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[quote][size=5][b]Palmer up for FedEx Air award [/b][/size]
September 18, 2007

Carson Palmer is one of three finalists for FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week honors following his six-touchdown performance in last Sunday's 51-45 shootout with the Cleveland Browns. Palmer completed 30 of 50 passes for 401 yards, the six touchdowns and a passer rating of 113.4.

Palmer was named FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week twice last season and a league-record five times during the 2005 season.

Fans can cast their votes from 9 a.m. EST on Tuesday through noon EST on Thursday to determine the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week. The winners will be announced Thursday afternoon on NFL.com.

In addition, NFL fans may cast their votes for the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week using Sprint or Nextel wireless service - an opportunity available only to Sprint customers. This fast, convenient voting method involves texting the word FEDEX to short code 7777. Sprint customers will then receive an interactive text message that links fans to the ballot with the six finalists each week. Data and text messaging rates may apply.

If Palmer wins this week's award, FedEx will donate $5000 to Cincinnati Children's Hospital. [url="http://www.nfl.com/partner?partnerType=players-air-and-ground"]Click here to vote for Carson now! [/url][/quote]

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[b]FedEx Express Player of the Week[/b]

Place your vote for this week's FedEx Express Player of the Week:

40% Derek Anderson, Browns

29% Brett Favre, Packers

31% Carson Palmer, Bengals

[b]FedEx Ground Player of the Week[/b]

Place your vote for this week's FedEx Ground Player of the Week:

36% Frank Gore, 49ers

55% Jamal Lewis, Browns

10% Willie Parker, Steelers


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I`ll just post this here . . .

[quote][size=5][b]Browns win by putting own spin on Bengals' 45[/b][/size]

By Christine Daniels, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
September 17, 2007

[b]The first quarterback to win the Heisman Trophy for USC, Carson Palmer on Sunday became the first quarterback to throw for six touchdowns in an NFL game and lose[/b] to a 9-year-old expansion team notable mainly for debasing the once-proud "Cleveland Browns" brand on a weekly basis.

Palmer passed for six scores (one shy of the league record) and 401 yards (more than half of them to Chad Johnson), which was enough for 45 Cincinnati Bengals points. On most days, that would be more than enough points to beat any NFL team that doesn't play its home games in Indianapolis or focus spy-cams on opposing sidelines. On most days, that would be enough points to beat the Browns by five touchdowns, as these Browns usually need five days to score five touchdowns.

On the second Sunday of the 2007 season, however, 45 points by Palmer's Bengals meant a six-point loss to these Browns, who were quarterbacked, it should be noted, not by anyone named Otto Graham, Brian Sipe, Bernie Kosar or Vinny Testaverde. These Browns, not to be confused with those Browns (although the league record book remains a mess about that), were quarterbacked by Derek Anderson, who was a bench-warmer behind Charlie Frye before a 27-point opening-week loss to pissburgh prompted these Browns to punch the eject button on the Frye era.

Few backup quarterbacks have ever moved into the starting lineup amid more charmed circumstances. Anderson was presented a home game against the Bengals' make-yourself-at-home defense and had a career in a day: five touchdown passes, 328 yards and his signature on a beyond-stunning 51-45 victory.

[b]Worth considering: The Browns hadn't scored 51 points in their previous five games combined.[/b]

Five years ago, there were more than a few draft-day skeptics who believed Palmer to Cincinnati was not a great fit, something of an anxious reach. Now we know they had it half-right. The Bengals and their traveling-circus defense must drive Palmer into regular postgame fits of anxiety. He has to wonder: What do I have to do to win with this outfit, and where were the Ravens or the Bears when I really needed them on that fateful April day in 2003?

According to the Associated Press account, this is the third time in league history that two quarterbacks each passed for five touchdowns in the same game. Every time it has happened, it has become progressively more peculiar: from George Blanda and Tom Flores in 1963 (Blanda is an AFL all-timer; Flores was no slouch) to Billy Kilmer and Charley Johnson (Kilmer could sling it a bit; Johnson was a journeyman) to Palmer and yes-it's-no-typo Derek Anderson.

[b]The Associated Press account also noted that the game was "a historic afternoon for the Browns, who had a 300-yard passer, a 200-yard rusher and two 100-yard receivers (Braylon Edwards and Kellen Winslow) for the first time since joining the NFL in 1950."[/b] These sorts of sentences in stories about the NuBrowns deserve the Barry Bonds treatment: Without an asterisk, they muddle the truth. These Browns joined the NFL in 1999. The Other Browns, the Graham-Sipe-Kosar-Testaverde Browns, those Browns, joined the NFL in 1950 and moved to Baltimore in 1996 and are now known as the Ravens. And those Ravens won the Super Bowl that culminated the 2000 season, which still grinds football fans in Cleveland, which has never celebrated a Super Bowl appearance, in any incarnation.[/quote]

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[quote][size=5][b]No surprise: Shootout QBs honored [/b][/size]

Quarterbacks Derek Anderson of the Cleveland Browns, Brett Favre of the Green Bay Packers and Carson Palmer of the Bengals are the finalists for FedEx Express NFL Player of the Week honors for games played on September 16-17. Running backs Frank Gore of the San Francisco 49ers, Jamal Lewis of the Browns and Willie Parker of the pissburgh Steelers are the finalists for FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week honors, the NFL announced today.

Fans can vote for one player in each category on NFL.com from 9 a.m. today through 5 p.m. Thursday to determine the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week. The winners will be announced Thursday night on NFL.com.

Fans will be voting for more than their favorite player. For the fourth season in a row, 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:

-- Anderson completed 20 of 30 passes for 328 yards and five touchdowns (averaging 9.9 yards/pass) in the Browns’ 51-45 win over the Bengals.

Favre became the winningest quarterback in NFL history with his 149th victory in the Packers’ 35-13 win over the New York Giants. Favre threw for 286 yards with three touchdowns and completed 29 of 38 passes.

Palmer completed 30 of 50 passes for 401 yards and six touchdowns in the Bengals’ 45-51 loss to the Browns.[/quote]

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