TheSTN – NFL: AFC Players Of The Week Announced

Rookie quarterback ANDREW LUCK of the Indianapolis Colts, cornerback IKE TAYLOR of the Pittsburgh Steelers and kick returner-wide receiver TRINDON HOLLIDAY of the Denver Broncos are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the ninth week of the 2012 season (November 1, 4-5), the NFL announced today.




  • Luck completed 30 of 48 passes (62.5 percent) for 433 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 105.6 passer rating in the Colts’ 23-20 win over Miami.
  • Luck’s 433 passing yards were the most by a rookie in a game in NFL history, besting the previous mark of 432 yards set by CAM NEWTON last season.
  • His 433 passing yards are the most by an AFC quarterback in a game in 2012.
  • Through Week 9, Luck has 2,404 passing yards, tied for the second-most in the AFC.
  • Luck has four 300-yard passing games, tied with PEYTON MANNING (1998) for the most by a rookie in a season all-time.
  • In his rookie season from Stanford, this is Luck’s first Player of the Week Award. He is the first Colts quarterback to win Offensive Player of the Week honors since PEYTON MANNING in 2010 (Week 14). Luck joins wide receiver REGGIE WAYNE (Week 5) as the second Colt to win the award this season.


  • Taylor registered seven tackles, one interception and one pass defensed in the Steelers’ 24-20 win over the New York Giants.
  • In the first quarter, Taylor registered his first interception of the season when he picked off Giants quarterback ELI MANNING at the Steelers’ 39-yard line.
  • Taylor played a key role for a Steeler defense that limited the Giants to 182 total net yards (114 passing, 68 rushing).
  • Helped hold Manning to 125 passing yards, the fewest yards he has recorded in a regular-season game since December 28, 2008 at Minnesota.
  • Through Week 9, Pittsburgh allows an NFL-low 262.6 yards per game.
  • In his 10th season from Louisiana-Lafayette, this is Taylor’s second career Defensive Player of the Week Award. He previously won the award in 2007 (Week 5).
  • He is the first Steelers cornerback to win Defensive Player of the Week since 2008 (TYRONE CARTER, Week 17).


  • Holliday registered a 105-yard kickoff-return touchdown in the Broncos’ 31-23 win at Cincinnati.
  • His return was the longest kickoff-return touchdown in Broncos history.
  • Holliday’s KR-TD was the first by a Bronco since CASSIUS VAUGHN registered a 97-yard KR-TD on January 2, 2011.
  • Registered the 11th KR-TD in franchise history.
  • Holliday’s 105-yard kickoff return-touchdown tied for the second-longest in the NFL this season.
  • In his second season from Louisiana State, this is Holliday’s first career Special Teams Player of the Week Award.
  • He is the first Broncos returner to win Special Teams Player of the Week since EDDIE ROYAL in 2011 (Week 9). Holliday joins kicker MATT PRATER (Week 4) as the second Bronco to win the award this season.


  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
Wk 9 QB Andrew Luck, Indianapolis CB Ike Taylor, Pittsburgh KR-WR Trindon Holliday, Denver

Other nominees for AFC Offensive Player of Week 9 as submitted by AFC clubs:

  • Denver wide receiver ERIC DECKER, who had eight receptions for 99 yards (12.4 average) with two touchdowns.
  • Houston running back ARIAN FOSTER, who rushed for 111 yards on 24 carries (4.6 average) in the Texans’ 21-9 win over Buffalo.
  • Pittsburgh running back ISAAC REDMAN, who rushed for 147 yards on 26 carries (5.7 average) with one touchdown.
  • Cleveland rookie running back TRENT RICHARDSON, who rushed for 105 yards on 25 carries (4.2 average) in the Browns’ 25-15 loss to Baltimore.
  • San Diego quarterback PHILIP RIVERS, who completed 18 of 20 passes (90 percent) for 220 yards with two touchdowns versus one interception and a 125 passer rating in the Chargers’ 31-13 win over Kansas City.
  • Houston quarterback MATT SCHAUB, who completed 19 of 27 passes (70.4 percent) for 268 yards with two touchdowns versus zero interceptions and a 126.8 passer rating.
  • Miami rookie quarterback RYAN TANNEHILL, who completed 22 of 38 passes for 290 yards (57.9 percent) with one touchdown and a 90.9 passer rating in a 23-20 loss at Indianapolis.

Other nominees for AFC Defensive Player of Week 9 as submitted by AFC clubs:

  • Denver linebacker VON MILLER, who had six tackles and a career-high three sacks.
  • Cincinnati cornerback TERENCE NEWMAN, who had four tackles, two interceptions and four passes defensed in the Bengals’ 31-23 loss over Denver.
  • Baltimore safety ED REED, who had five tackles, one interception and three passes defensed in the Ravens’ 25-15 win at Cleveland.
  • San Diego linebacker DEMORRIO WILLIAMS, who had a 59-yard interception-return touchdown.

Other nominees for AFC Special Teams Player of Week 9 as submitted by AFC clubs:

  • Cleveland kicker PHIL DAWSON, who made five field goals (32, 28, 29, 33, 41).
  • Pittsburgh wide receiver-punt returner EMMANUEL SANDERS, who returned three punts for 76 yards (25.3 average), including a career-long of 63 yards.


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