Snow-covered fields and playoff races were the hallmarks of Week 14 in the NFL. The slate of games gave us some spectacular individual performances, but these players stood out among the crowd.
Passer of the week: Josh McCown, 27/36, 348 yards, four touchdowns, zero interceptions, 141.9 passer rating
Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman is adamant Jay Cutler will remain his starting quarterback and won't do anything to usher in a controversy at the position -- but at this point there's no reason not to.
I can't explain why a career backup is running the Bears offense better than Cutler, but he is. If Monday winds up being McCown's swan song it was a heck of a way to go out before ceding control. This season we've seen him be the more accurate passer, and on Monday Night Football he was a playmaker too. McCown found seven different receivers and ran in a touchdown to take over the game.
Rusher of the week: LeSean McCoy, 29 attempts, 217 yards, two touchdowns
No running back faced worse conditions than LeSean McCoy. Lincoln Financial Field was a ski park, not a football field, with eight inches of snow blanketing the playing surface and giving players trouble. It took the better part of three quarters for McCoy to find his footing, but it was something to watch when he did.
Back-to-back runs of 57 and 40 yards resulted in two touchdowns, and the vaunted Lions defensive front had no answer. He finished not only with over 200 yards rushing, but carried the ball at an efficient 7.48 yards per carry. This wasn't just a great game by McCoy's standards, it could have been the best of his career -- which is remarkable given the snow.
Receiver of the week: Josh Gordon, seven receptions, 151 yards, one touchdown
Gordon is so good he has a chance not only to become one of the best receivers in the league, he has an opportunity to redefine how 31 other teams approach the supplemental draft. Much was made of the risk Cleveland took when it spent a second-round pick on Gordon in 2012, but the long-striding receiver is thriving under Rob Chudzinski and Norv Turner, rivaling only Calvin Johnson in production.
Questions remain about whether he can be a franchise cornerstone after multiple suspensions, but Gordon is giving the Browns enough production that, in the short term, could be enough.
Defender of the week: John Abraham, six tackles, 3.0 sacks, one safety, one forced fumble
Week 14 was a close race between Junior Galette and John Abraham, but the senior player gets the edge based on playing the more complete game.
Abraham's shift from defensive end to linebacker has been seamless, and he's quickly become one of Arizona's most important defensive players. Running a blitz-heavy scheme has been a huge benefit to him, and Abraham plays better in space than expected.
The Cardinals are prepared for a playoff push in the coming weeks, and they have a chance to surprise.