Courtesy of the NFL PR Department, here are each conferences' Players of the Week for week 7, followed by the Players & Rookies of the Month for October, after the 'Jump.'
BENGALS QB CARSON PALMER,
PATRIOTS S BRANDON MERIWEATHER
& BILLS P BRIAN MOORMAN
NAMED AFC PLAYERS OF WEEK 7
Quarterback CARSON PALMER of the Cincinnati Bengals, safety BRANDON MERIWEATHER of the New England Patriots and punter BRIAN MOORMAN of the Buffalo Bills are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the seventh week of the 2009 season (October 25-26), the NFL announced today.
OFFENSE: QB CARSON PALMER, CINCINNATI BENGALS
- Palmer completed 20 of 24 passes for 233 yards with five touchdowns versus zero interceptions and a 146.7 passer rating in Cincinnati’s 45-10 win over Chicago.
- His five touchdown passes were the second most of his career (6 vs. Cleveland on 9/16/07).
- Recorded a season-high 83.3 completion percentage (20 of 24).
- Posted a career-high 146.7 passer rating.
- Posted his best TD-INT differential at plus-five and tied BOOMER ESIASON for the Bengals record (five TDs versus zero INTs on Oct. 29, 1989).
- Ranks fourth in the AFC and fifth in the NFL with 13 touchdown passes through Week 7.
- Helped Cincinnati post a 5-2 record for the first time since 2005 (AFC North champions).
- In his seventh year from Southern California, this is Palmer’s second career Player of the Week Award. He previously won the award in 2004 (Week 13).
DEFENSE: S BRANDON MERIWEATHER, NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
- Meriweather registered two interceptions in the first six minutes of the game and scored his first career touchdown on a 39-yard INT-TD return in a 35-7 win over Tampa Bay in the NFL’s International Series game in London.
- Posted the first INT-TD return for New England since EUGENE WILSON scored on a five-yard interception return vs. the New York Jets on December 16, 2007.
- Meriweather is the first Patriot to have two interceptions in a game since ASANTE SAMUEL (against Philadelphia on 11/25/07).
- The Patriots have forced at least one turnover in 15 consecutive games, the longest current streak in the NFL. New England had three interceptions against Tampa Bay.
- Helped the Patriots win their 17th consecutive regular-season game against the NFC, the longest interconference winning streak since the 1970 merger.
- In his third year from Miami, this is Meriweather’s first career Player of the Week award. He is the first Patriot safety to win the award since RODNEY HARRISON in 2004 (Week 2).
SPECIAL TEAMS: P BRIAN MOORMAN, BUFFALO BILLS
- In a 20-9 win over Carolina, Moorman averaged 45.0 yards on eight punts and tied for a league-high in Week 7 with four punts inside of the 20-yard line.
- Buffalo’s punt return unit held Carolina to a two yards per punt return average.
- Tied CHRIS MOHR’s team record with 190 career punts inside the 20-yard line.
- Has recorded a 50-yard punt in seven consecutive games (55 yards in Week 7).
- The past two games, Moorman had eight of his 16 punts downed inside the 20-yard line.
- Ranks fifth in the NFL with a 41.1 net average through Week 7.
- In his ninth year from Pittsburg State, this is Moorman’s fifth career Player of the Week award. Moorman last won the award in 2006 (Week 15).
2009 AFC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
|Wk 1||QB Tom Brady, New England||LB David Harris, N.Y. Jets||K Jeff Reed, Pittsburgh|
|Wk 2||QB Matt Schaub, Houston||DE Antwan Odom, Cincinnati||K Rian Lindell, Buffalo|
|Wk 3||RB Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville||LB Brendon Ayanbadejo, Baltimore||LB Jason Trusnik, N.Y. Jets|
|Wk 4||RB Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh||CB Champ Bailey, Denver||KR-WR Jacoby Jones, Houston|
|Wk 5||QB Kyle Orton, Denver||LB James Harrison, Pittsburgh||P Dave Zastudil, Cleveland|
|Wk 6||QB Tom Brady, New England||LB Brian Cushing, Houston||KR-PR-WR Eddie Royal, Denver|
|Wk 7||QB Carson Palmer, Cincinnati||S Brandon Meriweather, New England||P Brian Moorman, Buffalo|
Other nominees for AFC Offensive Player of Week 7:
- Cincinnati running back CEDRIC BENSON, who rushed for 189 yards (5.1 average) on 37 attempts with one touchdown.
- San Diego wide receiver VINCENT JACKSON, who recorded five receptions for 142 yards (28.4 average) with one touchdown.
- Indianapolis quarterback PEYTON MANNING, who completed 23 of 34 passes (67.6 percent) for 235 yards with three touchdowns versus zero interceptions and a 116.7 passer rating in the Colts’ 42-6 win over the Rams.
- San Diego quarterback PHILIP RIVERS, who completed 18 of 30 passes (60.0 percent) for 268 yards with three touchdowns versus zero interceptions and a 122.6 passer rating.
- Miami running back RICKY WILLIAMS, who totaled 80 rushing yards on nine attempts (8.9 average) with three rushing touchdowns in a 46-34 loss to the Saints.
Other nominees for AFC Defensive Player of Week 7:
- Buffalo rookie safety JAIRUS BYRD, who recorded two tackles, two interceptions and two passes defensed.
- Pittsburgh linebacker JAMES FARRIOR, who led the team with 15 tackles and one sack in a 27-17 win over the Vikings.
- Pittsburgh linebacker KEYARON FOX, who posted an 82-yard interception return touchdown.
- Cincinnati cornerback LEON HALL, who posted six tackles, two interceptions and four passes defensed.
- Pittsburgh linebacker JAMES HARRISON, who totaled seven tackles, two sacks and three tackles for a loss.
- Indianapolis rookie defensive back JACOB LACEY, who registered a 35-yard interception return touchdown and added three tackles.
- Pittsburgh linebacker LA MARR WOODLEY, who posted a 77-yard fumble return touchdown.
Other nominee for AFC Special Teams Player of Week 7:
- San Diego linebacker BRANDON SILER, who recorded a team-high four tackles on special teams.
EAGLES WR DE SEAN JACKSON, CARDINALS S ADRIAN WILSON &
COWBOYS PR-WR PATRICK CRAYTON
NAMED NFC PLAYERS OF WEEK 7
Wide receiver DE SEAN JACKSON of the Philadelphia Eagles, safety ADRIAN WILSON of the Arizona Cardinals and punt returner-wide receiver PATRICK CRAYTON of the Dallas Cowboys are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the seventh week of the 2009 season (October 25-26), the NFL announced today.
OFFENSE: WR DE SEAN JACKSON, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
- Jackson had a 67-yard touchdown run and a 57-yard TD reception in the Eagles’ 27-17 win over Washington.
- He is only the second player in team history to have a 50+ yard touchdown run and reception in the same game, joining BOSH PRITCHARD, who accomplished the feat in 1949.
- Over the past 20 years, only two other players have recorded a 50+ yard receiving and rushing touchdown in a game (CHRIS JOHNSON & CLINTON PORTIS).
- Jackson has scored five touchdowns (three receiving, one punt-return, one rushing) this season and all have been for at least 50 yards. He is only the fifth player in NFL history to record a receiving, rushing and punt-return touchdown in each of his first two seasons.
- He has scored a 60+ yard touchdown in four of the first six games of the season, only the fourth player in NFL history to accomplish that feat.
- In his second season from California, this is Jackson’s second career Player of the Week Award and first on offense. He was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week on Kickoff Weekend.
- Jackson joins running back BRIAN WESTBROOK as the only Eagles to win weekly awards for both offense and special teams.
DEFENSE: S ADRIAN WILSON, ARIZONA CARDINALS
- Wilson had five tackles, including two tackles for a loss, an interception, a fumble recovery and two passes defensed in the Cardinals’ 24-17 primetime win at the New York Giants.
- Leading 17-14 in the third quarter, Wilson intercepted a New York pass and returned the ball to the Giants’ 20-yard line. Three plays later, the Cardinals scored a touchdown to take a 24-14 lead.
- His fumble recovery came late in the fourth quarter with the Giants driving into Arizona territory and the Cardinals holding a seven-point advantage.
- The Arizona defense held New York’s offense, which entered the game ranked third in the NFC averaging 402.0 yards per game, to 327 total yards.
- The Cardinals forced four turnovers (three interceptions, one fumble), with Wilson playing a role in two.
- In his ninth season from North Carolina State, this is Wilson’s third career Player of the Week Award. He previously won in Week 7, 2002 and Week 4, 2004.
- He is the third Cardinals defensive player to be honored three times, joining ANTREL ROLLE and AENEAS WILLIAMS.
SPECIAL TEAMS: PR-WR PATRICK CRAYTON, DALLAS COWBOYS
- Crayton had a 73-yard punt-return touchdown and a five-yard touchdown reception in the Cowboys’ 37-21 win over Atlanta.
- Filling in for injured punt returner ALLEN ROSSUM, Crayton returned three punts for 87 yards (29.0 average), including the first PR-TD of his career.
- The 73-yard punt-return touchdown was the longest by a Cowboy since DEION SANDERS (76 yards) in 1999.
- Crayton’s TD reception came with six seconds left in the second quarter to give Dallas a 17-7 halftime lead. His punt-return touchdown occurred in the fourth quarter and expanded the Cowboys’ lead to 34-14.
- In his sixth season from Northwestern Oklahoma State, this is Crayton’s first Player of the Week Award.
2009 NFC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
|Wk 1||QB Drew Brees, New Orleans||DE Justin Tuck, New York Giants||PR-WR DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia|
|Wk 2||RB Frank Gore, San Francisco||LB Chad Greenway, Minnesota||DE Calais Campbell, Arizona|
|Wk 3||QB Kevin Kolb, Philadelphia||LB Lance Briggs, Chicago||KR-WR Percy Harvin, Minnesota|
|Wk 4||QB Brett Favre, Minnesota||S Darren Sharper, New Orleans||KR-WR Johnny Knox, Chicago|
|Wk 5||WR Miles Austin, Dallas||CB D. Rodgers-Cromartie, Arizona||P Jason Baker, Carolina|
|Wk 6||QB Drew Brees, New Orleans||S Thomas DeCoud, Atlanta||KR-WR Sammie Stroughter, Tampa Bay|
|Wk 7||WR DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia||S Adrian Wilson, Arizona||PR-WR Patrick Crayton, Dallas|
Other nominees for NFC Offensive Player of Week 7:
- Dallas wide receiver MILES AUSTIN, who had six receptions for 171 yards (28.5 average) and two touchdowns.
- San Francisco tight end VERNON DAVIS, who had seven receptions for 93 yards and three touchdowns in the 49ers’ 24-21 loss at Houston. Davis’ three touchdowns are the most in franchise history for a tight end.
- Green Bay running back RYAN GRANT, who rushed for 148 yards and a touchdown in the Packers’ 31-3 win at Cleveland.
- Minnesota wide receiver SIDNEY RICE, who had 10 receptions for 136 yards in the Vikings’ 27-17 loss at Pittsburgh.
- New Orleans tight end JEREMY SHOCKEY, who had four catches for 105 yards (26.3 average) in the Saints’ 46-34 win at Miami.
- Green Bay linebacker A.J. HAWK, who had a team-high eight tackles, including three tackles for a loss.
- New Orleans safety DARREN SHARPER, who had four tackles and a 42-yard interception-return touchdown, the 11th of his career, which ranks second in NFL history.
- Philadelphia linebacker WILL WITHERSPOON, who had eight tackles, a nine-yard interception-return touchdown, a sack and a forced fumble in his first game with the Eagles.
Other nominees for NFC Special Teams Player of Week 7:
- New Orleans kicker JOHN CARNEY, who scored 10 points on two field goals and four PATs. Carney has 2,007 career points and passed Pro Football Hall of Famer GEORGE BLANDA (2,002) for third place all-time.
- Green Bay tight end SPENCER HAVNER, who had two special teams tackles and caught a 45-yard touchdown pass.
PATRIOTS QB TOM BRADY, STEELERS LB JAMES HARRISON &
BRONCOS KR-WR EDDIE ROYAL
NAMED AFC PLAYERS OF MONTH FOR OCTOBER
Quarterback TOM BRADY of the New England Patriots, linebacker JAMES HARRISON of the Pittsburgh Steelers and kick returner-wide receiver EDDIE ROYAL of the Denver Broncos are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Month for October, the NFL announced today.
OFFENSE: TOM BRADY, NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
- Brady led the Patriots to a 3-1 record in October and completed 92 of 131 passes (70.2 percent) for 1,161 yards with 12 touchdowns versus two interceptions and a 121.7 passer rating.
- Led the NFL with 12 touchdown passes in October and ranks first in the AFC and second in the NFL with a 121.7 passer rating for the month (AARON RODGERS, 123.9).
- In Week 6 against Tennessee (10/18), Brady set an NFL record with five touchdowns in a quarter while earning AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors.
- In Week 7 against Tampa Bay (10/25), he completed 23 of 32 passes (71.9 percent) for 308 yards to register his 26th 300-yard game, tying DREW BLEDSOE for the most 300-yard games in franchise history.
- Since 2006, Brady has a 12-1 (.923) record in October and has 42 touchdowns versus five interceptions and a 121.0 passer rating.
- In his 10th season from Michigan, this is Brady’s third career Player of the Month Award. Brady last won the award in October of 2007.
DEFENSE: JAMES HARRISON, PITTSBURGH STEELERS.
- Harrison registered 25 tackles, seven sacks and forced two fumbles while helping the Steelers post a 4-0 record in October.
- Led the NFL with seven sacks in October and is tied for second in the league with eight sacks in 2009.
- In Week 5 against Detroit (10/11), Harrison recorded three sacks and forced one fumble, while earning AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
- Recorded two sacks in Week 4 against San Diego (10/4) and in Week 7 (10/25) against Minnesota.
- The reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year is on pace for 18 sacks in 2009, which would surpass his 2008 team record of 16 sacks in a season.
- In his sixth year from Kent State, this is Harrison’s second Player of the Month Award. He last won the award in November of 2007.
SPECIAL TEAMS: EDDIE ROYAL, DENVER BRONCOS
- Royal totaled 292 return yards and two return touchdowns while helping Denver to a 3-0 record in October.
- Returned eight punts for 134 yards (16.8 average) with a 71-yard PR-TD and posted five kick returns for 158 yards (31.6 average), including a 93-yard KR-TD.
- He was the only player in the NFL for the month to rank among the league’s top four in kick return average (third, 31.6) and punt return average (fourth, 16.8).
- In Week 6 against San Diego (10/19), Royal became only the 11th player in NFL history (second Bronco) and sixth player since the 1970 merger to score a touchdown on a kick return and punt return in the same game.
- His two combined kick return touchdowns led the NFL for the month.
- In his second year from Virginia Tech, this is Royal’s first career Player of the Month Award. Royal is the second Bronco to win Special Teams Player of the Month this season (MATT PRATER in September).
2009 AFC PLAYERS OF THE MONTH
|September||QB Peyton Manning, Indianapolis||DE Antwan Odom, Cincinnati||K Matt Prater, Denver|
|October||QB Tom Brady, New England||LB James Harrison, Pittsburgh||KR-WR Eddie Royal, Denver|
PACKERS QB AARON RODGERS, SAINTS S DARREN SHARPER &
BEARS KR-WR JOHNNY KNOX
NAMED NFC PLAYERS OF MONTH FOR OCTOBER
Quarterback AARON RODGERS of the Green Bay Packers, safety DARREN SHARPER of the New Orleans Saints and kick returner-wide receiver JOHNNY KNOX of the Chicago Bears are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Month for October, the NFL announced today.
OFFENSE: QB AARON RODGERS, GREEN BAY PACKERS
- Rodgers led the Packers to a 2-1 record and posted an NFL-best 123.9 passer rating during the month.
- He passed for 988 yards in October and averaged a league-high 329.3 yards per game.
- Rodgers completed an NFC-best 74.5 percent of his passes (70 of 94) during October and his 10.51 yards per attempt mark led the league.
- He had a passer rating of at least 110 in all three games, including a near-perfect 155.4 mark in Week 7 at Cleveland, the highest single-game total in franchise history.
- Rodgers has now posted a 110+ rating in four consecutive games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer BART STARR (1966) as the only Packers to accomplish the feat.
- In his fifth season from California, this is Rodgers’ first career Player of the Month Award.
- He is the second Packer to win a monthly award this year, joining CHARLES WOODSON (Defense, September).
- The last Green Bay quarterback to win a monthly award was BRETT FAVRE (November 2004).
DEFENSE: S DARREN SHARPER, NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
- Sharper led the NFL with two interception-return touchdowns this month and tied for third in the league with three interceptions in October. He added 17 tackles and a half-sack during the month.
- He had a 99-yard interception-return touchdown in Week 4 and added a 42-yard INT-TD in Week 7. He now has 11 career INT-TDs, the second-most in NFL history behind Pro Football Hall of Famer ROD WOODSON’s 12.
- Sharper, who also had a 97-yard INT-TD earlier in the year, is the only player in NFL history with two 95+ yard interception-return touchdowns in a single season.
- He leads the NFL this season with six interceptions, 317 return yards and three INT-TDs.
- In his 13th season from William and Mary, this is Sharper’s second career Player of the Month Award (November 2005). He was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week earlier this season (Week 4).
- He is the second Saint to win a monthly award this season, joining DREW BREES (Offense, September).
SPECIAL TEAMS: KR-WR JOHNNY KNOX, CHICAGO BEARS
- Knox had 12 returns for 347 yards (28.9 average) with one touchdown (102 yards) in October.
- His 28.9-yard average was the highest mark in the NFC for the month (min. 10 returns).
- Knox’s 102-yard touchdown is the longest play this season and the second-longest kick-return touchdown in franchise history (Pro Football Hall of Famer GALE SAYERS, 103 yards).
- He added 12 catches for 107 yards during the month with one touchdown.
- He scored a touchdown in two of the Bears’ three games in October and had a streak of four games in a row with a touchdown. He is the first rookie in team history to score a TD in four consecutive games since Pro Football Hall of Famer WALTER PAYTON (1975).
- In his rookie season from Abilene Christian, this is Knox’s first career Player of the Month Award. He was named the Special Teams Player of the Week earlier this season (Week 4).
2009 NFC PLAYERS OF THE MONTH
|September||QB Drew Brees, New Orleans||CB Charles Woodson, Green Bay||PR-WR DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia|
|October||QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay||S Darren Sharper, New Orleans||KR-WR Johnny Knox, Chicago|
GIANTS WR HAKEEM NICKS & BILLS S JAIRUS BYRD
NAMED NFL ROOKIES OF MONTH FOR OCTOBER
Wide receiver HAKEEM NICKS of the New York Giants and safety JAIRUS BYRD of the Buffalo Bills are the NFL Offensive and Defensive Rookies of the Month for October, the NFL announced today.
OFFENSE: WR HAKEEM NICKS, NEW YORK GIANTS
- Nicks, a first-round draft pick (No. 29) out of North Carolina, scored a touchdown in all four October games.
- He had 14 receptions for 297 yards (21.2 average) and became the first Giants rookie with a touchdown reception in four consecutive games since 1948 (BILL SWIACKI).
- Three of Nicks’ touchdowns went for at least 30 yards (62, 54 and 37), the most by any rookie in the month.
- His four touchdown receptions during the month tied for the NFL lead and Nicks’ 297 receiving yards were the most by a rookie.
- For the season, Nicks ranks second among all NFL rookies with 315 yards (16 catches) and his 19.7 yards per catch average is the highest among all rookies with at least 10 receptions.
- Nicks is the first Giant to earn NFL Rookie of the Month honors since safety GIBRIL WILSON (Defense, October 2004). He joins tight end JEREMY SHOCKEY (November and December 2002) as the only Giants to be named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month.
DEFENSE: S JAIRUS BYRD, BUFFALO BILLS
- Byrd, a second-round selection out of Oregon, started all four games at free safety and totaled 15 tackles, five interceptions and seven passes defensed as the Bills posted a 2-2 record in October .
- Byrd is the first rookie with five interceptions in a month since Chicago Bears safety MARK CARRIER (December 1990).
- He is the first rookie with two interceptions in two consecutive games since Dallas Cowboys cornerback EVERSON WALLS in 1981.
- In the past two wins, the Bills offense converted three of Byrd’s four interceptions into touchdowns (one against the Jets and two against the Panthers).
- Leads all NFL rookies and ranks second in the NFL with five interceptions (DARREN SHARPER, 6)
- Byrd joins safety DONTE WHITNER (September 2006), linebacker SAM COWART (October 1998) and defensive end GABE NORTHERN (November 1996) as the fourth Bills player to earn a Rookie of the Month Award.
2009 NFL ROOKIES OF THE MONTH
|Offense (College)||Defense (College)|
|September||QB Mark Sanchez, New York Jets (USC)||S Louis Delmas, Detroit (Western Michigan)|
|October||WR Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants (North Carolina)||S Jairus Byrd, Buffalo (Oregon)|
Other nominees for the October NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month Award were:
- Indianapolis wide receiver AUSTIN COLLIE (fourth round, BYU), who posted 18 receptions for 198 yards (11.0 average) and four touchdowns.
- Minnesota wide receiver-kick returner PERCY HARVIN (first round, Florida), who had 11 catches for 157 yards. He added 13 kickoff returns for 327 yards (25.2 average) and one touchdown (88 yards).
- Chicago wide receiver JOHNNY KNOX (fifth round, Abilene Christian), who had 12 receptions for 107 yards and one touchdown. He added 12 kickoff returns for 347 yards (28.9 average) and one touchdown (102 yards).
- Philadelphia wide receiver JEREMY MACLIN (first round, Missouri), who had 12 catches for 201 yards and two touchdowns.
- Cleveland wide receiver MOHAMED MASSAQUOI (second round, Georgia), who recorded 15 receptions for 269 receiving yards (17.9 average).
- Pittsburgh wide receiver MIKE WALLACE (third round, Mississippi), who posted nine catches for 221 yards (24.6 average) and scored two touchdowns.
Other nominees for the October NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month Award were:
- Dallas kicker DAVID BUEHLER (fifth round, USC), who tied for third in the NFL with six touchbacks on kickoffs.
- Seattle linebacker AARON CURRY (first round, Wake Forest), who started all three games and posted 21 tackles, one sack, two passes defensed and a forced fumble.
- Houston linebacker BRIAN CUSHING (first round, USC), who led all rookies with 30 tackles and totaled a half-sack, one interception, two forced fumbles and three passes defensed as the Texans posted a 3-1 record for the month.
- Indianapolis cornerback JACOB LACEY (undrafted free agent, Oklahoma State), who recorded 14 tackles, one interception, including a 35-yard interception-touchdown return.
- St. Louis linebacker JAMES LAURINAITIS (second round, Ohio State), who started all four games and posted 37 tackles and two interceptions.
- Green Bay linebacker CLAY MATTHEWS (first round, USC), who started all three games and posted 13 tackles, two sacks, four tackles for a loss and had a 42-yard fumble-return touchdown, the longest by a rookie in franchise history.