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NFL Players of the Week (week #4)

AFC

OFFENSE: QB DAUNTE CULPEPPER, OAKLAND RAIDERS
In Culpepper’s first start as a Raider, he totaled five touchdowns and became only the second quarterback in history with three rushing touchdowns and two passing touchdowns in a game (JAKE PLUMMER, Arizona, 11/22/98). Culpepper posted a 102.4 passer rating in a 35-17 win over the Dolphins. Culpepper also rushed for 28 yards (4.0 average) on seven carries with three rushing touchdowns (2, 5 and 3 yards). In his ninth year from Central Florida, this is Culpepper’s ninth Player of the Week Award.

DEFENSE: CB JABARI GREER, BUFFALO BILLS
The fourth-year cornerback played a key role in the Bills’ 17-14 win against the Jets for the team’s first victory of the season. Greer’s fourth-quarter interception set up what proved to be the game-winning touchdown. Greer took over for injured cornerback ASHTON YOUBOTY in the first half and went on to record five tackles, two passes defensed and his first career interception. In his fourth year from Tennessee, this is Greer’s first Player of the Week Award.

SPECIAL TEAMS: K DAVE RAYNER, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
In a 30-16 road win over the Chargers, Rayner tied a career-high by converting all three of his field goal attempts (21, 25 and 41 yards). Rayner also connected on three PATs to tie his career-high with 12 points. Rayner was signed by the Chiefs on September 11 and in three games he has made six of seven field goals (85.7 percent) and all five PATs. In his third season from Michigan State, this is Rayner’s first Player of the Week Award.

Other nominees for AFC Offensive Player of Week 4 were:

  • Browns quarterback DEREK ANDERSON, who completed 10 of 18 passes (55.6 percent) for 204 yards with two touchdowns and a 109.5 passer rating in a 27-13 win over the Ravens.
  • Kansas City rookie wide receiver DWAYNE BOWE, who posted eight receptions for a career-high 164 yards (20.5 average) and one touchdown.
  • Miami running back RONNIE BROWN, who rushed for 134 yards (8.9 average) on 15 carries with one touchdown and six receptions for 73 yards (12.2 average) in a 35-17 loss to the Raiders.
  • Buffalo rookie quarterback TRENT EDWARDS, who completed 22 of 28 passes (78.6 percent) for 234 yards and one touchdown with one interception.
  • Oakland running back JUSTIN FARGAS, who rushed for a career-high 179 yards (8.1 average) on a 22 carries.
  • Pittsburgh wide receiver SANTONIO HOLMES, who tied his career-high with six receptions and set careerhighs with 128 yards (21.3 avg.) and two touchdowns in the Steelers’ 21-14 loss at Arizona.
  • New England wide receiver RANDY MOSS, who caught nine passes for 102 yards (11.3 average) and two touchdowns in a 34-13 win over the Bengals.

Other nominees for AFC Defensive Player of Week 4 were:

  • Buffalo linebacker ANGELO CROWELL, who posted a game-high 11 tackles.
  • Kansas City linebacker DERRICK JOHNSON, who led the team with three tackles, one interception and forced a fumble.
  • Buffalo defensive back TERRENCE MC GEE, who had three tackles, one interception and two passes defensed.
  • New England cornerback ASANTE SAMUEL, who posted four tackles, one interception and two passes defensed.
  • Oakland defensive tackle GERARD WARREN, who recorded three tackles with one sack.

Other nominee for AFC Special Teams Player of Week 4 was:

  • Cleveland punt returner-kick returner JOSHUA CRIBBS, who returned three kickoffs for 94 yards (31.3 average).

NFC

OFFENSE: QB BRETT FAVRE, GREEN BAY PACKERS
In Green Bay’s 23-16 win at Minnesota, Favre threw two touchdowns and passed Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (420) for the most touchdown passes in NFL history. The 17-year veteran completed 32 of 45 passes (71.1 percent) for 344 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 108.0 passer rating as the Packers improved to 4-0. Favre threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver GREG JENNINGS in the first quarter to set the record with his 421st career TD. In the fourth quarter, with Green Bay leading 16-9, Favre tossed a 33-yard touchdown to rookie wide receiver JAMES JONES for the winning points. In his 17th season from Southern Mississippi, this is Favre’s 12th career Offensive Player of the Week Award and second this season (Week 2).

DEFENSE: DE OSI UMENYIORA, NEW YORK GIANTS
Umenyiora had a career-high and franchise-record 6.0 sacks and forced two fumbles in the Giants’ 16-3 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night. Umenyiora’s 6.0 sacks tied for the second-most in a game in NFL history (7.0, DERRICK THOMAS, 11/11/90) and the Giants tied the NFL single-game record with 12. New York held the Eagles to 190 total yards of offense, including 76 net passing yards. In his fifth year from Troy State, this is Umenyiora’s first career Defensive Player of the Week Award. He was named the NFC Special Teams Player of Week 17 in 2003.

SPECIAL TEAMS: PR-KR STEVE BREASTON, ARIZONA CARDINALS
Arizona’s fifth-round pick (No. 142) in the 2007 NFL Draft had a 73-yard punt-return touchdown in the fourth quarter to put the Cardinals ahead for good in the team’s 21-14 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Breaston finished the day with 101 punt-return yards (25.3-yard average) and 55 kickoff-return yards (27.5). The punt-return touchdown was the first by a Cardinal since 1993 (JOHNNY BAILEY) and Breaston became the first Cardinal rookie since 1986 (VAI SIKAHEMA) to return a punt for a score. In his rookie season from Michigan, this is Breaston’s first career Player of the Week Award.

Other nominees for NFC Offensive Player of Week 4 were:

  • Seattle wide receiver DEION BRANCH, who had seven catches for 130 yards (18.6 average) in the Seahawks’ 23-3 win at San Francisco.
  • Arizona wide receiver LARRY FITZGERALD, who had 11 catches for 123 yards.
  • Seattle quarterback MATT HASSELBECK, who completed 23 of 31 passes (74.2 percent) for 281 yards with two touchdowns and one interception for a 109.7 passer rating.
  • Tampa Bay wide receiver IKE HILLIARD, who had seven receptions for 114 yards (16.3 average) in the Buccaneers’ 20-7 win at Carolina.
  • Atlanta wide receiver MICHAEL JENKINS, who had a team-high six catches for 64 yards and a career high two touchdowns in Atlanta’s 26-16 victory over Houston.
  • Detroit quarterback JON KITNA, who completed 20 of 24 passes (83.3 percent) for 247 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 137.3 passer rating in the Lions’ 37-27 win over Chicago.
  • Dallas quarterback TONY ROMO, who completed 21 of 33 passes (63.6 percent) for 339 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for a 115.6 passer rating in the Cowboys’ 35-7 victory over St. Louis. Romo added three carries for 24 yards and one touchdown.

Other nominees for NFC Defensive Player of Week 4 were:

  • Green Bay safety ATARI BIGBY, who had four tackles, an interception and forced a fumble.
  • Atlanta linebacker MICHAEL BOLEY, who led the team with nine tackles and forced a fumble.
  • Detroit defensive end JARED DE VRIES, who had five tackles, 3.0 sacks and two forced fumbles.
  • Arizona defensive tackle DARNELL DOCKETT, who had a career-high 3.0 sacks and forced a fumble.
  • Tampa Bay rookie defensive tackle GREG PETERSON, who posted three tackles, 1.0 sack, a fumble recovery and one pass defensed.
  • Seattle linebacker JULIAN PETERSON, who had four tackles, a career-high 3.0 sacks and two forced fumbles.
  • Tampa Bay linebacker BARRETT RUUD, who had eight tackles, forced a fumble and had one pass defensed.
  • Seattle cornerback MARCUS TRUFANT, who had a career-high two interceptions and added four passes defensed and three tackles.
  • Arizona safety ADRIAN WILSON, who intercepted a pass in the end zone to keep the score tied 7-7 in the Cardinals’ victory.

Other nominees for NFC Special Teams Player of Week 4 were:

  • Chicago punt returner-kick returner DEVIN HESTER, who returned seven kickoffs for 219 yards, including a 97-yard touchdown, and five punts for 95 yards. Hester’s 314 combined kick-return yards were the second-most in NFL history (347, TYRONE HUGHES, 1994).
  • Green Bay punter JON RYAN, who averaged 49.0 yards per punt with a 44.3-yard net average and ran for
    a first-down on a fake punt.