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Jones Up for FedEx Ground Award for Rams Outing

Quarterbacks JAY CUTLER of the Denver Broncos, PEYTON MANNING of the Indianapolis Colts and KURT WARNER of the Arizona Cardinals are the finalists for the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week honors for games played on November 6 – 10, while running backs THOMAS JONES of the New York Jets, MAURICE JONES-DREW of the Jacksonville Jaguars and ADRIAN PETERSON of the Minnesota Vikings are the finalists for the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week honors, the NFL announced today.

Fans can vote for one player in each category on from 9 a.m. EST on Tuesday through 11 a.m. EST on Friday to determine the FedEx Air and Ground NFL Players of the Week. The winners will be announced Friday afternoon on

Fans will be voting for more than their favorite player. As part of the Air and Ground program for the first time, FedEx is teaming up with Safe Kids USA – a national non-profit organization that works to prevent accidental injury among children – to deliver safer kids by making weekly $1,000 donations in
the winning players’ names. The funding directly benefits local Safe Kids coalitions in that team’s city, to fund pedestrian safety improvements throughout the year. This year, FedEx celebrates its fifth year of the program and will surpass the $1 million mark in funding to create safer communities for children.

New this season, fans can tune into the “FedEx Air and Ground Lowdown” posted only on starting Wednesday mornings. The show examines the nominees in the Air and Ground categories through exclusive video highlights and expert analysis. NFL Network’s MARSHALL FAULK and TERRELL DAVIS host the weekly five-minute show.

A closer look at the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week finalists:

* Denver’s JAY CUTLER threw for 447 yards and three touchdowns completing 24 of 42 passes in the Broncos’ 34 – 30 win over the Cleveland Browns on NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football.

* Indianapolis’ PEYTON MANNING completed 21 of 40 passes for 240 yards and three touchdowns in the Colts’ 24 – 20 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

* Arizona’s KURT WARNER completed 32 of 42 passes for 328 yards and three touchdowns in the Cardinals’ 29 – 24 win over the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football.

A closer look at the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week finalists:

* New York Jets’ THOMAS JONES rushed for 149 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries in the Jets’ 47 – 3 win over the St. Louis Rams.

* Jacksonville’s MAURICE JONES-DREW posted three touchdowns on three consecutive possessions rushing 11 times for 70 yards in the Jaguars’ 38 -14 win over the Detroit Lions.

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