The player of the week awards are out, and Giants’ wideout Odell Beckham headlines the group, taking home the NFC Offensive Player of the Week Award. He’s had his struggles this year, but he exploded against the Ravens for 222 yards and two touchdowns. His second TD came with just over a minute to go and effectively won the game.
The other POTW winners are as follows:
AFC Offensive POTW: Dolphins’ RB Jay Ajayi
The Dolphins may have found their man at RB. Ajayi took 25 carries and turned them into a massive 204 yards and two scores. The Dolphins were widely predicted to lose to the Pittsburgh Steelers, but they won in surprising fashion, and a lot of it had to do with Ajayi’s terrific afternoon.
NFC Defensive POTW: Cowboys’ DE David Irving
Irving’s stats are slightly outlandish. A rotational player, he only got on the field for 19 snaps against the Green Bay Packers. Even with that limited playing time, he made four tackles, forced three fumbles, and recovered one of those fumbles.
AFC Defensive POTW: Patriots’ LB Dont’a Hightower
Dont’a Hightower turned the game around for the Patriots. They were losing to the Bengals when he blew through the line and took Bengals’ QB Andy Dalton down for a safety. Spurred by that play, the Patriots spent the rest of the game outscoring Cincy 23-3. Hightower ended up with 13 total tackles and 1.5 sacks.
NFC Special Teams POTW: Saints’ kicker Wil Lutz
Wil Lutz is just a rookie, undrafted out of little Georgia State, but the Saints trusted him with the game on the line. As time ran out against the Panthers, he drilled a 52-yard kick for the win.
AFC Special Teams POTW: Chargers’ punter Drew Kaser
The Chargers, at the bottom of the AFC West, got a thrilling win over the Denver Broncos, the AFC West leader and defending Super Bowl champs. Kaser redeemed himself for a bobbled snap on a field goal the week before, dropping four of five punts inside the 20. The Broncos’ offense couldn’t move and was killed in the field position game.