Quarterbacks BRETT FAVRE of the Green Bay Packers, PEYTON MANNING of the Indianapolis Colts and DONOVAN MC NABB of the Philadelphia Eagles are the finalists for FedEx Express NFL Player of the Week honors for games played on November 14-15, while running backs DERRICK BLAYLOCK of the Kansas City Chiefs, DEUCE MC ALLISTER of the New Orleans Saints and FRED TAYLOR of the Jacksonville Jaguars are the finalists for FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week honors, the NFL announced Tuesday.
Fans can vote for one player in each category on NFL.com from Tuesday morning through noon on Thursday to determine the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week. The FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week will be announced Thursday on NFL.com and Friday in USA Today.
Fans will be voting for more than their favorite player. The weekly FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week Awards are a win for the local community. Along with the award, FedEx will donate $5,000 every week to the local children's hospital in each winning market. The children's hospitals in the two season-long winner's markets, announced at this year's Super Bowl, will be awarded $25,000 each. That means that FedEx will deliver nearly $250,000 to local children's hospitals around the country in recognition of the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week Award winners.
A closer look at the FedEx Express NFL Player of the Week finalists:
-Green Bay's Brett Favre completed 20 of 29 passes for 236 yards and four touchdowns, recording a passer rating of 133.0 in the Packers' 34-31 win over the NFC North-rival Minnesota Vikings. Favre threw touchdown passes of two, six, 17 and 50 yards in the Packers' victory, the second time this season he has thrown four touchdowns in a game.
-Indianapolis' Peyton Manning threw for 320 yards and five touchdowns, completing 18 of 27 passes for a 115.7 passer rating in the Colts' 49-14 victory over the AFC South-rival Houston Texans. Manning threw five touchdown passes for the third time this season and has thrown three or more touchdowns six times in nine games.
-Philadelphia's Donovan McNabb completed 17 of 25 passes for 345 yards and four touchdowns in the Eagles' 49-21 victory over the NFC East-rival Dallas Cowboys. McNabb threw touchdown passes of 16, 27, 59 and 59 yards, and set up another touchdown with a spectacular play when he avoided the rush and threw a 60-yard pass.
A closer look at the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week finalists:
-Kansas City's Derrick Blaylock carried 33 times for 186 yards and one touchdown in the Chiefs' 27-20 loss to the New Orleans Saints. Blaylock scored on a three-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 20 in the fourth quarter.
-New Orleans' Deuce McAllister ran for 127 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries in the Saints' 27-20 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. McAllister scored on a 13-yard run and averaged nearly eight yards per carry.
-Jacksonville's Fred Taylor carried 23 times for 144 yards in the Jaguars' 23-17 overtime victory over the Detroit Lions. Taylor's 42-yard first-quarter run helped set up Jacksonville's first touchdown.
FedEx, the premier global provider of transportation, e-commerce and supply-chain management services, is the Official Delivery Service Sponsor of the NFL, Super Bowl and Pro Bowl. Through the weekly FedEx Air and Ground Awards, FedEx recognizes those NFL players who represent the same speed, precision and teamwork that their customers have come to expect from the full range of FedEx air, ground, freight and international shipping services.