It was an unconventional week for NFL Player of the Week candidates. In Cincinnati, Miami place kicker Dan Carpenter successfully converted on 5 field goal attempts and added an extra point in a 22-14 Dolphins win over the Bengals. Rookie defensive end Ndamukong Suh supported Matt Stafford’s four touchdown passes with 4 tackles, two sacks and a fumble returned for a touchdown to help the Lions rally against the Redskins. However, this week’s honors go to Jacksonville quarterback David Garrard, who had a near perfect passing day to lift the Jags over the Dallas Cowboys in Texas.
Garrard was an endzone magnet on Sunday, finding paydirt 5 times on the day. After the Cowboys took an early lead on their first possession with a David Buehler field goal, Garrard marched the Jags down the field and responded with a 10-yard strike to receiver Mike Sims-Walker. He also found tight end Mercedes Lewis for a 42-yard score in the second quarter to put Jacksonville up 14-3 heading into halftime.
The offensive onslaught continued in the second half. On Jacksonville’s opening possession, Garrard found Sims-Walker twice for a total of 68-yards, en route to a 10-yard TD toss to receiver Mike Thomas. After a Jon Kitna interception on the next possession, the game continued to open up when Garrard and Lewis connected once again for a 28-3 lead. With the score at 28-10 in the 4th quarter, Garrard capitalized on another Kitna pick by trotting in the endzone on a 2-yard run. On the day, Garrard completed 17 of 21 passes for a QB rating of 157.8, just missing out on the perfect rating of 158.3. More importantly, he lifted Jacksonville to a much-needed win and back into the playoff picture.
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