AFC & NFC Players of the Week

From the NFL, here are the Players of the Week for week 10 in the NFL 2009 season. First up is the AFC and the NFC follows after the 'Jump.'





Quarterback PEYTON MANNING of the Indianapolis Colts, safety MIKE BROWN of the Kansas City Chiefs and rookie kick returner-running back BERNARD SCOTT of the Cincinnati Bengals are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the 10th week of the 2009 season (November 12, 15-16), the NFL announced today.


  • Manning completed 28 of 44 passes (63.6 percent) for 327 yards with four touchdowns versus two interceptions and a 97.4 passer rating in a 35-34 win over the New England Patriots
  • With four touchdowns against the Patriots, Manning now has 20 touchdown passes on the year, his 12th consecutive 20-touchdown pass season, tying BRETT FAVRE for the most all-time.
  • He has won 13 consecutive games when passing for 300 yards, tying Y.A. TITTLE for the third-most consecutive wins when reaching the 300-yard passing mark.
  • Through Week 10, Manning leads the NFL in completions (249), passing yards (2,872) and touchdowns (20).
  • Manning helped the Colts become the first team in NFL history to start 9-0 three times in a five-year span. 
  • In his 12th season from Tennessee, Manning has 20 career Player of the Week Awards, most since the award originated in 1984.  He most recently won the award in 2008 (Week 16).



  • In a 16-10 win against the Raiders, Brown posted a career-high two interceptions, including a game-clinching INT with :38 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
  • He recorded his first interception of the game with 11:23 remaining in the fourth quarter, picking off Raiders quarterback BRUCE GRADKOWSKI at the 50-yard line.
  • The veteran safety sealed a Chiefs’ victory with 38 seconds to play when he intercepted Gradkowski’s pass on Kansas City’s 10-yard line.
  • Through Week 10, Brown has totaled 47 tackles, one sack, two interceptions, four passes defensed and one fumble recovery.
  • In his 10th year from Nebraska, this is Brown’s third career Player of the Week award.  He previously won the award twice with the Chicago Bears in 2001 (Weeks 8 and 12).  He is the first Chiefs defensive player to win the award since linebacker DERRICK JOHNSON in 2008 (Week 4).



  • In a battle for first place in the AFC North, Scott scored on a 96-yard kick return-touchdown to help lead the Bengals to a 18-12 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • His KR-TD was the team’s first since GLENN HOLT posted a 100-yard kick return-touchdown at Buffalo (11/4/07).
  • Scott’s score was the only touchdown of the game by either team.
  • He totaled five kick returns for 206 return yards (41.2 average), the third-most by a Bengal in a game in franchise history.
  • In his rookie year from Abilene Christian, this is Scott’s first Player of the Week award.  He is the first Bengal to win Special Teams Player of the Week since kick returner-wide receiver TAB PERRY in 2005 (Week 13).



  Offense Defense Special Teams
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
Wk 8 RB Chris Johnson, Tennessee LB Brian Cushing, Houston WR-KR Ted Ginn, Jr., Miami
Wk 9 TE Dallas Clark, Indianapolis S Tyrone Carter, Pittsburgh K Stephen Gostkowski, New England
Wk 10 QB Peyton Manning, Indianapolis S Mike Brown, Kansas City KR-RB Bernard Scott, Cincinnati


Other nominees for AFC Offensive Player of Week 10 were:

  • Kansas City running back JAAMAL CHARLES, who rushed for a season-high 103 yards (5.7 average) on 18 attempts with one touchdown.
  • Tennessee running back CHRIS JOHNSON, who rushed for 132 yards (5.1 average) on 26 attempts with two touchdowns and recorded nine receptions for 100 receiving yards (11.1 average) in a 41-17 win over Buffalo.
  • Jacksonville running back MAURICE JONES-DREW, who rushed for 123 yards (5.1 average) on 24 attempts with one touchdown in a 24-22 win over the New York Jets.
  • Denver wide receiver BRANDON MARSHALL, who had five catches for a season-high 134 receiving yards (26.8 average) with two touchdowns in a 27-17 loss to the Washington Redskins.
  • San Diego running back LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON, who rushed for a season-high 96 yards (4.0 average) on 24 attempts with two touchdowns in a 31-23 win over the Eagles .
  • Indianapolis wide receiver REGGIE WAYNE, who recorded 10 receptions for 126 yards (12.6 average) with two touchdowns.
  • Miami running back RICKY WILLIAMS, who gained 102 rushing yards (5.1 average) on 20 carries in a 25-23 win over Tampa Bay.


Other nominees for AFC Defensive Player of Week 10 were:

  • Buffalo rookie safety JAIRUS BYRD, who registered his eighth interception of the season against Tennessee.  Byrd has an interception in five consecutive games and is one of only two players since 1970 with an interception in five consecutive games in their first season in the NFL.  The other was Kansas City’s ERIC HARRIS in 1980 (six in a row).
  • Indianapolis defensive end ROBERT MATHIS, who registered eight tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble and one pass defensed.


Other nominee for AFC Special Teams Player of Week 10 was:

  • Kansas City punter DUSTIN COLQUITT, who punted six times for 283 yards (47.2 average) with four punts inside the 20-yard line.




Wide receiver SIDNEY RICE of the Minnesota Vikings, cornerback CHARLES WOODSON of the Green Bay Packers and punter HUNTER SMITH of the Washington Redskins are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the 10th week of the 2009 season (November 12, 15-16), the NFL announced today.


  • Rice had seven catches for a career-high 201 yards in the Vikings’ 27-10 win over Detroit. 
  • It marked the fourth 200-yard receiving game in franchise history and was just nine yards shy of the team record (210 yards, SAMMY WHITE, November 7, 1976). 
  • Five of Rice’s receptions went for at least 20 yards, including three catches of 40+ yards with a long of 56 yards. 
  • His 201 yards are the second-most by a receiver in one game on completions from BRETT FAVRE
  • Rice leads the NFC with 786 receiving yards and is averaging 17.9 yards per catch.  He has nine catches of at least 25 yards, tied for the most in the league. 
  • In his third season from South Carolina, this is Rice’s first career Player of the Week Award.  He is the fourth Viking (BRETT FAVRE, CHAD GREENWAY, PERCY HARVIN) to be honored this season and second on Offense (Favre). 
  • Rice is the fourth Vikings wide receiver to be honored on Offense, joining RANDY MOSS, CRIS CARTER and ANTHONY CARTER, and the first since Moss in 2001 (Week 10).



  • Woodson had an interception, two forced fumbles, one sack and a team-high nine tackles in the Packers’ 17-7 win over Dallas. 
  • He played a role in all three Cowboys’ turnovers and led a defense that held Dallas to just seven points. 
  • In the second quarter, he stopped a drive in Green Bay territory by forcing a fumble that was recovered by linebacker CLAY MATTHEWS
  • In the fourth quarter, with the Packers leading 10-0, Woodson sacked the Cowboys quarterback and forced a fumble that was recovered by Matthews to set up a first-and-goal for Green Bay at the three-yard line.  It led to a Packers’ touchdown and a 17-0 lead. 
  • On the next drive, with the Cowboys on the Green Bay one-yard line, Woodson intercepted a Dallas pass to thwart the scoring opportunity. 
  • In his 12th season from Michigan, this is Woodson’s second career Player of the Week Award (Week 6, 2007).  He has also been named NFC Defensive Player of the Month twice (September 2008 and September 2009). 
  • Woodson and AL HARRIS are the only cornerbacks in team history to be named Defensive Player of the Week.



  • Smith threw a 35-yard touchdown pass off a fake field-goal attempt and punted four times in the Redskins’ 27-17 win over Denver. 
  • Smith, who shifted from his holder position in field-goal formation to take a shotgun snap, threw the touchdown pass to fullback MIKE SELLERS in the second quarter. 
  • Smith, who earlier this season ran for a touchdown on a fake field-goal attempt, is the first punting specialist in NFL history to score a rushing touchdown and throw a touchdown pass in the same season. 
  • He punted four times and allowed zero return yards for a 38.0-yard net average.  He placed one punt inside the 20-yard line. 
  • In his 11th season from Notre Dame, this is Smith’s second career Player of the Week Award (Week 2, 2005 with Indianapolis). 
  • He is the third punter in franchise history to be honored, joining MATT TURK and RYAN PLACKEMEIER



  Offense Defense Special Teams
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
Wk 8 QB Brett Favre, Minnesota DE Julius Peppers, Carolina K Josh Brown, St. Louis
Wk 9 QB Kurt Warner, Arizona DT Anthony Hargrove, New Orleans KR-PR Clifton Smith, Tampa Bay
Wk 10 WR Sidney Rice, Minnesota CB Charles Woodson, Green Bay P Hunter Smith, Washington


Other nominees for NFC Offensive Player of Week 10:

  • Washington running back LADELL BETTS, who rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown. 
  • Minnesota quarterback BRETT FAVRE, who completed 20 of 29 passes (69.0 percent) for 344 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions for a 120.5 passer rating. 
  • Carolina running back JONATHAN STEWART, who rushed for two touchdowns and 82 yards on just 11 carries (7.5 average) in the Panthers’ 28-19 win over Atlanta. 
  • Arizona quarterback KURT WARNER, who completed 29 of 38 passes (76.3 percent) for 340 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 120.5 passer rating. 


Other nominees for NFC Defensive Player of Week 10:

  • Washington defensive end ANDRE CARTER, who had seven tackles, 1.5 sacks and two tackles for a loss.
  • Minnesota defensive end RAY EDWARDS, who had five tackles, two sacks, three tackles for a loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. 
  • Washington rookie linebacker BRIAN ORAKPO, who had 1.5 sacks, three tackles for a loss and six tackles.


Other nominees for NFC Special Teams Player of Week 10:

  • Tampa Bay kicker CONNOR BARTH, who became the fourth kicker in NFL history with three 50-yard field goals (51, 50, 54 yards) in the Buccaneers’ 25-23 loss at Miami. 
  • Green Bay tight end SPENCER HAVNER, who had four special teams tackles and had a touchdown reception. 
  • Minnesota punter CHRIS KLUWE, who averaged 48.0 yards on four punts with a net of 43.3 yards per punt.  He had a long of 58 yards and placed two inside the 20-yard line.   
  • New Orleans kick returner COURTNEY ROBY, who had a 97-yard kick-return touchdown in the Saints’ 28-23 win at St. Louis. 

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