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Roethlisberger wins AFC offensive POW award

Browns running back Jerome Harrison may have put up the third highest rushing total in history, but he wasn’t even the best offensive player in the AFC of the week, according to the NFL.

Ben Roethlisberger was announced as the AFC offensive player of the week award for his 503-yard performance over a previously strong Packers secondary.

Harrison had an easier opponent in Kansas City and his game lacked the playoff impact, but we suspect he had one of the greatest games in history ever not to win the award.

The defensive winner in the AFC was Ravens cornerback Dominique Foxworth, who picked off two passes in Baltimore’s win over the Bears.

In the NFC, Jonathan “The Daily Show” Stewart won the weekly honor for his 109-yard effort against Minnesota, and Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware won the defensive award for his gutsy effort against the Saints. 

Ware has enjoyed a lot of great career moments, but none top his second forced fumble to seal the victory over New Orleans.

PFT previously told you that Josh Cribbs and Ben Graham won the special teams awards.

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39 Responses to “Roethlisberger wins AFC offensive POW award”
  1. cusoman says: Dec 23, 2009 2:14 PM

    Where’s that vaunted #1 Green Bay defense when you need it… oh wait.
    Where’s that vaunted MN run defense when you need it… oh wait.
    See, Vikes fans CAN be bipartisan ;)

  2. AirlineGuy says: Dec 23, 2009 2:22 PM

    Wow, finally some sort of mention about DWare and the DPOW award.
    Who gives a flying F about the special teams players? Just more hatred for the Cowboys.

  3. The Coop says: Dec 23, 2009 2:34 PM

    Lots of guys have passed for more than 500 yards in a game. Only 3 have rushed for more than 285. Harrison not getting the award is a traveshamockery.

  4. Igottz5onit says: Dec 23, 2009 2:40 PM

    I was wondering if he would get it over Jerome Harrison since they both had record setting games. Congrats to Ben, now lets move on and see if we can stay alive for another week.

  5. lordmandinga says: Dec 23, 2009 2:40 PM

    I don’t care who you are playing the Browns have only won 3 games, last time I checked the Chefs are still in the NFL.
    Harrison should have won this. I just wanted it to go to OT so he could eclipse 300. Still probably wouldn’t have won POW.

  6. cowboys1 says: Dec 23, 2009 2:44 PM

    Demarcus Ware should be an MVP candidate

  7. jamaltimore says: Dec 23, 2009 2:45 PM

    Sorry Harrison your just another VICTIM of Rapistburger and the NFL’s bias for the Steelers! This is a team that was owned by a family involved in GAMBLING forever but the league decided it was ok. They not only get help from all league officials but last year even had a line into the President in waiting in case goal line calls didn’t go their way. Not to mention the worst officiated superbowl in memory against the seahawks in Bettis’s home town? Cmon Man!

  8. chapnasty says: Dec 23, 2009 2:48 PM

    Harrison should have gotten this. It just shows the BS that the NFL has for this fat slob.

  9. DemocratsAreStupid says: Dec 23, 2009 2:49 PM

    Steelers are one of the NFL’s darlings. Sorry Browns fans, Harrison never had a chance

  10. Ravenmaniac says: Dec 23, 2009 2:52 PM

    See that ben…you better beware on Sunday…The Defensive Player of the Week Dominique Foxworth will be lurking and waiting for you throw…..ah who am I kidding…ben will probably torch him (or Cory Ivy) this week.
    Foxworth had his eyes closed on the 2 interceptions…….

  11. steelberger1 says: Dec 23, 2009 2:54 PM

    “Lots of guys have passed for more than 500 yards in a game. Only 3 have rushed for more than 285. Harrison not getting the award is a traveshamockery.”
    Including Ben, only 3 QB’s have ever thrown for 500 yards in a game without throwing an interception.

  12. jamesz23 says: Dec 23, 2009 2:58 PM

    Who is more hated in WI – Jarrett Bush or Jeff Suppan – it’s gotta be close.

  13. Katmanduu says: Dec 23, 2009 3:01 PM

    Big Ben again proves why he is one of the top QBs in the league, if not the best. Let’s see how Manning and Brady would do behind that offensive O-Line. Not well.
    Ben makes plays, good line or bad. That’s why he’s the best.
    Harrison is a fluke, and Demarcus Ware sucks, like the rest of the Cowgirl team.

  14. mike says: Dec 23, 2009 3:03 PM

    Big Ben is having an OKAY season for an ELITE QB but I have no worries…… He’ll be back next year better than ever beating the Browns and Bungals into the ground!! Losing to the Browns was a complete embarrasment especially after beating them nearly 50-0 in seasons past!! Oh well every team has an offseason and every elite has speed bumps! This season is no different!! Big Ben is still one of the best and I know the Steelers will regather themselves in the offseason and come back better than ever!!

  15. Holeinone09 says: Dec 23, 2009 3:03 PM

    I understand that only 3 QBs in history have passed for over 500 yards in a game with no interceptions. And if you watched the game, another TD pass was called back on a penalty, another pass was taken away by accepting a penalty, etc. A few passes were dropped, etc. Ben could have had close to 600 yards. Finally, he won the game for them at the end on a great 2 minute drive and overcoming several sacks due to poor blocking, at least one penalty (when he scrambled for a first down), etc. He was fully deserving of this award this week, in a game the Steelers absolutely had to win to stay alive for a playoff spot. He took on all the pressure and won.
    I am not saying Harrison didn’t have a great game also. Maybe they should have had co-winners, but Ben certainly deserved this award considering how important the game was against a tough opponent.
    Congrats Ben, now bring 2 more wins home!

  16. blitzburgh1 says: Dec 23, 2009 3:04 PM

    “Lots of guys have passed for more than 500 yards in a game. Only 3 have rushed for more than 285. Harrison not getting the award is a traveshamockery.”
    Including Ben, only 3 QB’s have ever thrown for 500 yards in a game without throwing an interception.
    ……………………………
    And only 9 other QB’s have thrown over 500 yards in a game period….EVER.
    And none of them are named Brady or Manning.

  17. The Coop says: Dec 23, 2009 3:06 PM

    Oh, Ben did it without an interception. I’m so impressed. Harrison didn’t lose a fumble, did he?
    Not only that, but two kick return TDs by Josh Cribbs further limited Harrison’s chances AND Nancy-boy Brady Quinn isn’t exactly a “deep ball threat” so the Chiefs could have stacked 8 or 9 in the box to stop Harrison. In fact, a couple of times, they did, and Harrison still ripped off huge chunks of yardage.

  18. Igottz5onit says: Dec 23, 2009 3:13 PM

    Yes, I love how all the fear and jealousy for Pittsburgh comes back into the blogs after the Steelers finally win another game. Of course all the officials receive memos that the Steelers have to win every game and every award… except for the previous 5 weeks. I am sure they were just building drama so the Steelers could come back and win another “fixed” Super Bowl. You people are so pathetic, you claim to be a fan of a team in a sport that you basically equate to professional wrestling with your baseless accusations. When the Steelers get a call their way you claim it was obvious the refs cheated. When your team gets the same call you claim it was the right thing and your team overcame biased officiating against them. You so-called fans are nothing but pathetic hypocrites that give your teams a bad name.

  19. chapnasty says: Dec 23, 2009 4:01 PM

    @ igottz
    No one is jealous or affraid of a fat slob with curly hair and whining declining #1 receiver. Get over yourself, the Superbowl was a almost a year ago now.

  20. roland2305 says: Dec 23, 2009 4:03 PM

    ” Losing to the Browns was a complete embarrasment especially after beating them nearly 50-0 in seasons past!!”
    Oh, you mean like the 1989 season opener in Three Rivers??? Oh, wait, bad example for you.

  21. manasota says: Dec 23, 2009 4:15 PM

    Jerome Harrison is not that good. Only 587 for the year and half of that in one game against the worst team in the league. With the crappy QBs they have, he should have 1000+

  22. Rev. Dr. HollywoodWags says: Dec 23, 2009 4:16 PM

    Ben’s just a game manager, he’s not really a REAL quarterback, who can throw and make plays an throw winning passes with no time left on the clock.
    Ben is the best QB, mentally and physically, I have seen in my lifetime.
    Trent Dilfer was last seen jumping off a bridge.

  23. LJ says: Dec 23, 2009 4:36 PM

    Nobody really knows how good Harrison is because he hasn’t been on the field much until recently. He is the only running back to carry for over 100 yds against the Bengals this season. He had 121 against them. Then – zero carries against Baltimore, not dressed for the Detroit game. Blew up against KC. Mangini is picking his spots with him. Over his first three years in the league he averaged 5.8 yards per carry (6.2 in ’07, 7.2 in ’08) on 77 carries.

  24. Beer Cheese Soup says: Dec 23, 2009 4:38 PM

    jamaltimore says:
    This is a team that was owned by a family involved in GAMBLING forever but the league decided it was ok. They not only get help from all league officials but last year even had a line into the President in waiting in case goal line calls didn’t go their way. Not to mention the worst officiated superbowl in memory against the seahawks in Bettis’s home town? Cmon Man!
    _____________________________________
    Good work. Very astute observations there, and overall a very well-thought out post. I couldn’t agree more.

  25. tdawg69 says: Dec 23, 2009 4:40 PM

    Harrison’s jersey is already in Canton at the HOF. meanwhile, Worthlessburger’s jersey is at FBI headquarters in Quantico being tested for DNA.
    yes, this is a shamockery. Harrison gets 286 behind a swiss cheese line, against a D stacking 8 or 9 guys in the box..
    Oh, and manasota, he outrushed your hero “all-day” by about 250 yards……

  26. Deb says: Dec 23, 2009 4:51 PM

    This is absolutely hysterical!!!! I’ve always known that women are capable of feeling raging jealousy of other women. But until I came to PFT, I had no idea how various forms of penis envy just consume men! Mention the Steelers and these poor boys just can’t help themselves: They don’t deserve it, the refs did it, whaa, whaa, whaa. Cue jamaltimore, the stupidest member of the electorate, and even my friends chap and coop.
    Come on, guys! After Tomlin’s call for an onside kick pushed him into a corner, Ben had to pull off a miracle while operating behind a ragtag offensive line featuring two backups. Coop, your Browns had eight sacks on this boy in his last game. He’s up against what’s supposed to be an excellent pass defense and a corner who’s been mentioned for league MVP. His o-line is penalized twice on the final drive. With all these odds stacked against him, he manages to drive down and fire in a perfectly thrown laser-precision pass as time runs out to win the game and keep his team’s playoff hopes alive. And he collects 503 passing yards in the process–something that’s only been done nine times and only three times with no interceptions, as Ben did it.
    No matter how much you envy/dislike the Steelers, you’d have to be a fool not to think he deserved to be in contention for this honor just as much as Harrison did. Given the strength of the competition and the drama of the final drive, it seems only right that the award would go to Ben over Harrison.

  27. Igottz5onit says: Dec 23, 2009 5:26 PM

    @Chapnasty
    That may be your funniest post yet. “Waaahhh you’re only the current World Champions!” “Waaahhh we aren’t scared your QB is fat!” “Waaahhh you’re oldest receiver is having one of his best years so he is obviously getting worse!” I love your tears.

  28. i'm president charlie! says: Dec 23, 2009 5:28 PM

    I know the Chiefs beat the Steelers earlier this season, but rushing for a zillion yards against the Chiefs is not equal to throwing for over 500 yards against a top 3 passing defense.
    great job by harrison tho….he has shown a few flashes this year when he was used as the Browns feature back.

  29. this class sucks says: Dec 23, 2009 5:28 PM

    @Deb
    hahaha nice.
    @everyone else
    Your all morons, I’m too tired to argue on here, I will just say that:
    A. The gambling statement is factually wrong.
    B. No one here can say that Ben, without question, didn’t deserve the award. Maybe you think Harrison deserved it more but its not like it was a run away and I think the tie foes to the guy who made the game winning play with no time left.
    C. Jerome Harrison in Canton? Really? Him and his 1035 career yards?

  30. Igottz5onit says: Dec 23, 2009 5:38 PM

    @this class sucks
    Come on, really? Why are we all morons if we aren’t Deb? Please explain.

  31. cgc1969 says: Dec 23, 2009 9:26 PM

    the coop you are real dumb ass! only 3 people passed for over 500 yards not plenty of people.
    Ben roethlisberger, Warren Moon, and Y.A. Tittle
    don’t believe me look it up chocha!

  32. Deb says: Dec 23, 2009 9:55 PM

    @Igottz5onit …
    “this class sucks” didn’t mean you! He meant the dingalings you and I and the other intelligent life on PFT Planet so vainly try to educate. Please cut him a little slack. We’ve been doing battle with a hardcore numbnut on another thread for two days and it’s taken a toll. You, my friend, are no moron :-)

  33. Deb says: Dec 23, 2009 9:58 PM

    @chap …
    Yes, our last Super Bowl was almost a year ago. And yours was, um, let’s see … 1995. And your last playoff win was what … ’96? ’97? Come on, my friend, you really don’t want to go there, do you?

  34. Igottz5onit says: Dec 23, 2009 10:33 PM

    In all fairness, I am kind of a moron. I just don’t like it when people who actually make sense point it out.

  35. Ravenmaniac says: Dec 23, 2009 11:24 PM

    @Igottz…that was funny…I love people that can make fun of themselves…you are obviously not a moron.
    @katmanduche….really??? Really?? Is ben better than payton??? Really? Demarcus Ware sucks…really??? Really???
    Happy Holidays everyone……..

  36. Dunn says: Dec 24, 2009 12:20 AM

    Soooooo much jealousy for the Black n Gold. It is a beautiful thing to see. The best franchise in the history of the NFL should receive the most flack. This is the way it should be.

  37. scottlarock78 says: Dec 24, 2009 3:24 AM

    dunn…. Do you know that before 1972 the squeelers were the worst fanchise in the nfl. less then 8 winning seasons from 1933-1972. I know you billes can count to 6 but the 3rd rushing day is better then the 10th best passing day and both tds were game winners. If your gonna mention history know it before you say it you tools. And its black and urine
    GO BROWNS

  38. Deb says: Dec 24, 2009 11:28 AM

    @scottlarock78 …
    Yes, I knew that before 1972, the Steelers had never won a playoff game. They were pitiful. That’s what makes the success since 1972 all the sweeter. So Cleveland beat KC … and what was riding on that game? Playoff implications were riding on ours–for both teams. And it was a dramatic score as time expired. Only three QBs have thrown for over 500 yards without throwing an INT in the bargain. If you’re going to mention history, know it before you say it, you tool.
    And if you pee the color of the Steelers’ pants, for heaven’s sake, see a doctor!
    GO STEELERS!!!!

  39. this class sucks says: Dec 24, 2009 7:54 PM

    @Igottz5onit
    Deb knows exactly what I meant, you sir are no moron.
    @scottlarock78
    Are you, a Browns fan, making fun of the Steelers for their colors because their secondary color resembles that of urine? Your a Browns fan. Brown. Your team’s color is brown.

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