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Rodgers, Winfield, Gano win NFC player of the week awards

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Three NFC players that had major impacts on the playoff race in Week 16 walked away with hardware for their efforts.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers won the NFC offensive player of the week award for the second time this month for his 404-yard, four touchdown masterpiece against the Giants.  No quarterback in NFL history has thrown for at least three scores with no picks more times within three seasons of his first start.

Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield helped put a hurting on Michael Vick Tuesday night with his blitzes and coverage ability.   He won the NFC defensive player of the week award.   Winfield, who has won the regular season award twice in Minnesota, had nine tackles, two sacks, and a fumble return touchdown.

Frequently maligned Redskins kicker Graham Gano won a measure of vindication by earning the NFC special teams player of the week award.  Gano kicked his third overtime field goal of the year, which tied an NFL record.  He made a pair of touch kicks in swirling winds and had a nice day on kickoffs as well.

Maybe it really was the holder’s fault a few weeks ago.

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12 Responses to “Rodgers, Winfield, Gano win NFC player of the week awards”
  1. kc4life7 says: Dec 29, 2010 3:11 PM

    As a Chiefs fan, I was upset about Cassel not getting in but I somewhat understood it (kinda). Rodgers not making it into the pro bowl is just absolutely ridiculous. This guy is one of the best quarterbacks in the league, hands down.

  2. enkinan says: Dec 29, 2010 3:23 PM

    Antoine Winfield – who won the award is in regular type and the guy he “put a hurting on” is in bold. That’s lame.

  3. tedvalentine says: Dec 29, 2010 3:26 PM

    How did the NFL miss giving NFC player of the week to Remi Ayodele for urinating on the Falcon’s logo after the game?

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/14484345/brees-saints-use-championship-heart-to-deny-falcons

  4. bucforever says: Dec 29, 2010 3:39 PM

    No love for Josh Freeman ?

  5. hoopsdoc says: Dec 29, 2010 3:57 PM

    “No quarterback in NFL history has thrown for at least three scores with no picks more times within three seasons of his first start.”

    Really?

    No offense to Aaron Rogers, who is a GREAT quarterback, but these convoluted, so-called “firsts” the media comes up with sometimes defy belief.

    Whats next? “Joe Blow becomes the first white quarterback to sit next to the gatorade cooler 3 rows down from the back of the bench while the opposing coach blows a snot rocket into the cheerleaders.”

    Seriously?

  6. skins3yearplan says: Dec 29, 2010 4:29 PM

    Nice Gano!!! This is the beginning of the turnaround Skins fans!! Get back on the Bandwagon!

  7. theytukrjobs says: Dec 29, 2010 4:39 PM

    Rodgers being the first QB to do that is mostly because his coach continues to leave his QB in passing and taking sacks and running up the score regardless of the margin. Rodgers is good and all but he gets more opportunities to pad his stats than any QB I’ve seen.

    Him not being in the pro bowl is fair IMO. Who do you take out? You would have to say Matt Ryan but Ryan has simply been better overall than Rodgers. Rodgers has padded stats in a few lopsided victories but Ryan is better in big situations and once they are up they run the clock out and he doesn’t get those two extra TD passes late in the 4th quarter.

  8. bighairyman says: Dec 29, 2010 5:40 PM

    Rodgers is a Top 5 QB, Ryan is Top 15.

  9. vikadontis98rex says: Dec 29, 2010 6:24 PM

    Congrats Winfield!

    9 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, and 1 touchdown, and 5 of those 14 total stats came on 1 play…

  10. brasho says: Dec 29, 2010 7:43 PM

    5 TDs on 26 attempts, the ball only hit the ground 5 times (21 completions) 237 yards..I think Josh Freeman was better this week.

  11. packerbacker12 says: Dec 29, 2010 10:21 PM

    “Rodgers being the first QB to do that is mostly because his coach continues to leave his QB in passing and taking sacks and running up the score regardless of the margin. Rodgers is good and all but he gets more opportunities to pad his stats than any QB I’ve seen.”

    Apparently you haven’t even watched a single Packer game this year. If you did, you will know that in all those lopsided games McCarthy took Rodgers out and put Matt Flynn in. He did against Dallas and he did against New York. If the Packers did happen to score again when they were up by a large margin, it either came on a running play or a defensive play.

    Next time, actually watch the games rather then assume what happened.

  12. cusoman says: Dec 30, 2010 11:17 AM

    Maybe I don’t understand “blog type”, but why were all of the award winners’ names bolded except Winfield’s?

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