Offensive Player of the Week- Lamar Jackson, QB Baltimore Ravens
Lamar Jackson could’ve been my offensive player of the week last week, but Tua ripped that away from him by tossing the game-winner and his sixth touchdown. This week, Lamar left no doubt. While he didn’t put up a huge amount of passing yards (218), he tossed four scores and ran for 107 yards and another score; yet again displaying just how dynamic of a football player he is. Early this season, Lamar Jackson has looked like the same guy he was in 2019 when he won MVP.
Defensive Player of the Week- Roquan Smith, LB Chicago Bears
Roquan Smith was a man possessed against the Houston Texans this week. The star linebacker racked up 16 tackles, a pass defensed, and pulled in a late interception that set up the game-winning field goal. If the Bears don’t pay this man, another team will.
Special Teams Player of the Week- Corliss Waitman, P Denver Broncos
Any time a game ends 11-10, you have to think the punting was phenomenal. In the win, the Broncos punter booted the ball away 10 times for an average of 47.6 yards and a long kick of 57 yards. Waitman takes the cake from my runner-up, San Francisco punter Mitch Wishnowsky, because six punts landed inside the 49ers 20 yard line. You know a game is brutal when the two players of the game were both teams’ punters.
Offensive Rookie of the Week- Chris Olave, WR New Orleans Saints
With both Michael Thomas and Jarvis Landry leaving this week’s game against the Panthers early, the Saints were fairly thin at receiver. Enter first round receiver Chris Olave. After Landry and Thomas went down, Olave was Jameis Winston’s favorite target for the rest of the day, with the rookie out of Ohio State finishing the game with nine catches for 147 yards.
Defensive Rookie of the Week- Jalen Pitre, CB Houston Texans
In an ugly game that ultimately ended in a loss to the Chicago Bears, the Texans rookie corner not named Derek Stingley had a nice day. The second round rookie out of Baylor recorded two tackles for loss, forced a fumble, batted away two passes, sacked Bears quarterback Justin Fields, and picked off two of his passes. A nice day for any player, let alone a rookie corner that wasn’t even the first one taken by his own team in April.
Peng-Losing Moment of the Week- Jimmy Garoppolo
Dan Orlovsky rejoices! In a moment that completely lacked awareness, Jimmy Garoppolo dropped back to pass right out of the back of his own endzone. In a low-scoring game, every point matters. If you take that safety off the board, San Francisco wins the game 10-9.