Week 10 Nominees Announced: FedEx Air & Ground Players of the Week, Pepsi Max Rookie of the Week, & GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Week

The NFL announced today the Week 10 nominees for the FedEx Air & Ground Players of the Week, Pepsi Max Rookie of the Week, & GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Week.

Quarterbacks DREW BREES of the New Orleans Saints, ANDY DALTON of the Cincinnati Bengals, and JOE FLACCO of the Baltimore Ravens are the finalists for the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week honors for games played on November 8-12, while running backs CHRIS JOHNSON of the Tennessee Titans, MARSHAWN LYNCH of the Seattle Seahawks and ADRIAN PETERSON of the Minnesota Vikings are the finalists for the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week.

Punter JOHNNY HEKKER of the St. Louis Rams, cornerback LEONARD JOHNSON of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, quarterback ANDREW LUCK of the Indianapolis Colts, quarterback RUSSELL WILSON of the Seattle Seahawks and wide receiver JARIUS WRIGHT of the Minnesota Vikings are the finalists for PEPSI MAX NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK honors for games played on November 8-12, the NFL announced today.

DANNY AMENDOLA has dramatic return. DALLAS COWBOYS save season. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS deal Falcons first loss. These are the three finalists for the GMC NEVER SAY NEVER MOMENT OF THE WEEK for games played on November 8-12, the NFL announced today.  The GMC NEVER SAY NEVER MOMENT OF THE WEEK is the best moment or play of the week that represents determination and perseverance. 

The NFL announced today that quarterbacks DREW BREES of the New Orleans Saints, ANDY DALTON of the Cincinnati Bengals, and JOE FLACCO of the Baltimore Ravens are the finalists for the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week honors for games played on November 8-12, while running backs CHRIS JOHNSON of the Tennessee Titans, MARSHAWN LYNCH of the Seattle Seahawks and ADRIAN PETERSON of the Minnesota Vikings are the finalists for the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week.

Fans can vote for one player in each category on NFL.com/FedEx from 9 a.m. EST on Tuesday through 3 p.m. EST on Friday to determine the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week. The winners will be announced Friday on NFL Total Access on NFL Network and on NFL.com.

Fans will be voting for more than their favorite player. As part of the Air & Ground program and its commitment to small business owners, FedEx will support education efforts at Junior Achievement by making weekly $2,000 donations in each of the winning players’ names. The funding, allocated to local Junior Achievement area offices in that team’s city or state, is used to help U.S. small business development, by educating the next generation of entrepreneurs on how to start and grow their own businesses.

A closer look at the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week finalists:

  • New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees completed 21 of 32 passes for 298 yards and three touchdowns in the Saints’ 31-27 win over the Atlanta Falcons. 
  • Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton threw four touchdowns going 21 of 30 for 199 yards in the Bengals’ 31-13 victory against the New York Giants. 
  • Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco was 21 of 33 for 341 yards and three touchdowns as the Ravens beat the Oakland Raiders 55-20.

A closer look at the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week finalists:

  • Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson rushed for 126 yards on 23 carries and one score as the Titans beat the Miami Dolphins 37-3.  
  • Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch gained 124 yards on 27 carries and added a score as the Seahawks beat the New York Jets 28-7. 
  • Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson tallied 171 yards on 27 carries and scored one touchdown in the Vikings’ 34-24 win over the Detroit Lions.

As the Official Delivery Service Sponsor of the NFL, Super Bowl and Pro Bowl, FedEx is proud to sponsor the 10th annual Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week program. The awards highlight superior on-field performance among the league’s top-performing quarterbacks and running backs, while supporting small business efforts and providing business solutions that matter to fans and customers alike. Follow FedEx on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter @FedExDelivers.

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Punter JOHNNY HEKKER of the St. Louis Rams, cornerback LEONARD JOHNSON of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, quarterback ANDREW LUCK of the Indianapolis Colts, quarterback RUSSELL WILSON of the Seattle Seahawks and wide receiver JARIUS WRIGHT of the Minnesota Vikings are the finalists for PEPSI MAX NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK honors for games played on November 8-12, the NFL announced today.

Fans can vote for one of these five players on NFL.com/rookies beginning Tuesday at 9 A.M. ET and ending on Friday at 3 P.M. ET to determine the PEPSI MAX NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK.  The PEPSI MAX NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK will be announced Friday on NFL Total Access on NFL Network and on NFL.com.

After the regular season, five players will be nominated for Pepsi MAX NFL Rookie of the Year honors.  Fans can vote for the winner on NFL.com/rookies throughout the month of January.  The Pepsi MAX NFL Rookie of the Year will be announced at the second annual “NFL Honors” awards show in New Orleans on Saturday, February 2, the night before Super Bowl XLVII.

A closer look at the finalists:

  • St. Louis Rams P Johnny Hekker was successful on two fake punts, one of which converted a fourth and eight on a late fourth-quarter drive which put the Rams ahead.   He also had four punts in the game, downing one inside the opponent’s 20 yard line.  The game ended in a tie to the San Francisco 49ers 24-24.  
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Leonard Johnson intercepted a pass for the third consecutive game and returned it 83 yards for a touchdown in the Buccaneers’ 34-24 win vs. the San Diego Chargers.  Johnson added five tackles, including one for loss, and one special teams tackle.
  • Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck completed 18 of 26 for 227 yards and added two touchdowns on the ground in the Colts’ 27-10 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. 
  • Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson completed 12 of 19 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns in the Seahawks’ 28-7 victory over the New York Jets.   
  • Minnesota Vikings WR Jarius Wright caught three passes for 65 yards and scored one touchdown in the Vikings’ 34-24 victory over the Detroit Lions. 

This is Pepsi’s eleventh year as the official soft drink sponsor of the NFL and the eleventh year that Pepsi will present the NFL Rookie of the Week and NFL Rookie of the Year awards.

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DANNY AMENDOLA has dramatic return. DALLAS COWBOYS save season. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS deal Falcons first loss. These are the three finalists for the GMC NEVER SAY NEVER MOMENT OF THE WEEK for games played on November 8-12, the NFL announced today.  The GMC NEVER SAY NEVER MOMENT OF THE WEEK is the best moment or play of the week that represents determination and perseverance. 

Fans may vote for one of these three moments on NFL.com/gmc following Monday Night Football and ending on Friday at 3 PM ET to determine the GMC NEVER SAY NEVER MOMENT OF THE WEEK.  The winner will be announced Friday during NFL Network’s “Around the League” show and then posted on NFL.com.

After the regular season, fans will have a chance to determine the GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Year, from among the 17 weekly winners.  Fans can vote for the winner and enter for a chance to win a trip to Super Bowl XLVII on NFL.com/gmc throughout the month of January. 

A closer look at the nominees:

  • Amendola has dramatic return: WR DANNY AMENDOLA returned to the field and helped the St. Louis Rams nearly shock the San Francisco 49ers in a bizarre game.  Amendola was expected to miss eight weeks with a separated AC joint, instead, he missed three games and was back in action for the Rams’ showdown with the division-leading 49ers. In his return he caught 11 passes for 102 yards against a defensive unit currently ranked No. 2 in the league.
  • Cowboys save season:  The showdown between the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles, each entering Sunday at 3-5 was dubbed an elimination game. However, following a 38-23 win fueled by a two-touchdown performance from QB TONY ROMO and timely turnovers turned into scores by the defense, the Cowboys emerge from Week 10 with hope for the season’s stretch run.  Cowboys are back in the thick of the division race and play five of their next six games at home.
  • Saints deal Falcons first loss:  The New Orleans Saints put a halt to the Atlanta Falcons’ run at perfection with a dramatic goal-line stand late in the fourth quarter that helped clinch a 31-27 win. QB DREW BREES threw three touchdown passes, including two to TE JIMMY GRAHAM, to fuel the Saints’ surprising march back into the NFC’s wild-card race. After an 0-4 start, the Saints have won four of their last five games. 

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