Powell a finalist – the polls are open Dan Leberfeld

*he NFL announced the New York Jets’ Bilal Powell is a finalist for this week’s FedEx Ground Player of the Week award for his outstanding performance against the San Francisco 49ers with 145 yards on 29 carries and 2 touchdowns. This is Powell’s first nomination. You’ll find a list of nominees below:

Air Nominees
· Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers completed 18 of 23 passes for 246 yards and 3 touchdowns for a 150.8 passer rating in a 38-10 win over the Seattle Seahawks.

· Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons completed 18 of 28 passes for 237 yards and 3 touchdowns for a 126.6 passer rating in a 42-14 win over the Los Angeles Rams.

· Tom Brady of the New England Patriots completed 25 of 38 passes for 406 yards and 3 touchdowns in a 30-23 win against the Baltimore Ravens.

Ground Nominees
· Le’Veon Bell of the Pittsburgh Steelers rushed for 236 yards on 38 carries and 3 touchdowns in a 27-20 win over the Buffalo Bills.

· Bilal Powell of the New York Jets rushed for 145 yards on 29 carries and 2 touchdowns in a 23-17 overtime win against the San Francisco 49ers.

· Carlos Hyde of the San Francisco 49ers rushed for 193 yards on 17 carries against the New York Jets.

Every week, following the Monday Night Football game, through Thursday at 3 p.m. ET, fans can visit NFL.com/FedEx or tweet using #AirandGround and the nominees’ last name to cast their vote. FedEx and the NFL will announce the winners every Thursday afternoon and then FedEx will award a $2,000 donation in the winning players’ names to The USO.

*Press Release