Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers: Passed for 170 yards and a touchdown while also running for 60 yards and a touchdown as Carolina earned its third-straight victory, a 17-6 win over the Raiders. Newton has passed for 7,672 yards in his first two seasons, second-most behind Peyton Manning (7,874, 1998-99). He has thrown for 3,621 yards with 19 touchdowns and rushed for 707 yards with eight scores in his second season after being drafted with the top overall pick in 2011. Newton has 62 total touchdowns in 31 career games. Newton had his streak of 176 passes attempted without an interception end on the final play of the third quarter. His streak of 176 attempts is a new Panthers record. VIDEO: Newton’s Two Scores: Passing | Rushing
Karlos Dansby, LB, Miami Dolphins: Posted double-digit tackles for the third time in 2012 with 10 in a 24-10 win over the Bills while also forcing a fumble. Has recorded 121 tackles in 2012. A nine-year veteran, Dansby has more than 850 stops in his career and a career-best 121 this season. He’s one of just four active NFL players with at least 30 sacks and 10 interceptions. VIDEO: Dansby Forces Critical Fumble
Pat Sims, DT, Cincinnati Bengals: Had five tackles (four solo) in the Bengals’ 13-10 win over Pittsburgh. Sims has played in seven games this season with 3 tackles and one interception after returning from injury. A five-year veteran, he has played in 59 games with 23 starts.
Ronnie Brown, RB, San Diego Chargers: Started at running back and carried five times for 31 yards as San Diego defeated the Jets, 27-17. Brown’s 13 rushing yards during week 6 put him over 5,000 for his career. He has played in 105 games in his career with 49 touchdowns.
Ben Grubbs, OG, New Orleans Saints: Has started all 15 games at guard for New Orleans this season, including Week 16’s 34-14 win over Dallas. Grubbs has played in 89 games in his six-year career with 85 starts. He has started in every game he has played since 2008.
Ben Tate, RB, Houston Texans: Totaled four rushes for 17 yards with a long carry of 13 yards in Houston’s 23-6 loss to the Vikings. Tate has 272 yards rushing and two touchdowns this season for the AFC’s top club. For his career, the Maryland native has run for 1,214 yards and six touchdowns.
Neiko Thorpe, DB, Kansas City Chiefs: Had a season-high three tackles in the Chiefs’ 20-13 loss to Indianapolis. Thorpe is in his first year in the league after signing as an undrafted free agent over the summer. He has totaled five tackles in eight games in 2012.
Carlos Rogers, DB, San Francisco 49ers: Had six tackles and a deflection as San Francisco fell to the Seahawks, 42-13. In his eighth season after being drafted No. 9 overall by Washington in 2005, Rogers has 54 tackles in 2012. He’s started all but three of the 97 games he played in since 2006 and was a 2011 Pro Bowl and All-Pro selection.
Nick Fairley, DT, Detroit Lions: Placed on injured reserve on December 19 with a shoulder injury. The 13th overall pick in 2011, Fairley has played in 23 games with seven starts in two seasons with the Lions. He totaled 34 tackles and 5.5 sacks in 2012.
Lee Ziemba, OT, Indianapolis Colts: Released from injured reserve by Carolina and subsequently signed by the Indianapolis Colts to their practice squad on December 18.