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Offensive Player of the Week: Ben Roethlisberger 40-49 522 yards 6 TDs 150.6 passer rating
Week eight was an explosive one offensively. This is evidenced by the fact that Tom Brady had as many touchdowns as incompletions (five), and four of those incompletions were drops, and he was clearly not the Player of the Week. Ben Roethlisberger put up numbers comparable to that of a college spread offense QB. He joined Y.A. Tittle as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to have at least 500 yards and 6 touchdowns without an interception, and his 522 yards is the 4th highest single game total ever. Big Ben has put on the performance of the season so far en route to his Steelers scoring 51 points (and they needed to if they wanted to outpace Andrew Luck’s offense), and the Steelers will need Roethlisberger to continue to hide a porous defense and aging secondary on the other side of the ball.
Honorable mention: Tom Brady, Emmanuel Sanders, Arian Foster, Golden Tate, Matt Forte, Rob Gronkowski, Jeremy Macklin, Drew Brees, Mark Ingram
Defensive Player of the Week: Anthony Barr 8 tackles 1 sack 1 forced fumble 1 fumble recovery 1 touchdown
Anthony Barr has lived up to his first round expectations, and that was evident on Sunday. The Vikings went to overtime in Tampa and on the first play of the extra period the rookie ended the game with a great strip, recovery, and return for a touchdown. He is also adept at rushing the passer and caused pressure and had a sack earlier in the game. He is winning Player of the Week because of the great play he made to decide the game, even though Kruger and Houston both had five tackles and three sacks and looked dominant all game.
Honorable mention: Paul Kruger, Justin Houston, CJ Mosley, Eric Weddle, Bashaud Breeland
Team Win of the Week: Washington Redskins
Nobody saw the Redskins coming into Dallas, who had the best record in the NFL, with their third string quarterback and getting a win. Colt McCoy came back to the state of Texas where he had a very successful college career and looked very much like he did then. McCoy went 25-30 for 299 yards and a rushing touchdown with his only flaw being repeatedly under throwing DeSean Jackson, who constantly found his way behind the Dallas secondary, and keeping would-be touchdowns into just long gains. The Redskins still didn’t have an answer for DeMarco Murray, who had 141 rushing yards and 80 receiving yards, but they limited Dez Bryant to just 3 catches on an impressive night from rookie corner Bashaud Breeland, they got stops in critical situations including the overtime drive that sealed the victory.
Honorable mention: Arizona Cardinals, New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints