AFC & NFC Players of the Week: 2016 Week 1

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AFC Offensive Player of the Week:

DeAngelo Williams of the Pittsburgh Steelers rushed for 143 yards and two touchdowns against the Washington Redskins. Williams who is the oldest running back in the league at age 33 was also the oldest player to tally 100 yards and two touchdowns since another Pittsburgh legend, Jerome Bettis, did it in 2005.

AFC Defensive Player of the Week:

Whitney Mercilus of the Houston Texans recorded two sacks and a forced fumble in the victory over the Chicago Bears. While two sacks are impressive, both of them came on third down, effectively ending drives for Chicago and was a big reason why the Bears only amassed 258 yards of offense on Sunday.

AFC Special Teams Player of the Week:

Stephen Gostkowski of the New England Patriots hit all three of his field goals in the victory over the Arizona Cardinals. Gostkowski hit from 47, 53, and 32 yards with the latter being the eventual game winner.  The field goals show up on the stat sheet, but head coach Bill Belichick was exuberant in his praise of Gostkowski for his ability to pin the Cardinals deep on several kickoff attempts.

NFC Offensive Player of the Week:

Jameis Winston of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers passed for 281 yards and four touchdowns in the victory over the Atlanta Falcons. Jameis showed strong accuracy going 22/33 and his four touchdowns went to four different receivers. His passer rating of 122.6 was good for third in the league.

NFC Defensive Player of the Week:

Eric Kendricks of the Minnesota Vikings recorded his first interception in a win over the Tennessee Titans. Kendricks returned that interception 77 yards for a score in addition to recording 7 tackles (5 solo).

NFC Special Teams Player of the Week:

Sam Martin of the Detroit Lions recorded the second highest net punting average in league history in a win over the Indianapolis Colts. His 55.5 yard net punting average set a Lions team record, with two of his four punts pinning the Colts inside the 20.

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Aaron is an avid sports fan who passionately follows the NFL, NBA and MLB, in addition to NCAA Sports. He is an Arizona State University grad who loves the Dodgers and the Patriots.