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The NFL announced Monday that quarterbacks Tom Brady of the New England Patriots, Matt Schaub of the Houston Texans and Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints are the finalists for the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week *honors for games played on Oct. 18-19, while running backs Thomas Jones of the New York Jets, Maurice Jones-Drewof the Jacksonville Jaguars and DeAngelo Williams of the Carolina Panthers are the finalists for the *FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week.
Be sure to vote for the quarterback and running back you think are most deserving of this week's honors. Voting is open right here, on NFL.com/FedEx, from 9 a.m. EST on Tuesday through noon EST on Friday. The winners will be announced on Friday evening.
You'll be voting for more than your favorite player! As part of the Air & Ground program, FedEx continues its support of Safe Kids USA -- a national non-profit organization that works to prevent accidental injury among children -- by making weekly $1,000 donations in the winning players' names. The funding, allocated to local Safe Kids coalitions in that team's city, is used for pedestrian safety improvements throughout the year, from upgraded crosswalks and street signage to traffic barriers and educational training.
And while you're there, be sure to tune into the second season of the "FedEx Air & Ground Lowdown" posted exclusively on NFL.com/FedEx each week starting Wednesday mornings. NFL Network's Rich Eisen and Marshall Faulk host the weekly show, which examines the nominees in the Air & Ground categories through exclusive video highlights and expert analysis. But there's also a lot that goes on off the field to create a winning game plan. New this year, Rich and Marshall will also take a look at game-changing off-the-field decisions during the "Business of the NFL" segment.
As the Official Delivery Service Sponsor of the NFL, Super Bowl and Pro Bowl, FedEx understands the need for a winning game plan, and created the Air & Ground program to highlight superior on-field performance while delivering safe kids off the field. Be sure to vote often to name your favorite players the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week.
FedEx Air - Quarterbacks
Tom Brady, New England PatriotsBrady completed 29 of 34 passes for 380 yards and six touchdowns in the Patriots' 59-0 win over the Tennessee Titans.
Matt Schaub, Houston Texans
Schaub passed for 392 yards and four touchdowns, completing 28 of 40 passes with one interception in the Texans' 28-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Brees completed 23 of 30 passes for 369 yards and four touchdowns in the Saints' 48-27 win over the New York Giants.
FedEx Ground -- Running Backs
Thomas Jones, New York JetsJones rushed for 210 yards and one touchdown over 22 carries in the Jets' 16-13 overtime loss to the Buffalo Bills.
Maurice Jones-DrewJones-Drew rushed 33 times for 133 yards and three touchdowns in the Jaguars' 23-20 overtime win over the St. Louis Rams.
Williams rushed 30 times for 152 yards and two touchdowns in the Panthers' 28-21 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.