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Offensive Player of the Week: Justin Forsett 27 carries 150 yards
The Ravens got back to their longtime identity of running the football. Behind Marsal Yanda, who is probably the best guard in the NFL, Justin Forsett ran through gaping holes all night against the Steelers as 100 of his 150 yards came before contact. The Ravens were extremely limited in their passing attack, especially after losing Steve Smith Sr. and Michael Campanero during the game. The ground game keep them alive and this win may have saved their season (more on that below). Forsett was off to a slow start this season, after rushing for over 1,200 yards last year but perhaps this game will jump start the Ravens run game and bring Forsett some of the success he had a year ago. The Ravens have a struggling Cleveland run defense next, so Forsett should be able to have a successful follow up.
Honorable mention: Chris Ivory, Le’Veon Bell, Tavon Austin, Jeremy Macklin, Andy Dalton, Brandon Marshall, Philip Rivers, Josh McCown, Todd Gurley
Defensive Player of the Week: Josh Norman 4 tackles, 3 pass deflections, 2 interceptions, TD
Josh Norman has played like the best corner in the NFL so far this season. The NFL agrees after giving him the NFC’s Defensive Player of the Month award for September. He didn’t slow down in the first week of October either. He picked off Jameis Winston twice and added a nice return on both and a touchdown on the first interception. He set the tone for a Panthers defense that forced five turnovers and lead the team to victory despite a rough day from their offense, which produced only 244 total yards. Norman was targeted eight times and only allowed two receptions for 31 yards. Add in his three deflections and you have a great day from the cornerback position. The Panthers are limited on offense, but their defense has done its part in helping the Panthers remain undefeated through four weeks.
Honorable mention: Kam Chancellor, Cameron Hayward, Daryl Smith, Antony Barr, Pernell McPhee, Thomas Davis, Calais Campbell, James Ihedigbo
Team Win of the Week: Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens were looking at an 0-4 start to their season multiple times. They were down 20-7 late in the third quarter, they lost momentum on a fake field goal, they couldn’t convert on fourth down and took a sack at their own 29 with 2:11 left in the fourth quarter. But a mix of running the ball on offense, timely plays and stops by their defense, and clutch kicking from Justin Tucker overcame all their obstacles. The Steelers helped with two late missed kicks by Josh Scobee and some questionable overtime decision making by Mike Tomlin. This victory over their archival in enemy territory may have saved Baltimore’s season, as they now have a few winnable games on their schedule followed by a late season home stand. If they can get hot and get out of the early season hole, John Harbaugh and Joe Flacco are as dangerous as any QB-Head Coach duo in January.
Honorable mention: New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks, New Orleans Saints