AFC & NFC Players of the Week

The award winners for both conferences have been announced for week 8. The AFC is up first followed by the NFC after the 'Jump.' Note that the Baltimore Ravens were well represented as Joe Flacco (Offense), Jarret Johnson (Defense) and Lardarius Webb (Special Teams) were all nominated as well.


      AFC-POW-8     11/4/09



Running back CHRIS JOHNSON of the Tennessee Titans, rookie linebacker BRIAN CUSHING of the Houston Texans and wide receiver-kick returner TED GINN, JR. of the Miami Dolphins are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the eighth week of the 2009 season (November 1-2), the NFL announced today.


  • Johnson set a franchise record with 228 rushing yards (9.5 average) on 24 carries with two touchdowns in a 30-13 win over the Jaguars.
  • He rushed for touchdowns of 52 and 89 yards while Jaguars running back MAURICE JONES-DREW rushed for touchdowns of 80 and 79 yards.  The game was the first in NFL history with four rushing touchdowns of at least 50 yards. 
  • Helped the Titans total 305 rushing yards, the second-highest in franchise history (332 on 10/19/08 vs. Chiefs).
  • Gained over 100 yards for the third time this season (197, 128, 228) and leads the NFL with 824 rushing yards in 2009.
  • In his second season from East Carolina, this is Johnson’s first career Player of the Week Award.  He is the first Titan to be named Offensive Player of the Week since running back CHRIS BROWN in 2007 (Week 1).


  • Cushing posted a team-high 10 tackles, one sack, one tackle for a loss, one interception and one pass defensed in a 31-10 win over Buffalo.
  • It was the sixth time this season that he led the team or tied for the team lead in tackles.
  • Registered the first solo sack of his career when he tackled Buffalo quarterback RYAN FITZPATRICK for an eight-yard loss in the first quarter.  Cushing has 1.5 sacks this season.
  • Posted his second interception of the year when he picked off Fitzpatrick in the fourth quarter.  Both of Cushing’s interceptions ended an opponent’s final drive of the game and sealed victories.
  • Helped the Texans improve to 5-3, the best record through first eight games of a season in franchise history.
  • In his rookie year from Southern California, this is Cushing’s second career Player of the Week award.  He previously won the award in Week 6.  He is the first Texan to win Defensive Player of the Week twice in a season since MARIO WILLIAMS in 2007 (Week 1 and 15).


  • Ginn registered kick-return touchdowns of 101 and 100 yards in the third quarter of the Dolphins’ 30-25 win over the New York Jets
  • He is the first player in NFL history with two touchdowns of 100 yards in the same game and is the eighth player in NFL history with two kick-return touchdowns in a game.
  • The scores were the first two KR-TDs of his career and marked the first time in team history that a player returned two kickoffs for scores in a game.
  • He also became the first player to record two KR-TDs in the same quarter since Green Bay’s TRAVIS WILLIAMS in 1967.
  • His 101-yard KR-TD was the second-longest in team history behind running back MERCURY MORRIS (105 yards vs. Cincinnati on 9/14/69). The last Dolphin to record a KR-TD was wide receiver WES WELKER (95-yard KR-TD at Baltimore on 1/2/05).
  • In his third year from Ohio State, this is Ginn’s first career Player of the Week award.  Ginn is the first Dolphins return specialist to win the award since WES WELKER in 2004 (Week 5).


  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

Other nominees for AFC Offensive Player of Week 8 were:

    ·     Baltimore quarterback JOE FLACCO, who completed 20 of 25 passes (80.0 percent) for 175 yards with one touchdown versus zero interceptions and a 109.2 passer rating in a 30-7 win over the Broncos.

    ·     San Diego wide receiver VINCENT JACKSON, who recorded eight receptions for 103  yards (12.9 average) with one touchdown in a 24-16 win over the Raiders.

  • Jacksonville running back MAURICE JONES-DREW, who rushed for a career-high 177 yards and two touchdowns.  He became only the third player in NFL history with two rushing touchdowns of 75-plus rushing yards in the same game, joining BARRY SANDERS (10/12/97) and FRANK GORE (9/20/09).

    ·     Indianapolis wide receiver REGGIE WAYNE, who tied his career-high with 12 catches for 147 receiving yards (12.3 average) with one touchdown in a 18-14 win against the San Francisco 49ers

Other nominees for AFC Defensive Player of Week 8 were:

    ·     Buffalo rookie safety JAIRUS BYRD, who recorded two interceptions in a 31-10 loss against Houston.

    ·     Denver linebacker ANDRA DAVIS, who registered nine tackles and two tackles for loss.

    ·     Baltimore linebacker JARRET JOHNSON, who totaled six tackles, one sack and one pass defensed.

    ·     San Diego linebacker SHAWNE MERRIMAN, who totaled seven tackles and two sacks. 

  • Miami linebacker-defensive end JASON TAYLOR, who recorded a 48-yard fumble return touchdown.  Taylor’s sixth fumble recovery for a touchdown set a new NFL record surpassing the five by Atlanta’s JESSIE TUGGLE.

Other nominee for AFC Special Teams Player of Week 8 was:

    ·     Baltimore rookie cornerback-kick-returner LARDARIUS WEBB, who returned two kicks for 112 yards (56.0 average), including a 95-yard KR-TD (career-first).


      NFC-POW-8    11/4/09



Quarterback BRETT FAVRE of the Minnesota Vikings, defensive end JULIUS PEPPERS of the Carolina Panthers and kicker JOSH BROWN of the St. Louis Rams are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the eighth week of the 2009 season (November 1-2), the NFL announced today.


  • Favre completed 17 of 28 passes (60.7 percent) for 244 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 128.6 passer rating in the Vikings’ 38-26 win over Green Bay.
  • Starting his 119th career game at Lambeau Field, but first against the Packers, Favre recorded his 21st four-touchdown performance, tying Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO for the most such games in NFL history. 
  • The victory was Favre’s 90th at Lambeau Field and he joined Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHN ELWAY (Mile High Stadium) as the only quarterbacks since the 1970 merger to win at least 90 games at one venue. 
  • Favre also set an all-time NFL record for passing yardage at one stadium.  He has now passed for 28,028 yards at Lambeau Field, surpassing Elway’s mark of 27,889 at Mile High Stadium. 
  • In his 19th season from Southern Miss, this is Favre’s 15th career Player of the Week Award, tied for the third-most (Elway) since the award was introduced in 1984. 
  • This is the second Player of the Week Award for Favre this year (Week 4).  He is the first Vikings quarterback to be honored twice in the same season since DAUNTE CULPEPPER in 2004.


  • Peppers had a 13-yard interception-return touchdown, a sack and a forced fumble in the Panthers’ 34-21 win at Arizona. 
  • In the second quarter, Peppers recorded the fifth interception of his career and returned it 13 yards for his third career touchdown.  It marked the first interception-return touchdown for the Panthers since 2007 (RICHARD MARSHALL, 73 yards, December 2 vs. San Francisco). 
  • In the fourth quarter, Peppers had a sack and forced fumble that was recovered by defensive end TYLER BRAYTON.  That turnover led to a Carolina field goal. 
  • Peppers has six sacks and two forced fumbles in the past four games.
  • In his eighth season from North Carolina, this is Peppers’ third Player of the Week Award.  He previously was honored in Week 10, 2006 and Week 10, 2008. 
  • Peppers is the first player in franchise history to be named Defensive Player of the Week three times.


  • Brown kicked a 41-yard field goal, converted both PATs and threw a 36-yard touchdown pass in the Rams’ 17-10 win at Detroit. 
  • He accounted for 11 of the team’s 17 points and gave the Rams a 10-2 lead when he threw the first touchdown pass of his career – on the first pass attempt of his career – to tight end DANIEL FELLS
  • On fourth-and-eight from the Detroit 36-yard line, the Rams lined up in a field goal formation.  Long snapper RYAN NEILL snapped the ball to holder DONNIE JONES, who flipped the ball Brown.  Brown rolled to his left and threw to Fells, who scored the touchdown. 
  • The win was the first of the season for the Rams and the first NFL victory for rookie head coach STEVE SPAGNUOLO.
  • In his seventh season from Nebraska, this is Brown’s fourth career Player of the Week Award and first as a member of the Rams.  He previously was honored in 2005 (Week 7) and 2006 (Weeks 6 and 12) with Seattle. 
  • Brown is the second kicker in franchise history to be named Special Teams Player of the Week.  He joins JEFF WILKINS who was honored twice (Week 15, 2002 and Week 1, 2006)


  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

Other nominees for NFC Offensive Player of Week 8:

  • Green Bay tight end SPENCER HAVNER, who had two touchdown receptions in the Packers’ 38-26 loss to Minnesota. 
  • St. Louis running back STEVEN JACKSON, who rushed for 149 yards and one touchdown.  Jackson finished with 166 total yards from scrimmage. 
  • Philadelphia quarterback DONOVAN MC NABB, who completed 17 of 23 passes (73.9 percent) for 240 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 146.7 passer rating in the Eagles’ 40-17 win over the New York Giants.   
  • Carolina running back DE ANGELO WILLIAMS, who rushed for 158 yards and averaged 6.9 yards per carry.

Other nominees for NFC Defensive Player of Week 8:

  • Minnesota defensive end JARED ALLEN, who had five tackles and three sacks.
  • New Orleans cornerback JABARI GREER, who had six tackles, three passes defensed and a 48-yard interception-return touchdown in the Saints’ 35-27 victory over Atlanta. 
  • Chicago safety DANIEAL MANNING, who had six tackles, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in the Bears’ 30-6 win over Cleveland. 

Other nominees for NFC Special Teams Player of Week 8:

  • Dallas punt returner-wide receiver PATRICK CRAYTON, who had an 82-yard punt return touchdown in the Cowboys’ 38-17 win over Seattle. 
  • Minnesota rookie kick returner-wide receiver PERCY HARVIN, who returned five kickoffs for 175 yards (35.0 average), including a long of 77 yards.  Also added five receptions for 84 yards and one touchdown.   
  • Philadelphia kick returner-cornerback ELLIS HOBBS, who averaged 29.3 yards per return, including two returns that set up touchdowns. 
  • Philadelphia punter SAV ROCCA, who had a net average of 44.0 yards per punt, placing two of his three punts inside the 20-yard line. 

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