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McFadden, Lewis, Lindell named AFC players of the week

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Raiders running back Darren McFadden, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis and Bills kicker Rian Lindell have been named AFC players of the week after leading their teams to victories on Sunday.

McFadden exploded for 171 yards on 19 carries, with two touchdowns, in a 34-24 win over the Jets. It was the top rushing performance in the league this season, and McFadden now leads the league with 393 rushing yards.

Lewis had 10 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble that led to a Haloti Ngata touchdown in the Ravens’ 37-7 win at St. Louis. Lewis became the first player in NFL history with 40 sacks and 30 interceptions, and he now has eight defensive player of the week awards in his career.

Lindell made the 28-yard game-winning field goal as time expired in the Bills’ 34-31 win over the Patriots, his 12th career game-winning field goal. He also made a 42-yarder at the end of the first half.

The other nominees for offensive player of the week were Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, Bills running back Fred Jackson, Ravens receiver Torrey Smith and Steelers receiver Mike Wallace.

The other nominees for defensive player of the week were Bills cornerback Drayton Florence, Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney, Raiders defensive end Jarvis Moss and Browns defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin.

The other nominees for special teams player of the week were a pair of punters, Denver’s Britton Colquitt and Baltimore’s Sam Koch.

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22 Responses to “McFadden, Lewis, Lindell named AFC players of the week”
  1. 808raiderinparadise says: Sep 28, 2011 3:37 PM

    My Darren McFadden take: The defenders who are big enough to tackle him, are too slow to catch him. The defenders that are fast enough to catch him are to small to tackle him.

  2. mmmpieyummy says: Sep 28, 2011 3:37 PM

    Nice to see DMac finally getting some props after a rough start to his career. He is nothing but a beast now and will only get better. Congrats!!

  3. chaunceyb says: Sep 28, 2011 3:39 PM

    When something leads to a Haloti Ngata, is that a good thing or a bad thing?

  4. golonger says: Sep 28, 2011 3:40 PM

    Insert moronic Lewis/knife/killing joke here!

  5. deepseabreeze says: Sep 28, 2011 3:53 PM

    this is but the first of many honors for dmc this year. he’ll probably lead the league in yards from scrimmage

  6. homelanddefense says: Sep 28, 2011 4:10 PM

    so the best special teams performer was a guy who kicked two FG’s? None over 50 yards?

  7. jbl429 says: Sep 28, 2011 4:12 PM

    chaunceyb says:
    Sep 28, 2011 3:39 PM
    When something leads to a Haloti Ngata, is that a good thing or a bad thing?

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    depends which side of the ngata you’re on.

  8. baltimoreballs says: Sep 28, 2011 4:17 PM

    Lewis is a machine. Jerk!

  9. stanmackley says: Sep 28, 2011 4:22 PM

    very happy the jets lost.
    J, E, T, S, …. JETS JETS JETS!!!!!

  10. mypuppyfarted says: Sep 28, 2011 4:28 PM

    Get used to seeing Run DMC being named offensive player of the week. It should happen fairly regularly this season.
    On a related note where are all the inbred morons who kept calling Al Davis senile (or worse) for drafting all these fast guys? McFadden shows us what Al has known for a long time: SPEED KILLS. The Raiders had those signs all over the coliseum for a long time. Maybe some day the rest of the NFL and the uninformed haters will learn this valuable lesson.

  11. jpmelon says: Sep 28, 2011 4:34 PM

    @ homelanddefence

    I’m a Bills fan and I completely agree with you. Lindell did a great job….but nothing that should have made him win this honor. Oh well….it’s nice to see how many Bills were nominated.

  12. The Phantom Stranger says: Sep 28, 2011 4:49 PM

    What does Wes Welker have to do to get nominated for offensive player of the week? He had 16 catches for 217 yards and 2 touchdowns.

  13. joetoronto says: Sep 28, 2011 5:25 PM

    DMAC, the best RB in the game today, bar none.

  14. Deb says: Sep 28, 2011 5:41 PM

    Okay, I know it’s very unSteeler of me, but 10 tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble? Did one of my fellow fans make a joke on another thread about Lewis trying to “act” like he was doing something? Come on now … got to give the man his due. He’s 36 years old and still leader of the pack. You can’t love defense without giving mad props to Ray no matter where he plays.

  15. jessethegreat says: Sep 28, 2011 5:48 PM

    mypuppyfarted says:
    Sep 28, 2011 4:28 PM
    McFadden shows us what Al has known for a long time: SPEED KILLS. The Raiders had those signs all over the coliseum for a long time. Maybe some day the rest of the NFL and the uninformed haters will learn this valuable lesson.
    ————————————————-
    In defense of Run DMC, Speed isn’t his only asset. I think his best asset is his vision. It seems the “speed of the NFL” you always hear about has slowed down drastically for him this year. He was on his way to becoming a complete back last year, but he’s even better this year. Run DMC is as complete as it gets at RB in the NFL right now. Fast,Vision, Receiving skills, Minimal fumbles, Power to run ya over, Cuts, and accelleration. Not to mention he seems to be becoming more durable (dings and dents, but he still plays more than effectively).

  16. joetoronto says: Sep 28, 2011 6:24 PM

    jessethegreat:

    He’s also a devastating blocker and has great hands.

  17. pftareraiderhaters says: Sep 28, 2011 8:01 PM

    RUN DMC!

  18. mypuppyfarted says: Sep 28, 2011 8:58 PM

    @jessethegreat

    You make very valid points and I agree with you. I was simply referring to the fact that every time the Raiders draft a great athlete like Run DMC the critics and other haters always say that Davis just drafts the guys with the fastest 40 times. Run DMC is an all around running back but at the time he was drafted all I heard was the talking heads say it was all about the 40 time. He, along with Denarious Moore, Louis Murphy, Jacoby Ford and Taiwan Jones provide the Raiders with great offensive threats in part because of their blazing speed so I don’t understand why people are critical of drafting guys like them.

  19. anhdazman says: Sep 28, 2011 9:11 PM

    The Phantom Stranger says:
    Sep 28, 2011 4:49 PM
    What does Wes Welker have to do to get nominated for offensive player of the week? He had 16 catches for 217 yards and 2 touchdowns.

    It’ll help if his team wins.

  20. The Phantom Stranger says: Sep 28, 2011 10:47 PM

    anhdazman says:
    Sep 28, 2011 9:11 PM
    The Phantom Stranger says:
    Sep 28, 2011 4:49 PM
    What does Wes Welker have to do to get nominated for offensive player of the week? He had 16 catches for 217 yards and 2 touchdowns.

    It’ll help if his team wins.
    _________

    Yes, it would help, but other players whose teams lost were nominated for both the AFC and NFC awards. Just sayin’.

  21. ravenut06 says: Sep 29, 2011 8:06 AM

    What does Wes Welker have to do to get nominated for offensive player of the week? He had 16 catches for 217 yards and 2 touchdowns.

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    Well if you want to go that route then look at Torrey Smith 5 catches for 152 yards and 3 td’s. By my math…….

    Welker avg. 13.6 ypc and Smith avg. 30.4…..my guess is Smith would still top him.

  22. humbleminded85 says: Sep 29, 2011 9:57 AM

    baltimoreballs says:
    Sep 28, 2011 4:17 PM
    Lewis is a machine. Jerk!
    ————————————————

    Hands down my favorite soundbite of all time!!
    IMA MACHINE JERK!!! Did anyone else notice when Rams player Jason Smith hit Ray late on Sunday?? You could tell by the look on his face that he instantly regretted that decision lol

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