Andre Johnson

The Texans wide receiver tore up the St. Louis secondary for 196 receiving yards on nine catches as Houston edged the Rams, 16-13. It was Johnson's best game of the season.

Mark Sanchez

Upset Jets fans were tossing snowballs after they watched New York's rookie QB toss three interceptions. In a must-win game for New York, Sanchez was intercepted on his first throw. Despite one TD pass, he failed to get his offense going in a 10-7 loss to Atlanta.

Tully Banta-Cain

The New England linebacker had three of the Patriots' six sacks and led a dinged-up defense in a 17-10 victory over Buffalo.

Rams fans

Sure, St. Louis stinks - the Rams are 1-13 after losing to Houston yesterday. But the fans continue to mirror the flagging fortunes of their onetime Super Bowl champion team. The St. Louis faithful - if it can be called that - have been lukewarm on the team, and yesterday's attendance at the Edward Jones Dome was 46,256, a franchise low since the Rams abandoned the L.A. area for St. Louis in 1995.

Vince Young

The Tennessee quarterback's psyche may have been in question last year, but now he's gutting it out like a throwback field general as the Titans have climbed back to 7-7 after an 0-6 start. Playing with an achy knee and hamstring, Young was 14 for 27 for 236 yards and three touchdowns to lead a 27-24 overtime win over Miami.

Jim Mora

The Seattle coach invoked the spirit of former Arizona coach Dennis Green after his Seahawks were humbled at home by Tampa Bay, 24-7. "We are what we are," Mora said after his team fell to 5-9. That self-reflective quote came after Mora had said last week that his team needed more hard-nosed "dirtbags." Clearly, Mora is well on his way to joining his dad as a beer commercial foil.

Buffalo Bills

With a loss to New England, the Bills ensured a 10th straight season without going to playoffs, a streak matched by Detroit. In a close game that the Pats won by just seven points, Buffalo (5-9) committed 11 penalties for 124 yards, including a pair of pass-interference calls that set up New England's first two scores.

Joe Flacco

Baltimore's quarterback - the pride of Audubon, Camden County - was 21 for 29 for 234 yards and four TDs as the Ravens routed Chicago, 31-7, and continued their drive for an AFC playoff spot.

Brady Quinn

The Browns won in a track meet with Kansas City, 41-34, but Cleveland didn't get much help from its quarterback. Quinn was 10 for 17 for 66 yards and two interceptions.

Matt Cassel

On the flip side of that Browns-Chiefs game, losing QB Matt Cassel was 22 for 40 for 331 yards and two TDs with no picks - so, go figure.

Jay Cutler

The Bears' quarterback is regressing badly and is well on his way to winning the Down Arrow of the Year Award as he threw three interceptions in a miserable loss to Baltimore. Cutler now has an NFL-high 25 picks.

Nate Kaeding

The Chargers' kicker made a 52-yard field goal with three seconds left to give San Diego a 27-24 victory over Cincinnati. San Diego clinched its fourth straight AFC West title.

Ben Roethlisberger

The Steelers' quarterback threw for . . . not 300 . . . not 400 . . . but 509 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner with no time remaining to beat Green Bay, 37-36, and halt a five-game losing streak. The buzzer-beater was a 19-yarder to Mike Wallace, who runs pretty good for a guy who's been on 60 Minutes for the last 30 or 40 years.