Offensive Player of the Week- TJ Hockenson, TE Detroit Lions
Although it came in a loss, TJ Hockenson had the best game of his professional career thus far. The Lions tight end hauled in eight passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns in easily the game of the week, where Detroit fell just short of a comeback against Seattle. This 48-45 game was unexpectedly exciting, and lacked any sort of defense. I could have easily went with Rashaad Penny, who had a nice game of his own with 151 yards and two scores on the ground, but I opted to go with Hockenson who had more yards on fewer touches.
Defensive Player of the Week- Haason Reddick, LB Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles continue to look like the team to beat in the NFC thanks in no small part to their defense. Against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Haason Reddick sacked second year quarterback Trevor Lawrence twice, forced two fumbles, and recovered two fumbles. Reddick is the second Eagle that has landed on this prestigious list, by season’s end this award may just be called the Philadelphia Eagles Defensive Player of the Week.
Special Teams Player of the Week- Greg Joseph, K Minnesota Vikings
This was a doink away from being Will Lutz, because had he made it that would have been two 60 yarders in a row. Alas, he hit the upright on an attempt as time expired, so this week’s special teamer of the week is Greg Joseph. Joseph connected on all five of his field goal attempts, including what ultimately became a game winning 47 yard kick with 29 seconds left.
Offensive Rookie of the Week- Dameon Pierce, RB Houston Texans
Houston’s rookie running back had his breakout game this week against the Chargers. Although he only carried the ball 14 times, he gained 131 yards on the ground, including a 75 yard touchdown. Pierce has established himself as RB1 in Houston, so look to see performances like this moving forward.
Defensive Rookie of the Week- Tariq Woolen, CB Seattle Seahawks
There weren’t too many inspiring performances from defensive rookies this week. Tariq Woolen was an asset to the Seahawks this week, providing some seldom-seen defense in their game against the Lions, picking off a Jared Goff pass and making a house call. Woolen has size and speed in spades, and if he continues to hone his craft throughout the year you may see him in this spot again
Peng-Losing Moment of the Week- Miami Dolphins Medical Staff/Mike McDaniel
We try to keep it light and loose here at NarcyPeng, but on a serious note all of these people failed Tua Tagovailoa this week. He should not have been playing. Hopefully, Tua makes a full recovery, and this staff takes a step back and re-evaluates how they handle player safety.
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