down the left sideline) and threw for two more, leading Carolina to a 30-20 victory. He completed 23 of 35 passes for 287 yards and finished with 116 yards rushing.


Lynch

Lynch

Marshawn Lynch

Running back, Seattle Seahawks

Talk about making your touches count. Lynch had only 11 carries Sunday, but three of those went for scores in the Seahawks' 58-0 drubbing of Arizona. Lynch had TD runs of 20, 4 and 33 yards; he finished with 128 yards and an 11.6-yard average.


Sherman

Sherman

Richard Sherman

Cornerback, Seattle Seahawks

Sherman had two interceptions, including a 19-yard pick-six in the second quarter. He also helped limit Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald to one catch for 2 yards.


Foles

Foles

Nick Foles

Quarterback, Philadelphia Eagles

Have the Eagles found a long-term answer at quarterback? The early returns are encouraging. Foles followed a steady Week 13 performance by throwing for 381 yards and two TDs in Philadelphia's 23-21, comeback victory over Tampa Bay. Both of Foles' TD passes came in the final four minutes. The game winner was a 1-yarder to Jeremy Maclin with no time remaining.


Wilson

Wilson

David Wilson

Running back, N.Y. Giants

Wilson gave the Giants a lift in two phases against New Orleans, setting a team single-game record for all-purpose yards (327) in the process. The rookie returned a kickoff 97 yards for a TD in the first quarter (he had a whopping 227 yards on returns) and rushed for 100 yards with two more scores in the Giants' 52-27 victory.


Morris

Morris

Alfred Morris

Running back, Washington Redskins

The Redskins have won four straight, and Morris' tough running is among the chief reasons. Morris rushed for 122 yards and a score in Washington's 31-28 overtime victory over Baltimore.


Charles

Charles

Jamaal Charles

Running back, Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs are playing out the string, but Charles appears determined to finish the season strong. Charles rushed for 165 yards and a TD on 18 carries (9.2-yard average) in Kansas City's 30-7 loss at Cleveland. It was his third straight 100-yard game.


Britt

Britt

Kenny Britt

Wide receiver, Tennessee Titans

Britt's had a quiet year, but he broke out on Sunday. Britt caught eight passes for 143 yards in the Titans' 27-23 loss at Indianapolis. Britt's previous season high for receiving yards was 67.


DUDS

Roethlisberger

Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger

Quarterback, Pittsburgh Steelers

So much for Roethlisberger's return rejuvenating the Steelers' offense. Big Ben made two costly mistakes in the second half of a 34-24 loss to San Diego. A lateral bounced off tight end David Paulson's back and was recovered by San Diego in the end zone. Then, Roethlisberger was picked off at the Steelers' 17-yard line. The Chargers quickly converted that into a TD, which increased their lead to 34-10. Roethlisberger finished with 285 passing yards and three TDs, but most of that production came in a meaningless fourth quarter.


Skelton

Skelton

John Skelton

Quarterback, Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals went back to Skelton this week, but the move didn't change the Cardinals' fortunes. Skelton threw four interceptions, including a second-quarter pick-six by Richard Sherman, and lost a fumble in Arizona's ninth straight loss. He completed 11 of 22 passes for 74 yards before being replaced by rookie Ryan Lindley.


Falcons

The Falcons' run game

The Falcons barely ran the ball at Carolina. When they did, the results were meager. Atlanta rushed for only 35 yards on 11 carries, with lead back Michael Turner gaining just 14 yards on seven attempts.