AFC Offensive Player of the Week:
Jay Ajayi of the Miami Dolphins rushed for 204 yards in the win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. His rushing performance was the best in the league to-date and his 8.16 yards per carry is the second highest in Dolphins single-game history.
AFC Defensive Player of the Week:
Dont’a Hightower of the New England Patriots recorded 13 tackles in the win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Hightower’s biggest play might have been a sack of Andy Dalton in the endzone for a safety that turned the momentum of the game in New England’s favor.
AFC Special Teams Player of the Week:
Drew Kaser of the San Diego Chargers landed four out of five punts inside the 20 yard line in the win over the Denver Broncos. Kaser has had a rough year, posting the 31st ranked punt average in the NFL and also lost his place-holding duties after a botched snap two weeks ago, but rebounded nicely last week.
NFC Offensive Player of the Week:
Odell Beckham Jr. of the New York Giants logged 222 receiving yards in the win over the Baltimore Ravens. Beckham Jr. caught touchdown passes of 75 and 66 yards, with the latter being the eventual game-winning score. His 222 yards were second highest in franchise single-game history.
NFC Defensive Player of the Week:
David Irving of the Dallas Cowboys forced three fumbles in the win over the Green Bay Packers. Irving also recorded four tackles and a pass defense as the Cowboys defense smothered the Packers all game long. Irving’s stat line is even more impressive when you consider that he was on the field for just 19 snaps.
NFC Special Teams Player of the Week:
Wil Lutz of the New Orleans Saints nailed a game-winning 52 yard field goal in the victory over the Carolina Panthers. Lutz, a rookie kicker hit both of his field goal attempts and all five of his extra points.