Week 4 action saw plenty of big-name players making big-time plays. And there were even a couple of lesser-known players having great days on Sunday afternoon (i.e. linebacker Zach Brown).
This week’s AFC & NFC Players of the Week winners, however, will be overshadowed by both conference’s Offensive Player of the Week winners Ben Roethlisberger and Julio Jones.
AFC Offensive POW
Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers QB: 22-of-27, 300 yards, 5 TD, 0 INT, 152.5 rating.
Roethlisberger now has 47 career 300-yard games, and five games with 5+ touchdown tosses. This also marks the 14th time over his career that he’s been named AFC Player of the Week. At 34, it’s crazy to think that Roethlisberger is still in the prime of his career.
AFC Defensive POW
Zach Brown, Bills LB: 13 solo tackles, 1.0 sack, 2 forced fumbles.
Brown shined for Rex and Rob Ryan’s Bills defense, as Buffalo shut the then-undefeated New England Patriots out 16-0. His 13 solo tackles is a new career-high for the 26-year old Brown.
NFC Offensive POW
Julio Jones, Falcons WR: 12 catches, 300 yards, 1 TD.
Prior to Sunday afternoon’s 300-yard performance, the 27-year old Jones’ career-high in single-game receiving yards was a 259-yard performance against Green Bay in December of 2014. His 300 yard game makes him the sixth player in NFL history to compile 300 yards in a single game, putting him just 36 yards shy of Flipper Anderson’s all-time single-game record from 1989.
NFC Defensive POW
Aaron Donald, Rams DT: 4 solo tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 FF
Donald, 25, is already one of the most explosive defensive tackles in the NFL, and the All-Pro is in just his third season. On Sunday, in an upset of the Super Bowl contending Arizona Cardinals, Donald sacked Carson Palmer 1.5 times in the 17-13 victory.
AFC Special Teams POW
Will Fuller (R), Texans WR/return specialist: 7 catches, 81 yards, 1 TD; 67-yard PR touchdown
In a 27-20 defeat of the Titans, the rookie wideout was a huge asset for Houston on Sunday. Not only was he catching passes for Brock Osweiler, including a 5-yard TD reception in the first quarter, but his 67-yard punt return touchdown late in the third quarter proved to be the eventual game-winner.
NFC Special Teams POW
Jon Ryan, Seahawks P: 5 punts, 203 yards
In his five punts for Seattle on Sunday, four pinned the New York Jets inside its own 15-yard line. Those five punts went for 203 yards, good enough for a 40.6 average and a long of 56.
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