Ravens Trio Needs Your Votes

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Following a 33-24 victory over the Dallas Cowboys last weekend, three Ravens are in the running for player of the week awards. Fullback Le'Ron McClain, quarterback Joe Flacco and safety Ed Reed can all win through a fan vote.

McClain rushed for a career-high 139 yards on 22 carries, including an 82-yard touchdown dash that was the final dagger in the win en route to a chance for the FedEx Ground Player of the Week. The 260-pound fullback steadily attacked what was the NFL's seventh-ranked run defenses for an average of 6.3 yards per attempt. Voting for the honor is now open and will remain open until Friday at 11:00 a.m.  Fans can vote for Le'Ron here.

Flacco turned in what could have been his best game this season to potentially become the Diet Pepsi Rookie of the Week. Facing a fearsome pass rush that leads the NFL in sacks, the first-round draft pick completed 17 of 25 passes for 149 yards and a touchdown, despite taking five first-half sacks. He also posted a 96.9 passer rating. Voting for the Diet Pepsi Rookie of the Week ends Friday at noon.  Fans can vote for Joe here.

Meanwhile, Reed took a share of the league lead in interceptions with his sixth and seventh picks on the year. He is up for the GMC Sierra Defensive Player of the Week, voting for which closes Thursday at 4:00 p.m.  Fans can vote for Ed here.

Reed intercepted Dallas quarterback Tony Romo on the fourth play of the game, and then did it again just before halftime. His second interception was returned 29 yards to midfield, allowing just enough time and field position for a Matt Stover field goal to give the Ravens a 9-7 lead heading into the locker room.

*Here is a closer look at the nominees for the FedEx Ground Player of the Week: *

  • Baltimore Ravens FB LE'RON MC CLAIN rushed for 139 yards on 22 carries including an 82-yard touchdown in the Ravens' 33-24 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.
  • Cincinnati Bengals RB CEDRIC BENSON totaled 171 ground yards on 38 carries as the Bengals defeated the Cleveland Browns 14-0.
  • New York Giants RB DERRICK WARD posted 215 rushing yards on 15 carries averaging 14.3 yards per attempt in the Giants' 34-28 overtime victory against the Carolina Panthers.

*Here is a closer look at the nominees for the Diet Pepsi Rookie of the Week: *

  • Baltimore Ravens QB JOE FLACCO completed 17 of 25 attempts for 149 yards and a touchdown as the Ravens defeated the Dallas Cowboys 33-24 on NFL Network's Saturday Night Football.
  • Chicago Bears RB MATT FORTE rushed for 73 yards and one touchdown on 23 carries and added two receptions for 23 yards in the Bears' 20 - 17 win over the Green Bay Packers.
  • Tennessee Titans DE JASON JONES had 3.5 sacks, forced three fumbles and recorded five tackles in the Titans' 31-14 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • Atlanta Falcons QB MATT RYAN completed 13 of 24 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown as the Falcons defeated the Minnesota Vikings 24-17.
  • Detroit Lions RB KEVIN SMITH rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown on 24 attempts as the New Orleans Saints defeated the Detroit Lions 42-7.

*Here are the nominees for the GMC Sierra Defensive Player of the Week: *

  • Baltimore Ravens S ED REED notched two interceptions and added a tackle in the Ravens' 33-24 win over the Dallas Cowboys on NFL Network's Saturday Night Football.
  • Cincinnati Bengals CB LEON HALL made two tackles and three interceptions returning them for a combined 87 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown return in the Bengals' 14-0 win against the Cleveland Browns.
  • Tennessee Titans DE JASON JONES had 3.5 sacks, forced three fumbles and recorded five tackles in the Titans' 31-14 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • Washington Redskins DE JASON TAYLOR had two sacks and caused a forced fumble that set-up the Redskins' only touchdown in their 10-3 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
  • Seattle Seahawks CB JOSH WILSON contributed five tackles including a sack and three defensed passes including two interceptions to Seattle's defensive effort as the Seahawks defeated the New York Jets 13-3.
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