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Peterson, Willis, Crosy win NFC POW honors

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Every Wednesday, the NFL honors six players for their efforts in the prior weekend’s game.  For each conference, an offensive, defense, and special-teams player of the week is named.

This week, the NFC recognition goes to Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis, and Packers kicker Mason Crosby.

Peterson had three rushing touchdowns — all in the first quarter — and 122 yards rushing in a 34-10 win over Arizona.  He’s only the fifth player to do that since the merger, and the first since 1999.

Peterson has won the award five times, second in franchise history behind quarterback Daunte Culpepper, who won it eight times.

The other finalists for the award were Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin, Lions running back Jahvid Best, Saints tight end Jimmy Graham, Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, Packers receiver James Jones, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and 49ers quarterback Alex Smith.

Willis made a whopping 18 tackles and recovered a fumble in a 48-3 blowout of the Bucs.  It’s his first player of the week award, beating out a list of finalists that included Vikings defensive end Jared Allen, Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner, Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons, Vikings defensive end Brian Robison, and Vikings safety Jamarca Sanford.

Crosby converted four field attempts in an 11-point win over the Falcons.  The other finalists were Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, Vikings punter returner Marcus Sherels, and Seahawks punter Jon Ryan.

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31 Responses to “Peterson, Willis, Crosy win NFC POW honors”
  1. The Phantom Stranger says: Oct 12, 2011 1:14 PM

    I guess the Vikings must have had a good game. NFC offensive player of the week, three finalists for NFC defensive player of the week, and two finalists for NFC special teams player of the week.

  2. The Phantom Stranger says: Oct 12, 2011 1:15 PM

    Calvin Johnson was a finalist for NFC offensive player of the week despite playing his worst game of the season. He is the best in the business right now.

  3. canadianvikingfaniii says: Oct 12, 2011 1:16 PM

    That was a lot of Vikings up for consideration.

  4. pdxbolt says: Oct 12, 2011 1:17 PM

    How do you misspell Crosby in the headline?

  5. apm says: Oct 12, 2011 1:17 PM

    Headline [sic].

  6. orthodoxdj says: Oct 12, 2011 1:31 PM

    And in the AFC?

  7. vikings2102 says: Oct 12, 2011 1:32 PM

    Man, my Vikings get honored that many times. How I wish that would translate into wins. Don’t be fooled nation, The Vikes won the 1st quarter of that game….we still lost the 2nd half 7-6 and if Arizona didn’t suck (almost worst then the Vikes) they would’ve have probably beaten us.

    It is not fun watching your team suck sooooo bad after such high hopes……right Philly?!?! Both teams are 1-4, we’re a “Dream Team” too!!

  8. pitt58 says: Oct 12, 2011 1:34 PM

    I’m surprised this is the first for Willis. He’s been one of the best LBs in the NFL for a while.

  9. dbellina says: Oct 12, 2011 1:44 PM

    Let’s hope the Vikings can have this many nominations for the rest of the games.

  10. hanktheking says: Oct 12, 2011 2:07 PM

    Get an editor.

  11. cytofed says: Oct 12, 2011 2:17 PM

    Hey pft, you could have replace Alex smith name with Jim Harbaugh. That would send a stronger message than not highlighting his name.

  12. contra74 says: Oct 12, 2011 2:18 PM

    First Bulaga is in his rookie year and now Crosy is missing his ‘b’. How are you still employed?

  13. pigskinswag says: Oct 12, 2011 2:38 PM

    Apparently, no one checks the headlines for typos. It’s CROSBY, not Crosy.

  14. doorcountyvikes says: Oct 12, 2011 3:04 PM

    nice to see the best RB in the NFL getting his due. No surprise there. Bit more of a surprise to see many vikes as finalists…thus far anyway. A sign of things to come!!!

  15. trollhammer20 says: Oct 12, 2011 3:13 PM

    Good to see Baldwin getting some recognition. The Giants blew the coverage on his one TD, but he was nearly equally wide-open on other plays, because he has a knack for finding the soft spot in zones.

    I would almost argue with the Browner nomination. Yes, he had the big TD return, but he also had two penalties (8 on the year).

    Still, that’s two Seahawks up for weekly awards who were picked up “free”. Baldwin is a UDFA and Browner is a CFL refugee. I am liking the fact that this front office is able to find talent outside the draft and and the “pay-for” free agent marketplace.

  16. Nevis says: Oct 12, 2011 3:18 PM

    18 tackles? Good lord…he is all over the field.

    Given NaVorro Bowman’s elevated play next to him, plus the addition of pass rusher Aldon Smith, the 49ers LB corps is getting downright scary.

  17. claymath52 says: Oct 12, 2011 3:25 PM

    The Phantom Stranger says:
    Oct 12, 2011 1:14 PM
    I guess the Vikings must have had a good game. NFC offensive player of the week, three finalists for NFC defensive player of the week, and two finalists for NFC special teams player of the week.

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    you can already hear the Vikes fans cheering for stats.

    Jared Allen Sack Record = Super Bowl Win for MN fans.

  18. minkytails says: Oct 12, 2011 3:38 PM

    vikings2102, the fact that you had high hopes for the Vikings this season says more about you than it does your team.

  19. minkytails says: Oct 12, 2011 3:40 PM

    I assume you meant that headline as a joke, Mr. Editor? As in Crosby brought his “A” game and left his “B” game at home? Otherwise it’s just another ding in this amateur website.

  20. pistolsmoke says: Oct 12, 2011 3:56 PM

    At the end of the season I’m going to buy a custom 2011 Vikings Season DVD that only shows the first halfs of Vikes games. That’s an entertaining DVD!

  21. warvette says: Oct 12, 2011 4:02 PM

    jared allen’s good season won’t convince minnesotans to agree to a $.05% sales tax to save their team, meanwhile packers fans are lining up to give the team $200 each for a piece of paper saying they did. that’s a major difference donchya think?

  22. axespray says: Oct 12, 2011 4:11 PM

    Man, I woke up and tuned into the NFL sunday ticket games to kill time til the Sunday Night Game…. checked some stats…

    Noticed Peterson had like 3 TDs in the 1st quarter alone… Dude is hands down the best Runningback in the NFL.

  23. cusoman says: Oct 12, 2011 4:35 PM

    claymath52 says:
    Oct 12, 2011 3:25 PM

    you can already hear the Vikes fans cheering for stats.

    Jared Allen Sack Record = Super Bowl Win for MN fans.

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    Just like regular season wins automatically translate into a Super Bowl berth, right Packer fans?

  24. 49erlifer says: Oct 12, 2011 5:28 PM

    sorry i was wrong it is willis first defensive pow honor dont ask me how his first game against bucs he had 20 tackles

  25. burrito12 says: Oct 12, 2011 5:51 PM

    “Just like regular season wins automatically translate into a Super Bowl berth, right Packer fans?”

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    No, coming off a Super Bowl win, having the best QB and receiving corp in the league, and being undefeated translates into a good possibility of repeating. But you queen fans would not know what repeating is about when you have never won anything to begin with. Enjoy the NFC North cellar for years to come Queen fans, I think Detroit has officially passed you the torch, and it’s burning strong!!

  26. discosucs2005 says: Oct 12, 2011 5:56 PM

    I was going to say it, but people beat me to it, I can’t believe this is Willis’ first POW award.

    Although he really isn’t the player of the week type. The way he’s been used in the past has been for him to focus mostly on tackles, which is a stat no one seems to care about (for whatever reason).

  27. packfaninvikeland says: Oct 12, 2011 8:57 PM

    Even though the Vikings have been so bad this year, it is just shameless for other fans(including packer fans) to come and bash them for being proud of their team for once. Yeah they played a team worse than them. Who cares? Grow up and give credit where its due. Allen has played well all year! So has AP thats all they are saying.

  28. claymath52 says: Oct 12, 2011 11:05 PM

    packfaninvikeland says:
    Oct 12, 2011 8:57 PM
    Even though the Vikings have been so bad this year, it is just shameless for other fans(including packer fans) to come and bash them for being proud of their team for once. Yeah they played a team worse than them. Who cares? Grow up and give credit where its due. Allen has played well all year! So has AP thats all they are saying.

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    This is the dumbest thing i’ve read all day. Vikes fans come on here and say how Allen is going to end Rodgers career when we play since he is playing sooooo well and you want other fans to roll over and keep quiet since we’re winning? You must be new here….

  29. cusoman says: Oct 13, 2011 12:13 AM

    burrito12 says:
    Oct 12, 2011 5:51 PM

    ————————————————————
    No, coming off a Super Bowl win, having the best QB and receiving corp in the league, and being undefeated translates into a good possibility of repeating.

    ———————————

    I bolded the most important part of your statement there for you. Fact is, you guys are already crowning yourselves the 2012 champs and the games haven’t even been played to the halfway point in the season yet. That’s ridiculous. Have we all forgotten the Patriots 07-08 “almost perfect” season so soon?

    Hell, the Vikings haven’t even played GB yet and as asinine and improbable as it sounds (I’m a realist here, don’t get me wrong), what if the Vikes were to find a way to beat the Pack both times? Then what? How good will your team be perceived then?

    You and the other fans, like the rest of the sports media, are making huge assumptions and hyper-extending hype that in a parity-rich league like the NFL, could be turned drastically on their head by the end of the season. I’d love to say I’d hate to see you all eat crow, but I can’t.

  30. packchampxlv says: Oct 13, 2011 4:06 AM

    *Crosby

    Like I say every week, just give it a few championships and we’ll all know how to spell their names right. Oh right, they don’t play on the east coast…

  31. MossMoon2Packers says: Oct 13, 2011 12:46 PM

    Btw, claymath52, how many POW awards has your boy got this year? He’s tied for last with nil. Get used it. Did you notice that your boy’s production has taken a nosedive ever since the NFL announced it was going to do HGH testing? But, I’m sure you believe that that’s just a strange coincidence.

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