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Terence Newman Earned a Nomination for AFC Defensive Player of the Week

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Despite losing 31-23 to the Denver Broncos last Sunday, at least one defensive player earned some recognition in the NFL.

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Despite losing 31-23 last Sunday to the Denver Broncos, with a defense that allowed 359 yards of total offense and a god-awful 64 percent third down conversion, one player had moments to remember. Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Terence Newman posted two interceptions, earning a nomination for AFC Defensive Player of the Week, won by Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor.

Both of Newman's interceptions led to a combined 10 points for the Bengals, including prime field position for BenJarvus Green-Ellis' eventual touchdown early in the fourth quarter.

Yet when you factor everything together, he really didn't have that great of a game. Pro Football Focus assigned two of Manning's three touchdowns against Newman, who was seriously picked on with 11 attempts against receivers he covered. Sunday was also his highest yardage allowed and YAC this season.

There were several players from this game mentioned during the NFL's weekly awards.

Kickoff returner Trindon Holliday won the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week with a 105-yard kickoff return for touchdown, opening the second half. Von Miller generated a career-high three quarterback sacks, earning a nomination for AFC Defensive Player of the Week. Eric Decker was named as a nomination for AFC Offensive Player of the Week with two touchdown receptions and 99 yards receiving.