Let’s see which players made our “Good List” for the Dave & Adam’s “Leaders of The Pack” for Week 15.
Quarterback: Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – 40 for 55, 380 yards, 3 touchdowns
It was hard to pick just one winner from the crop of QB performances in Week 15 (Cam Newton 5 TDs vs. the Giants, Kirk Cousins 4 TDs in the first place Redskins’ win over the Bills), but the nod goes to Big Ben as his three second half touchdowns propelled the Steelers to a come-from-behind win over the Broncos.
Denver grounded the high-flying Pittsburgh passing game throughout the first half, but they bounced back in the final 30 minutes. Roethlisberger found Markus Wheaton in the red zone with 12:34 to go in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 27-27. He then hooked up with Antonio Brown on a 23-yard pass for the game-winning score with just 3:24 left in regulation. The win keeps the Steelers in the driver’s seat for the AFC Wild Card race with the Chiefs and Jets.
Running Back: David Johnson – Arizona Cardinals – 29 rushes, 187 yards, 3 touchdowns
The Cardinals cruised to their first NFC West title since 2009 thanks to the dominant performance by the rookie running back on Sunday night against the Eagles. Johnson’s 47-yard TD run late in the first half gave Arizona the lead for good as they went on to outscore Philadelphia 23-7 in the second half.
Johnson, a third round draft pick from Northern Iowa, has piled up 378 yards in the last three weeks after injuries to Andre Ellington and Chris Johnson elevated him to the starting role. He set a Cardinals rookie record already this season with 11 total touchdowns (7 rushing, 4 receiving). If he remains this hot going into the postseason, then it could get the Cardinals to the Super Bowl for the second time in franchise history. Look for his rookie cards in select 2015 football products.
Wide Receiver: Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers – 16 catches, 189 yards, 2 touchdowns
Brown was a big part of the Steelers second half comeback as nine of his 16 catches, including two touchdowns, came in the final two quarters. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Brown is the first player in NFL history to have two games with 16 receptions in the same season. Brown holds the NFL lead in receiving yards with 1,586 through 14 games, which is an average of 113.3 yards per game. He is also second in receptions with 116 and is the third most targeted receiver in the NFL.
This is Brown’s fourth Leaders of The Pack award of the season. Look for his rookie cards in select 2010 football boxes.