OFFENSE: WR RANDY MOSS, NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
In a match-up of the NFL’s final two undefeated teams, Moss was a huge contributor as the Patriots prevailed 24-20 against the Colts and improved to 9-0. Moss hauled in nine receptions for 145 yards (16.1 average) with one touchdown. Moss posted his longest reception of the season on a 55-yard grab that resulted in a touchdown three plays later and narrowed the Colts’ lead to three points. He posted his sixth 100-yard receiving game of the season and the 52nd of his 10-year career. Moss’ four-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter was his 12th of the year and tied the franchise mark for most touchdown catches in a season (STANLEY MORGAN, 12 in 1979). In his 10th year from Marshall, this is Moss’ fifth Player of the Week Award and his first since Week 10 in 2001 with the Vikings.
DEFENSE: LB JAMES HARRISON, PITTSBURGH STEELERS
Harrison led the charge for the Steelers’ defense as the team extended its Monday night home win streak to 12 in a 38-7 victory over Baltimore. Harrison registered a career-high 3.5 sacks, nine tackles, one intercepton, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. The Steelers scored 14 points off of his forced turnovers. The former undrafted free agent also forced a fumble on special teams that was recovered by Pittsburgh and resulted in a touchdown on the ensuing drive. Harrison helped Pittsburgh limit the Ravens to 104 total yards on offense. Harrison’s 6.5 sacks lead the team and rank fourth in the AFC. In his fourth season from Kent State, this is Harrison’s first Player of the Week Award. Harrison is the second Steelers’ player to earn the honor this season (IKE TAYLOR, Week 5).
SPECIAL TEAMS: CB ANTONIO CROMARTIE, SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
Cromartie returned a 57-yard missed field goal 109 yards for the longest play in NFL history. The previous record for the longest play in history was 108 yards. DEVIN HESTER (11/12/06) and NATHAN VASHER (11/13/05) each returned a missed field goal 108 yards and ELLIS HOBBS (9/9/07) accomplished the feat on a kickoff return earlier this season. Cromartie’s touchdown was his third score in the past two games. The second-year cornerback registered two touchdowns last week against Houston, including a fumble recovery in the end zone and a 70-yard interception return for a score. In his second season from Florida State, this is Cromartie’s first Player of the Week Award and he is the second Charger to win Special Teams Player of the Week in consecutive weeks (MIKE SCIFRES).
Other nominees for AFC Offensive Player of Week 9 were:
- Indianapolis running back JOSEPH ADDAI, who gained 112 rushing yards on 26 carries and posted five receptions for 114 yards with one touchdown.
- Cleveland quarterback DEREK ANDERSON, who completed 29 of 48 passes (60.4 percent) for 364 yards and a 75.3 passer rating in a 33-30 overtime win over Seattle.
- Buffalo wide receiver LEE EVANS, who had nine catches for 165 yards and one touchdown in a 33-21 win over the Bengals.
- Kansas City tight end TONY GONZALEZ, who had 10 catches for 109 yards and one touchdown in a 33-22 loss.
- Buffalo quarterback J.P. LOSMAN, who completed 24 of 34 passes (70.6 percent) for 295 yards with one touchdown and a 94.6 passer rating.
- Buffalo running back MARSHAWN LYNCH, who had 29 carries for 153 yards with two touchdowns (1 passing, 1 rushing).
- Pittsburgh quarterback BEN ROETHLISBERGER, who completed 13 of 16 passes (81.3 percent) for 209 yards with career-high five touchdowns and a perfect 158.3 passer rating.
Other nominees for AFC Defensive Player of Week 9 were:
- Buffalo linebacker ANGELO CROWELL, who posted 14 tackles.
- Kansas City linebacker DONNIE EDWARDS, who totaled seven tackles.
- New England defensive end JARVIS GREEN, who had five tackles with 1.0 sack and one forced fumble.
- Tennessee defensive tackle ALBERT HAYNESWORTH, who led the team with eight tackles, including a career-high 3.0 sacks in a 20-7 win over Carolina.
- Buffalo cornerback TERRENCE MC GEE, who had two tackles and four passes defensed.
Other nominees for AFC Special Teams Player of Week 9 were:
- Kansas City punter DUSTIN COLQUITT, who had seven punts for 321 yards (45.9 average) with three punts inside the 20-yard line and a long of 56 yards.
- Buffalo kicker RIAN LINDELL, who had four field goals and set the NFL record for most consecutive extra points (237) converted to start a career.
- Jacksonville running back-kick returner MAURICE JONES-DREW, who recorded a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in a 41-21 loss to New Orleans.
- New England wide receiver-kick returner WES WELKER, who returned three punts for 60 yards (20.0 average) and one kickoff for 26 yards.
OFFENSE: RB ADRIAN PETERSON, MINNESOTA VIKINGS
Peterson rushed for an NFL single-game record 296 yards and scored three touchdowns in the Vikings’ 35-17 win over San Diego. Peterson carried the ball 30 times and averaged 9.9 yards per carry. In the second half, the rookie running back rushed for 253 yards. Peterson scored on a one-yard run in the first quarter, a 64-yard rush in the third and a 46-yard run in the fourth. The Vikings’ first-round selection in the 2007 NFL Draft (No. 7 overall), Peterson is the first rookie in NFL history to record two 200-yard rushing games. He rushed for 224 yards and three touchdowns in Week 6. Peterson currently leads the NFL with 1,036 rushing yards and is on pace to pass Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON (1,808) for the most rushing yards by a rookie. In his first season from Oklahoma, this is Peterson’s second career Player of the Week Award (Week 6). Peterson is the first running back to be named Offensive Player of the Week twice during his rookie year since 2000 (MIKE ANDERSON, Weeks 13-14).
DEFENSE: DT SHAUN ROGERS, DETROIT LIONS
Rogers had a career-high 2.5 sacks and recorded the first interception of his career, which he returned 66 yards for a touchdown in the Lions’ 44-7 victory over Denver. Rogers had a sack in the second quarter and then combined with defensive end COREY SMITH on a sack in the third. In the fourth quarter, Rogers had a sack and then followed that up shortly with his interception-return touchdown. The interception return was the longest by a Lions defensive lineman since 2000 (KELVIN PRITCHETT, 78 yards). Detroit’s defense had five sacks, three fumble recoveries, an interception and two touchdowns against Denver. In his seventh year from Texas, this is Rogers’ second career Player of the Week Award (Week 7, 2004). Rogers is the second Lion to be honored on defense this year (DEWAYNE WHITE, Week 1).
SPECIAL TEAMS: K SHAUN SUISHAM, WASHINGTON REDSKINS
Suisham converted all five of his field-goal attempts, including the game-winning 46-yarder in overtime as the Redskins defeated the New York Jets 23-20. Suisham’s career-high five field goals tied a club record. The game-winning kick marked Suisham’s second overtime field goal this season. For the game, Suisham kicked field goals of 46, 40, 22, 40 and 46 yards. He also successfully executed a surprise onside kick in the second quarter which set up the third of his five field goals. In his second season from Bowling Green, this is Suisham’s first career Player of the Week Award. Suisham joins CHIP LOHMILLER (Offense, Week 2, 1991) as the only Redskins kickers to be honored.
Other nominees for NFC Offensive Player of Week 9 were:
- New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES, who completed 35 of 49 passes (71.4 percent) for 445 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 119.9 passer rating in the Saints’ 41-24 win over Jacksonville.
- New Orleans wide receiver MARQUES COLSTON, who had 10 catches for 159 yards.
- Atlanta running back WARRICK DUNN, who rushed for a season-high 100 yards in the Falcons’ 20-16 victory over San Francisco.
- Green Bay quarterback BRETT FAVRE, who completed 24 of 30 passes (80.0 percent) for 360 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions for a 100.1 passer rating in the Packers’ 33-22 win at Kansas City.
- Tampa Bay running back EARNEST GRAHAM, who rushed for a career-high 124 yards with one touchdown in the Buccaneers’ 17-10 victory over Arizona.
- Green Bay wide receiver GREG JENNINGS, who had three receptions for 85 yards and two touchdowns (13 and 60 yards).
- Dallas wide receiver TERRELL OWENS, who had 10 catches for 174 yards and one touchdown in the Cowboys’ 38-17 win on Sunday night at Philadelphia.
- Washington running back CLINTON PORTIS, who rushed for 196 yards and a touchdown.
- Dallas quarterback TONY ROMO, who completed 20 of 25 passes (80.0 percent) for 324 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for a 141.7 passer rating.
Other nominees for NFC Defensive Player of Week 9 were:
- Tampa Bay rookie safety TANARD JACKSON, who had three tackles, five passes defensed and one interception.
- Washington rookie safety LA RON LANDRY, who recorded six tackles, one sack and a fumble recovery.
- New Orleans cornerback MIKE MC KENZIE, who had four tackles, three passes defensed and a 75-yard interception-return touchdown.
- Atlanta safety LAWYER MILLOY, who posted 11 tackles and an interception.
- Tampa Bay safety JERMAINE PHILLIPS, who had five tackles, two passes defensed and one interception.
- San Francisco rookie linebacker PATRICK WILLIS, who had a team-high 10 tackles and recorded the first sack of his career in the 49ers’ 20-16 loss at Atlanta.
- Green Bay cornerback CHARLES WOODSON, who had three tackles and a 46-yard interception-return touchdown in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
Other nominees for NFC Special Teams Player of Week 9 were:
- Tampa Bay punter JOSH BIDWELL, who averaged 49.7 yards on six punts, placing two inside the 20-yard line.
- Seattle wide receiver-punt returner-kick returner NATE BURLESON, who had a 94-yard punt-return touchdown in the Seahawks’ 33-30 overtime loss at Cleveland. Burleson is the first player in NFL history with three career punt-return touchdowns of at least 90 yards.
- Green Bay rookie kicker MASON CROSBY, who converted four of five field-goal attempts, including a long of 48 yards.
- Detroit kicker JASON HANSON, who scored 14 points and converted all three field-goal attempts.