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Offensive Player of the Week: Ryan Fitzpatrick 24-33 358 yards 6 TDs
Ryan Fitzpatrick had a career day against the Titans. He spread the ball around finding five different players for touchdowns, including J.J. Watt. Fitzpatrick also threw accurately into tight windows and left Tennessee’s defenders off balance all day. DeAndre Hopkins continued his emergence as a receiving threat in his second season, using his massive hands to compile 238 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Houston has a strong running game, so when Fitzpatrick plays well they are difficult to deal with, as shown by their 45 point performance in week 13. Another impressive part of Fitzpatrick’s day was his six year old son multiplying 93 and 98 almost instantly in the post game interview; then again the elder Fitzpatrick is a Harvard graduate who has the highest score ever by a quarterback on the Wonderlic test.
Honorable mention: DeAndre Hopkins, Matt Stafford, Calvin Johnson, Colt McCoy, Andrew Luck, Coby Fleener, Philip Rivers, Julio Jones, Aaron Rodgers, CJ Anderson
Defensive Player of the Week: Robert Quinn 5 tackles 3 sacks 2 forced fumbles
Robert Quinn seems to be having a quiet year compared to his breakout season last year. He still is on pace for another double-digit sack season and he was anything but quiet on Sunday. When a team is shut out many players performed well on defense, but Quinn and his three sacks is probably the best performance of them all. The Rams beat Oakland 52-0 and probably would have won no matter what Quinn did, but he was their best player on either side and is their best player in the minds of most. Robert Quinn is a potential superstar, and the more he plays like he did on Sunday, the better the Rams will be.
Honorable mention: Fletcher Cox, Barry Church, Chris Borland, Bobby Wagner, Richard Sherman, Jerrell Freeman, JJ Watt, Nigel Bradham, Da’Norris Searcy, Luke Kuechly, Kenny Vaccaro, Jamie Collins, Demarcus Ware
Team Win of the Week: Green Bay Packers
This was a matchup many people believe will end up being a Super Bowl preview, and the Packers outplayed the Patriots at Lambeau Field. Aaron Rodgers was terrific as usual, finding a variety of different targets while the Packers defense had the Patriots contained in the first quarter. Tom Brady played well and usually was a step ahead of the Packer pass rush, making the win even more impressive. These two teams are playing the best football in their respective conferences and the Packers showed that they are a legitimate threat for the NFC’s top seed and to win the NFC.
Honorable mention: San Diego Chargers, St. Louis Rams