Marques Colston (New Orleans)
Seven games: 36 receptions, 551 yards, 6 touchdowns
Drew Brees loves to spread the ball around to all of his receivers. But the one player he consistently looks to in the big spots is Colston, who is putting together another huge year. At this pace, he should make his first Pro Bowl.
Roddy White (Atlanta)
Seven games: 37 receptions, 543 yards, 6 touchdowns
Rowdy Roddy is one of the most underrated receivers in the league, despite being one of the top ones each of the past two years. Matt Ryan to Roddy White is one of the best combinations in the league.
Miles Austin (Dallas)
Seven games: 26 receptions, 563 yards, 6 touchdowns
A starter for only three weeks, Miles Austin has exploded onto the scene. In his first start, he produced 250 yards and two touchdowns, including the game winner in overtime. He is the reason the Cowboys could be the team no one wants to face in the playoffs.
Steven Jackson (St. Louis)
Eight games: 165 carries, 784 yards, 1 touchdown
Yes, Steven Jackson, not Adrian Peterson, has been the most impressive NFC running back thus far.
Both players have an identical 784 rushing yards and 4.8 yards per carry. But the fact that Jackson has managed to be atop the NFC in rushing yards on a team with zero other offensive weapons is unbelievable. Opposing teams know to key on stopping Jackson, and the Rams are playing from behind most of the time, yet Jackson has still managed to average 98 yards per game through eight games.
Jackson has only managed one touchdown, but that is mostly the fault of his team's putrid offense. It's a shame that his performance is lost in the misery of the Rams' season, because he is simply having a fantastic year.
Adrian Peterson (Minnesota)
Eight games: 163 carries, 784 yards, 9 touchdowns
The most talented running back in the game, and I don't think there's much of an argument. Peterson combines finesse with power better than any current player in the league. If I could have any running back to build a team around, it would be Peterson.
Vernon Davis (San Francisco)
Seven games: 32 receptions, 375 yards, 7 touchdowns
Leads the NFL in receiving touchdowns with seven in as many games. The former first-round pick has shed his bust label with an outstanding first half. He is also considered a great blocker, and was named a Pro Bowl alternate last season, despite limited offensive production for this reason.
Drew Brees (New Orleans) Seven Games: 2,006 yards, 16 touchdowns, 6 interceptions
Brett Favre (Minnesota) Eight Games: 1,925 Yards, 16 touchdowns, 3 interceptions
Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona) 7 games: 47 receptions, 509 yards, 5 touchdowns
Steve Smith (New York Giants) 8 games: 53 receptions, 662 yards, 4 touchdowns
DeSean Jackson (Philadelphia) 7 games: 24 receptions, 501 yards, 4 touchdowns
Sidney Rice (Minnesota) 8 games: 37 receptions, 585 yards, 2 touchdowns
Donald Driver (Green Bay) 7 Games: 33 receptions, 542 yards, 3 touchdowns
DeAngelo Williams (Carolina) 7 games: 128 carries, 619 yards, 5 touchdowns
Michael Turner (Atlanta) 7 Games, 138 carries, 554 yards, 8 touchdowns
Brent Celek (Philadelphia) 7 games: 37 receptions, 447 yards, 3 touchdowns
Special Bonus: AFC First Half Pro Bowl Team!
Peyton Manning (Indianapolis) 7 games: 2,227 yards, 15 touchdowns, 4 interceptions
Reggie Wayne (Indianapolis) 7 games: 51 receptions 689 yards, 6 touchdowns
Andre Johnson (Houston) 8 games: 44 receptions, 697 yards, 4 touchdowns
Vincent Jackson (San Diego) 7 games: 37 receptions, 664 yards, 5 touchdowns
Maurice Jones-Drew (Jacksonville) 7 games: 116 carries, 640 yards, 10 touchdowns
Chris Johnson (Tennessee) 7 games: 119 carries, 824 yards, 4 touchdowns
Owen Daniels (Houston) 8 games: 40 receptions, 519 yards, 4 touchdowns