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Offensive Player of the Week: Ben Roethlisberger 21-27 369 yards 3 TDs
Ben Roethlisberger was not only aggressively targeting big plays down the field in week two, he was stunningly efficient doing so. His passer rating of 155.8 is unreal and his total QBR (ESPN’s quarterback rating metric which is out of 100) of 99.4 is one of the highest marks since the stat was introduced. He also completed nearly 78% of his passes while averaging almost 14 yards a completion, which is hard to do at any level of football, especially the NFL. That offense should only improve with the return of running back Le’Veon Bell, who had over 2,200 yards from scrimmage last season which earned him his first Pro Bowl trip. The only downside for the Steelers is that they’ll probably need performances like this to mask a defense that just isn’t very good.
Honorable mention: Antonio Brown, Tom Brady, Larry Fitzgerald, Giovanni Bernard, Adrian Peterson, Odell Beckham, Matt Jones, Allen Robinson, Derek Carr
Defensive Player of the Week: Darrelle Revis 4 tackles 1 pass deflection 1 interception 2 fumble recoveries
The New York Jets might be the biggest positive surprise of the early NFL season, and ten turnovers forced by their defense through two games is a big cause for their success. Darrelle Revis had his hands on three Monday night against the Colts, as he caught an interception and recovered two fumbles. Revis was his usual shut-down self in pass coverage, and added solid run support against the Colts, who many expected to be one of the best offenses in the league. The attacking style of defense and the improved offense with Brandon Marshall and decent quarterback play has the Jets looking like a contender early in Todd Bowles first season as coach.
Honorable mention: Ryan Shazier, Chris Harris, Jamie Collins, Chandler Jones, Tony Jefferson, Armonty Bryant
Team Win of the Week: Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers has thrown just 13 incompletions through the first two weeks of the season. If that stat isn’t ridiculous enough, he hasn’t thrown an interception at home since December of the 2012 season. That includes the playoffs, where the Packers faced a top five ranked defense in each of the last three postseasons. But we knew Rodgers was good, its that Packer defense that held Marshawn Lynch to just 41 yards on the ground that makes this team dangerous. The run defense has been the achilles heal of the Packers for awhile now, and if they can continue to correct that issue and offset the loss of Jordy Nelson, this team could find its way to another Super Bowl appearance.
Honorable mention: New England Patriots, New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins