TheSTN – NFL: NFC Players Of The Week Announced

Rookie quarterback ROBERT GRIFFIN III of the Washington Redskins, linebacker ALDON SMITH of the San Francisco 49ers and kicker DAN BAILEY of the Dallas Cowboys are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the 11th week of the 2012 season (November 15, 18-19), the NFL announced today.





  • Griffin completed 14 of 15 passes (93.3 percent) for 200 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 158.3 passer rating in the Redskins’ 31-6 win over Philadelphia. He also led the team with 84 rushing yards.
  • His 93.3 completion percentage is the highest by a quarterback with at least four touchdown passes since Pro Football Hall of Famer STEVE YOUNG (October 16, 1994).
  • Griffin’s 158.3 passer rating – which is the highest mark possible – is the best by a rookie in NFL history (minimum 15 attempts). The previous mark was 158.0 by BEN ROETHLISBERGER (December 5, 2004).
  • Griffin threw touchdown passes of 61, 49, 17 and six yards. With his 61-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver SANTANA MOSS, Griffin became the first player in NFL history with at least three 60-yard touchdown passes and a 60-yard touchdown run in a season.
  • He is the third quarterback in NFL history (RANDALL CUNNINGHAMMICHAEL VICK) to pass for at least 200 yards and four touchdowns and rush for 80 yards in a game.
  • In his rookie season from Baylor, this is Griffin’s second career Player of the Week Award (Week 1).
  • He is the first rookie quarterback to be named Player of the Week twice since the award started in 1984.


  • Smith had a career-high 5.5 sacks, seven tackles and forced two fumbles in the 49ers’ 32-7 win over Chicago.
  • His 5.5 sacks are the most ever on Monday Night Football and tied for the fifth-most in a game since the sack became an official statistic in 1982. Smith is only the fourth player to record at least 5.5 sacks in a game and the first since 2007 (OSI UMENYIORA, 6, September 30).
  • He has 29 career sacks, the most by a player in his first 26 games. His total also ranks third by a player in his first two NFL seasons, trailing Pro Football Hall of Famers REGGIE WHITE (31) andDERRICK THOMAS (30). Smith still has six games remaining in his second NFL season.
  • On Smith’s second forced fumble of the night, the play resulted in a safety.
  • In his second year from Missouri, this is Smith’s first career Player of the Week Award.
  • He is the second 49ers linebacker to be named NFC Defensive Player of the Week this season, joining PATRICK WILLIS (Week 4).


  • Bailey scored 11 points and converted all three field-goal attempts in the Cowboys’ 23-20 overtime win over Cleveland.
  • He sent the game into overtime with a 32-yard field goal with 0:02 remaining in the fourth quarter and then kicked the game-winner from 38 yards with 6:07 left in overtime. He also had a 44-yard field goal in the third quarter.
  • In his career, Bailey has converted 51 of 58 field-goal attempts (87.9 percent) and he is the most accurate kicker in franchise history.
  • In his second season from Oklahoma State, this is Bailey’s second career Player of the Week Award. He was honored in Week 3 last season.
  • Bailey joins BILLY CUNDIFF (2002-03) as the only kickers in franchise history to be named Special Teams Player of the Week in each of his first two NFL seasons.
  • This is the second consecutive week a Cowboy has been honored on special teams (DWAYNE HARRIS). It marks the first time Dallas has won Special Teams Player of the Week in consecutive weeks.




  Offense Defense Special Teams
Wk 1 QB Robert Griffin III, Washington DB Ronde Barber, Tampa Bay K Blair Walsh, Minnesota
Wk 2 WR Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants DE Calais Campbell, Arizona P Tim Masthay, Green Bay
Wk 3 WR Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona DE Chris Clemons, Seattle K Lawrence Tynes, New York Giants
Wk 4 QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay LB Patrick Willis, San Francisco K Greg Zuerlein, St. Louis
Wk 5 QB Drew Brees, New Orleans CB Charles Tillman, Chicago P Johnny Hekker, St. Louis
Wk 6 QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay S Antrel Rolle, New York Giants K Jason Hanson, Detroit
Wk 7 RB Adrian Peterson, Minnesota CB Charles Tillman, Chicago P Andy Lee, San Francisco
Wk 8 QB Alex Smith, San Francisco S Stevie Brown, New York Giants CB Davon House, Green Bay
Wk 9 RB Doug Martin, Tampa Bay LB Brian Urlacher, Chicago CB Sherrick McManis, Chicago
Wk 10 TE Jimmy Graham, New Orleans CB Richard Sherman, Seattle PR Dwayne Harris, Dallas
Wk 11 QB Robert Griffin III, Washington LB Aldon Smith, San Francisco K Dan Bailey, Dallas

Other nominees for NFC Offensive Player of Week 11 as submitted by NFC clubs:

  • Dallas wide receiver DEZ BRYANT, who had 12 catches for 145 yards and a touchdown.
  • Green Bay wide receiver RANDALL COBB, who had nine catches for 74 yards and the game-winning touchdown in the Packers’ 24-20 win at Detroit.
  • San Francisco quarterback COLIN KAEPERNICK, who completed 16 of 23 passes (69.6 percent) for 243 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 133.1 passer rating.
  • Tampa Bay rookie running back DOUG MARTIN, who rushed for 138 yards and had 161 scrimmage yards in the Buccaneers’ 27-21 overtime win at Carolina.

Other nominees for NFC Defensive Player of Week 11 as submitted by NFC clubs:

  • Atlanta defensive end JOHN ABRAHAM, who had five tackles, two sacks and forced a fumble that was returned for a  touchdown in the Falcons’ 23-19 win over Arizona.
  • Tampa Bay defensive end MICHAEL BENNETT, who had a sack and five tackles.
  • Green Bay rookie cornerback CASEY HAYWARD, who had five passes defensed, four tackles and an interception.
  • New Orleans safety MALCOLM JENKINS, who had a 55-yard interception-return touchdown and six tackles in the Saints’ 38-17 win at Oakland.
  • Green Bay safety M.D. JENNINGS, who had a 72-yard interception-return touchdown and two tackles.
  • Washington linebacker RYAN KERRIGAN, who had a sack, forced fumble, fumble recovery and three tackles.
  • Dallas linebacker ANTHONY SPENCER, who had a sack, forced fumble, fumble recovery, one pass defensed and six tackles.



Other nominees for NFC Special Teams Player of Week 11 as submitted by NFC clubs:

  • Tampa Bay linebacker JACOB CUTRERA, who had a special teams tackle and forced a fumble.
  • San Francisco punter ANDY LEE, who had a net average of 47.3 yards per punt and limited the Bears to three returns for minus-one yard.


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