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NFL Players of the Week -- Week #8

AFC

OFFENSE: RB JOSEPH ADDAI, INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
Addai led the charge on offense as the Colts improved to 7-0 with a 31-7 road victory over the Panthers. Addai totaled 23 carries for 100 yards (4.3 average) and three touchdowns (2 rushing, 1 receiving). The second-year back recorded his third 100-yard rushing game of the season and became the first Colts’ player to record a rushing and receiving touchdown in the same game since 2000. Through Week 8, Addai leads the league with seven rushing touchdowns and has reached the end zone in five his of past six games this season. In his second year from LSU, this is Addai’s second Player of the Week Award. Addai last won the award in Week 12 in 2006.

DEFENSE: LB MIKE VRABEL, NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
In a 52-7 win over Washington, Vrabel was a key factor as the Patriots pushed their record to 8-0. The 11th-year veteran recorded 13 tackles and tied his career-high with three sacks and three forced fumbles. Each of Vrabel’s three sacks forced fumbles, which resulted in 17 points off turnovers. Vrabel also registered his second touchdown reception of the season and 10th of his career, including the postseason. He ranks second in the AFC with 7.5 sacks and leads all NFL linebackers. In his 11th season from Ohio State, this is Vrabel’s first Player of the Week Award.

SPECIAL TEAMS: P MIKE SCIFRES, SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
The Chargers prevailed over the Texans 35-10 for their third consecutive win, and Scifres led the way on special teams, punting five times and pinning the Texans inside their 20-yard line all five times (16, 6, 14, 6, and 1-yard lines). The Chargers limited Houston to 13 punt return yards (4.3 average). Scifres tallied a career-high 50.2 net average and had a season-best 63-yard punt. On the season, Scifres ranks fourth in the AFC with a 38.4 net average. In his fourth season from Western Illinois, this is Scifres’ first Player of the Week Award. Had career-high 50.2 net average and had a season-best 63-yard punt. On the season, Scifres ranks fourth in the AFC with a 38.4 net average. In his fourth season from Western Illinois, this is Scifres’ first Player of the Week Award.

Other nominees for AFC Offensive Player of Week 7 were:

  • New England quarterback TOM BRADY, who completed 29 of 38 passes (76.3 percent) for 306 yards with three touchdowns and a 125.5 passer rating. Brady also contributed two rushing touchdowns.
  • Cleveland wide receiver BRAYLON EDWARDS, who tied career-high with eight receptions for 117 yards and two touchdowns in the Browns’ 27-20 win over St. Louis.
  • Buffalo wide receiver LEE EVANS, who had five catches for 138 yards and one touchdown in a 13-3 win over the Jets.
  • San Diego tight end ANTONIO GATES, who had three receptions for 92 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Pittsburgh running back WILLIE PARKER, who had 22 carries for 126 yards with one TD in a 24-13 victory over the Bengals.
  • Pittsburgh quarterback BEN ROETHLISBERGER, who completed 19 of 26 passes (73.1 percent) for 230 yards with two touchdowns and a 109.5 passer rating.

Other nominees for AFC Defensive Player of Week 8 were:

  • San Diego defensive back ANTONIO CROMARTIE, who posted a career-high two interceptions, including a 70-yard interception return for a touchdown. Cromartie also scored on a fumble recovery in the end zone.
  • Buffalo linebacker ANGELO CROWELL, who recorded eight tackles and one sack.
  • Buffalo defensive end AARON SCHOBEL, who had five tackles, two forced fumbles and one sack.
  • Pittsburgh safety ANTHONY SMITH, who had eight tackles.

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

  • Buffalo punter BRIAN MOORMAN, who had six punts for 206 yards (34.3 avg.) with three punts inside the 20-yard line.

2007 AFC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

  Offense Defense Special Teams
Wk 1 RB Chris Brown, Tennessee DE Mario Williams, Houston KR-CB Ellis Hobbs, New England
Wk 2 QB Derek Anderson, Cleveland S Bob Sanders, Indianapolis K Jason Elam, Denver
Wk 3 QB Tom Brady, New England LB Keith Bulluck, Tennessee WR-KR Yamon Figurs, Baltimore
Wk 4 QB Daunte Culpepper, Oakland CB Jabari Greer, Buffalo K Dave Rayner, Kansas City
Wk 5 QB Philip Rivers, San Diego CB Ike Taylor, Pittsburgh K Kris Brown, Houston
Wk 6 QB Tom Brady, New England DE Paul Spicer, Jacksonville K Matt Stover, Baltimore
Wk 7 QB Tom Brady, New England DE Dwight Freeney, Indianapolis K Rob Bironas, Tennessee
Wk 8 RB Joseph Addai, Indianapolis LB Mike Vrabel, New England P Mike Scifres, San Diego

NFC

OFFENSE: QB DREW BREES, NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Brees completed 31 of 39 passes (79.5 percent) for a season-high 336 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 136.8 passer rating in the Saints’ 31-10 victory at San Francisco. In the first half, Brees completed 21 of 26 passes (80.8 percent) for 222 yards with three touchdowns and a 140.7 rating as the Saints jumped out to a 24-0 lead. Brees threw three scoring strikes to wide receiver MARQUES COLSTON (17, 3 and 15 yards) and added a two-yard TD pass to wide receiver TERRANCE COPPER New Orleans has now won three games in a row and the team is averaging 27.0 points per game in those contests. In his seventh season from Purdue, this is Brees’ fifth career Player of the Week Award and third with the Saints. He was honored twice last season in Weeks 9 and 14.

DEFENSE: DE TRENT COLE, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
In the Eagles’ 23-16 win at Minnesota, Cole led the team with 13 tackles, three tackles for a loss and two sacks. The Eagles allowed 256 total yards and held the NFL’s leading rusher, ADRIAN PETERSON, to 70 yards on 20 carries (3.5 average). Cole leads the NFL with nine sacks this season, including 7.5 in the past five games. This game marked Cole’s eighth multi-sack performance in his career. In his third year from Cincinnati, this is Cole’s first career Player of the Week Award. Cole is the first Eagles defensive end to win Defensive Player of the Week honors since 2002 (N.D. KALU, Week 13).

SPECIAL TEAMS: K JASON HANSON, DETROIT LIONS
Hanson scored 10 of Detroit’s 16 points, connecting on three of four field goal attempts and one PAT in the Lions’ 16-7 road win over Chicago. Hanson became the seventh player in NFL history to kick at least three field goals in 50 games and moved into 12th place on the NFL’s all-time scoring list with 1,591 points. Hanson kicked a 52-yard field goal in the second quarter, the 31st 50-yarder of his career and the longest by a Lions kicker at Chicago in the history of the series that dates back to 1930. Hanson also handled kickoffs, notching one touchback and helping to limit Bears Pro Bowl return specialist DEVIN HESTER to one return (20 yards). In his 16th season from Washington State, this is Hanson’s 10th career Player of the Week Award. Hanson’s 10 career Special Teams honors are tied for the second-most in NFL history (ADAM VINATIERI) behind JOHN CARNEY‘s 12.

Other nominees for NFC Offensive Player of Week 8 were:

  • Green Bay quarterback BRETT FAVRE, who completed 21 of 27 passes (77.8 percent) for 331 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 142.4 passer rating in the Packers’ 19-13 overtime win at Denver.
  • New York Giants running back BRANDON JACOBS, who had a career-high 131 yards on 23 carries (5.7 average) in the Giants’ 13-10 victory over Miami in London.
  • Green Bay wide receiver GREG JENNINGS, who had six catches for a career-high 141 yards, including a game-winning 82-yard touchdown catch in overtime.
  • Detroit running back KEVIN JONES, who rushed for 105 yards and one touchdown.
  • Philadelphia quarterback DONOVAN MC NABB, who completed 23 of 36 passes (63.9 percent) for 333 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions for a 103.1 passer rating.

Other nominee for NFC Defensive Player of Week 8 was:

  • Green Bay defensive end AARON KAMPMAN, who had three sacks and six tackles.

Other nominees for NFC Special Teams Player of Week 8 were:

  • Philadelphia rookie punter SAV ROCCA, who tied a franchise record with a 52.8-yard gross average, including punts of 64 and 65 yards in the fourth quarter.
  • Green Bay punter JON RYAN, who punted four times for a 52.3-yard average, including a long of 61 yards.

2007 NFC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

  Offense Defense Special Teams
Wk 1 QB Tony Romo, Dallas DE Dewayne White, Detroit K Mason Crosby, Green Bay
Wk 2 QB Brett Favre, Green Bay LB Barrett Ruud, Tampa Bay PR-KR Devin Hester, Chicago
Wk 3 RB Brian Westbrook, Philadelphia CB Anthony Henry, Dallas LB Lance Laury, Seattle
Wk 4 QB Brett Favre, Green Bay DE Osi Umenyiora, NY Giants PR-KR Steve Breaston, Arizona
Wk 5 QB Jason Campbell, Washington CB Rod Hood, Arizona K Nick Folk, Dallas
Wk 6 RB Adrian Peterson, Minnesota CB Charles Woodson, Green Bay WR-PR-KR Devin Hester, Chicago
Wk 7 QB Brian Griese, Chicago DE Osi Umenyiora, NY Giants WR-PR-KR Nate Burleson, Seattle
Wk 8 QB Drew Brees, New Orleans DE Trent Cole, Philadelphia K Jason Hanson, Detroit