NFC East High Energy Player of the Week

A look at a player who gave his team a significant boost in Week 8.

Without rookie Brandon Banks in the return game, the Redskins would not have been in the game against the Detroit Lions on Sunday. The former Kansas State player was electrifying in returning both punts and kickoffs. His 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter briefly gave Washington the lead.

His returns contributed to 17 of the Skins' points in a 37-25 loss. Banks has remarkable speed, but he also seems to have the loosest hips on the roster with the way he wiggles away from defenders. With Donovan McNabb playing poorly and no running game to speak of, it was left up to Banks to be a difference-maker. And that's exactly what he was.

I think it's time for offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan to figure out how to use Banks on offense from time to time. If you can get this man in space, he'll do some damage. On Sunday, he was really the only consistent threat the Skins had on the field. And that's why he has been handed one of the most prestigious awards in the blog kingdom, the NFC East High Energy Player of the Week. Congrats to the Banks family.