TheSTN – NFL: AFC Players of the Week Announced

Quarterback TOM BRADY of the New England Patriots, linebacker WESLEY WOODYARD of the Denver Broncos and rookie defensive end OLIVIER VERNON of the Miami Dolphins are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the eighth week of the 2012 season (October 25, 28-29), the NFL announced today.

OFFENSE: QB TOM BRADY, NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

  • Brady passed for 304 yards with four touchdowns versus zero interceptions and a 131.1 passer rating in a 45-7 win over St. Louis in the NFL’s International Series game in London, England.
  • Joined BRETT FAVRE (72), PEYTON MANNING (68) and Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (62) as the fourth player in NFL history with 50 career games with at least three touchdown passes.
  • Brady’s four touchdown passes led the NFL in Week 8.
  • Brady registered the 50th 300-yard passing game of his career, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer WARREN MOON (49) for the seventh-most 300-yard passing games in NFL history.
  • Brady extended his touchdown pass streak to 40 consecutive games, trailing only DREW BREES (50) and Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHNNY UNITAS (47) for the longest streak in NFL history.
  • Through Week 8, Brady leads the NFL with 2,408 passing yards.
  • In his 13th season from Michigan, this is Brady’s 22nd Player of the Week award, tying PEYTON MANNNG (22) for the most Player of the Week awards since the accolade was instituted in 1984. Brady most recently won the award in Week 4 of the 2012 season.

DEFENSE: LB WESLEY WOODYARD, DENVER BRONCOS

  • Woodyard registered a team-high 13 tackles, one sack, one interception, two passes defensed and one forced fumble in the Broncos’ 34-14 win over New Orleans
  • Became the first player in the NFL since 2007 (NAPOLEON HARRIS with Kansas City) to record double-digit tackles, a sack, an interception and a forced fumble in a single game.
  • In the second quarter, Woodyard registered his second interception of the season when he picked off Saints quarterback DREW BREES at the Broncos’ 36.
  • Woodyard led a Broncos defense that limited the Saints to 252 total net yards (201 passing; 51 rushing) and held Brees to a season-low 213 passing yards.
  • Helped hold New Orleans to an eight percent (one of 12) conversion rate on third downs.
  • In his fifth season from Kentucky, this is Woodyard’s first career Defensive Player of the Week award.
  • He joins TRACY PORTER (Week 1) as the second Bronco to win Defensive Player of the Week honors this season.

SPECIAL TEAMS: DE OLIVIER VERNON, MIAMI DOLPHINS

  • Vernon recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown and blocked a 35-yard field goal attempt in the Dolphins’ 30-9 win over the New York Jets.
  • In the first quarter, Vernon recovered a blocked punt by Dolphins safety JIMMY WILSON in the end zone for the game’s first touchdown and a 10-0 Dolphins lead.
  • In second quarter, Vernon blocked a 35-yard field goal attempt by Jets kicker NICK FOLK.
  • Helped the Dolphins become the first team in 20 years to block a punt, block a field goal and recover an onside kick in the same game.
  • Vernon also played in 39 of the Dolphins’ 82 snaps (48 percent) on defense.
  • In his rookie season from Miami, this is Vernon’s first career Special Teams Player of the Week Award
  • He is the first Dolphin to win Special Teams Player of the Week since DAN CARPENTER in 2010 (Week 8).

2012 AFC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

  Offense Defense Special Teams
Wk 1 QB Joe Flacco, Baltimore CB Tracy Porter, Denver PR-WR Jeremy Kerley, New York Jets
Wk 2 RB Reggie Bush, Miami DE J.J. Watt, Houston PR-CB Adam Jones, Cincinnati
Wk 3 RB Jamaal Charles, Kansas City DE Michael Johnson, Cincinnati KR-RB Darius Reynaud, Tennessee
Wk 4 QB Tom Brady, New England LB Donald Butler, San Diego K Matt Prater, Denver
Wk 5 WR Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis DT Randy Starks, Miami K Shaun Suisham, Pittsburgh
Wk 6 QB Peyton Manning, Denver S Jairus Byrd, Buffalo KR-WR Jacoby Jones, Baltimore
Wk 7 RB Chris Johnson, Tennessee DE Lamarr Houston, Oakland KR-DB Devin McCourty, New England
Wk 8 QB Tom Brady, New England LB Wesley Woodyard, Denver DE Olivier Vernon, Miami

Other nominees for AFC Offensive Player of Week 8 as submitted by AFC clubs:

  • Indianapolis rookie running back VICK BALLARD, who had a 16-yard game-winning touchdown reception in the Colts’ 19-13 overtime win at Tennessee.
  • New England tight end ROB GRONKOWSKI, who had eight receptions for 146 yards (18.3 average) with two touchdowns.
  • Denver quarterback PEYTON MANNING, who completed 22 of 30 passes (73.3 percent) for 305 yards with three touchdowns versus zero interceptions and a 138.9 passer rating.
  • Oakland running back DARREN MC FADDEN, who rushed for 114 yards on 29 carries (3.9 average) in the Raiders’ 26-16 win at Kansas City.
  • Cleveland rookie running back TRENT RICHARDSON, who rushed for 122 yards on 24 carries (5.1 average) with one touchdown in the Browns’ 7-6 win over San Diego.
  • New England running back STEVAN RIDLEY, who rushed for 127 yards on 15 carries (8.5 average) with one touchdown.
  • Pittsburgh quarterback BEN ROETHLISBERGER, who completed 24 of 33 passes (72.7 percent) for 222 yards with three touchdowns versus zero interceptions and a 121 passer rating in the Steelers’ 27-12 win over Washington.

Other nominees for AFC Defensive Player of Week 8 as submitted by AFC clubs:

  • Indianapolis linebacker JERRELL FREEMAN, who posted a team-high 14 tackles.
  • Pittsburgh linebacker LARRY FOOTE, who had six tackles and one sack.
  • Cleveland linebacker D’QWELL JACKSON, who had a game-high 14 tackles.
  • Oakland linebacker PHILIP WHEELER, who had 11 tackles and one sack.

Other nominees for AFC Special Teams Player of Week 8 as submitted by AFC clubs:

  • Denver kicker MATT PRATER, who made two field goals and registered touchbacks on all six kickoffs.
  • Oakland kicker SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI, who made four field goals (36, 35, 29, 32) and two extra points.
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