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Ravens Weekend

December 21, 2007|By GLENN GRAHAM

PLAY OF THE WEEK

Fred Taylor, Jacksonville vs. Oakland -- Taylor tops the list of deserving players who weren't named to the Pro Bowl this week, running for 1,091 yards and averaging 5.1 yards per carry. He has recorded four straight 100-yard performances and scored touchdowns in three of those games.

QUARTERBACK

STARTING NOD -- Drew Brees, New Orleans vs. Philadelphia: Brees has thrown for 10 touchdowns in the past four games and should post solid numbers against the Eagles, who were eliminated from playoff contention last week despite beating Dallas.

OTHER SOLID OPTIONS -- Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle; Kurt Warner, Arizona; Peyton Manning, Indianapolis.

NOT THIS WEEK -- Eli Manning, New York Giants; Jay Cutler, Denver; Philip Rivers, San Diego.

RUNNING BACK

STARTING NOD -- Jamal Lewis, Cleveland at Cincinnati: Lewis ran over the Bills' defense for 163 yards last week and enjoyed his finest game of the season against the Bengals in Week 2, rushing for 216 yards and a touchdown.

OTHER SOLID OPTIONS -- Adrian Peterson, Minnesota; Joseph Addai, Indianapolis; Edgerrin James, Arizona.

NOT THIS WEEK -- DeShaun Foster, Carolina; Shaun Alexander, Seattle; Travis Henry, Denver.

WIDE RECEIVER

STARTING NOD -- Terrell Owens, Dallas at Carolina: Limited to five catches and no touchdowns the past two games, look for Owens (76 catches, 1,307 yards, 14 TDs) to re-emerge with Green Bay lurking right behind the Cowboys for the top seed in the NFC.

OTHER SOLID OPTIONS -- Randy Moss, New England; Brandon Marshall, Denver; Andre Johnson, Houston.

NOT THIS WEEK -- Santana Moss, Washington; Bernard Berrian, Chicago; Laveranues Coles, New York Jets.

TIGHT END

STARTING NOD -- Kellen Winslow, Cleveland at Cincinnati: Healthy and productive (71 catches, 977 yards and five TDs), Winslow could be the first tight end taken in some 2008 drafts.

OTHER SOLID OPTIONS -- Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City; Jason Witten, Dallas; Dallas Clark, Indianapolis.

NOT THIS WEEK -- Greg Olsen, Chicago; Alge Crumpler, Atlanta; Chris Baker, New York Jets.

KICKER

STARTING NOD -- Nate Kaeding, San Diego vs. Denver: The Chargers are hitting on all cylinders, giving Kaeding plenty of chances. In Sunday's 51-14 win over Detroit, he made all three field-goal attempts and six extra points.

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS

STARTING NOD -- Jacksonville vs. Oakland: Despite not forcing any turnovers in Sunday's win at Pittsburgh, the Jaguars got to Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger for five sacks.

Last week's tab

Play of the week -- Drew Brees, New Orleans: 26-for-30, 315 yards, two TDs.

Quarterback -- Brett Favre, Green Bay: 19-for-30, 227 yards, two TDs, two INTs.

Running back -- Joseph Addai, Indianapolis: 15 carries, 44 yards; five catches, 33 yards.

Wide receiver -- Greg Jennings, Green Bay: four catches, 66 yards; one TD.

Tight end -- Antonio Gates, San Diego: one catch, 8 yards.

Kicker -- Matt Stover, Ravens: 3-for-5 FGs; one extra point.

Defense -- Tampa Bay: two INTs (one returned for a TD); two fumbles; one sack.

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