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Carson Palmer, Cincinnati: This season was billed as Palmer's coming-out party and he has not disappointed with eight touchdowns and just two interceptions and a QB rating of 114.

Drew Bledsoe, Dallas: Bledsoe carried the team last week in a shootout with the 49ers. He passed for 363 yards and two TDs, and he displayed his ''speed" by running for another score.

Shaun Alexander, Seattle : He's rushed for 144 and 140 yards in his last two games, and last week he scored four touchdowns against Arizona.

LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego: Against the Giants, he rushed for 192 yards, scored three times, and threw a touchdown pass. The Patriots better beware.

Steve Smith, Carolina: Smith has 23 receptions, the team's other receivers have six. He also scored three TDs last week.

Chad Johnson, Cincinnati: He keeps checking off his list of defensive backs who can't cover him. This week: Houston's Phillip Buchanon. Last week, he burned Chicago's secondary for two touchdowns.

Jets quarterbacks: New York lost its top two signal-callers -- Chad Pennington and Jay Fiedler -- with shoulder injuries. Third-string QB Brooks Bollinger makes his first NFL start Sunday against the Ravens. Yikes!

Saints offense: After strong performances in Week 1, Aaron Brooks and Deuce McAllister have faltered. Brooks has thrown five interceptions the last two weeks and McAllister has rushed for only 174 yards this season.

Packers offense: Brett Favre turns 36 Oct. 10, and with him perhaps showing his age (five TDs and seven interceptions) and an ineffective running game led by Ahman Green (170 yards on 47 carries), Green Bay could be in free fall.

LaMont Jordan, Oakland : Jordan had only 19 yards on 16 carries against the Eagles. So the Raiders are not getting a return on their $25 million investment.

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