AFC players of the week: Roethlisberger, Wilson, Janikowski

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, Bills safety George Wilson and Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski have been honored as the players of the week in the AFC.

Roethlisberger was limping so badly in pregame warmups that it seemed hard to believe he could even play, but he did more than just play: He completed 24 of 34 passes for 228 yards and five touchdowns, leading the Steelers to a big 38-17 win over a tough Tennessee Titans defense. This is Roethlisberger’s seventh offensive player of the week award in eight NFL seasons.

Wilson had 11 tackles, knocked down three passes and intercepted Michael Vick once in the Bills’ 31-24 win over the Eagles on Sunday. He has three interceptions this season for a Bills team that ranks first in both interceptions (12) and takeaways (16).

Janikowski tied an NFL record for the most field goals of 50 yards or more in a game, connecting on from 54, 55 and 50 yards, and he also made one from 42 yards in the Raiders’ win over the Texans. Janikowski already has five field goals of 50 or more yards this season, just three short of the NFL record for a single season.

45 responses to “AFC players of the week: Roethlisberger, Wilson, Janikowski

  1. Congrats to Ben. He is a warrior and played an awesome commanding game, leading the Steelers to a much-needed victory. This goes to show what he can do with a modest amount of protection from the OL. If they can keep it up, they will score a lot of points.

    GO STEELERS!!

  2. Seabass has been killing the ball like never before.

    He’s going to break both the longest FG record and the seasonal record for 50+ FG’s.

    They’re going to have to send him to the Pro Bowl this year, they’ll have no choice.

  3. Congrats to Ben….meanwhile Ed Bouchette just reported this little tidbit about Big Ben:

    Ben Roethlisberger is getting close to Terry Bradshaw’s record for career passing yards of 27,989. Ben needs 122 to hit 24,000 so some time next season he should pass Bradshaw, once an unthinkable achievement.

    Go Big Ben and Go Steelers!!!!!

    All you haters can go drive down a busy highway in the wrong direction….

  4. Hey look, Steelers fans have come out of hiding.

    Big Ben is a bigger diva than Tom Brady. This is just another case of Ben exaggerating an injury to make himself look tougher than he is. I’m just surprised he didn’t “reveal” other fake ailments in his post-game press conference.

  5. “Roethlisberger was limping so badly in pregame warmups that it seemed hard to believe he could even play”

    You actually fell for his drama Queen ways? Everybody knows he was faking it to get attention. You ever seen him roll on the ground holding his hurt foot/knee/leg, just to run for a 18 yard first down on the very next play? Bens need for attention is actually quite sad. Hopefully if he asks you to show him to the bathroom you don’t fall for that as well smdh…

  6. Don’t laugh when I state this: Before the Tennessee game, I told my nephew that Ben would play great, not to worry. He asked why I thought that. I told him that if you study Ben’s history, he always plays well when hurt. Why is that?

    Ben does not let his mind wander and try to make something out of nothing when hurt. He plays mentally stronger because he does not try to run and scramble as much, and concentrates more on getting rid of the ball in a timely fashion, as his options to get loose are not present. Sure, you may not see the super plays where he has barely gotten away or avoided a sack, but you also see a huge disappearance on sacks and turnovers, and his accuracy improves. He zones in on the pass, and he will not make near the mistakes. He is dynamite when hurt. Really, not making this up at all.

  7. Don’t ya just hate it when these diva douches try to do their “Willis Reed” impersonations?

    I was saying this before the game, that he was faking this “serious” injury.

    That way, if he plays like crap, he portrays himself as being “gutsy” for trying to play despite being badly hurt. And if he plays great, well… you know, the whole Willis Reed BS.

    Lame… very lame.

  8. @your6ringsaremeaninglessnow

    Of course a “modern age” qb would have more passing yards than a qb of the 70’s. But you know what isn’t “meaningless” when evaluating qb’s of the past. His four super bowl champion rings :).. Steeler nation, haters gonna hate. Mad props to Ben, love him or hate, hes tough and a winner.

  9. and to anyone who doubts how tough Big Ben is…..I guess his nose wasn’t REALLY broken last year against the ravens right!!!!

    Face it…he’s a modern day gladiator with the heart and soul of a champion.

    And like I said: All you haters can go drive down a busy highway in the wrong direction….

  10. I just can’t believe ANYONE outside Squealer Nation is fooled by this crapola.

    Of course, most of us who are both sane and outside Stooler Nation know better…

  11. JANIKOWSKI….. AKA SEABASS ….. the best fall-down drunken athlete in the history of sports.

  12. FYI janikowski has never made a pro-bowl. That’s BS, I live in Honolulu and hope to play golf with him one year for pro-bowl. Only reason he won’t make it this year is because he is playing in the superbowl.

  13. uvm and Kaz, 2 more people who were apparently dropped on their heads at birth, such that they can’t be objective when discussing football.

    GO STEELERS!!

  14. Sea Bass is a game changer. It may only be three points at a time, but he takes what would be a punt for a lot of kickers and turns it into points on the board.

    @joetoronto: Agree that Pro-Bowl may finally be in his future. The all-time leading scorer in Raiders history certainly deserves it.

  15. So are you saying Ben faked the x-rays that showed a sprained foot? Lots of internet tough guys here. I’m sure you’d be fine playing through that injury. Or the broken nose last year. He probably faked the injury last season too just to wear that huge boot in the Superbowl.

  16. Ben is faking huh, haters only losers say things like he is faking, and still calling him a rapist when you know theres no proof of that. So how many of you haters are browns fans.

  17. I can’t believe the number of idiots who post here.

    Kitna has more career yards than TB. Perhaps the game was DIFFERENT then?? Then again, I guess Kitna’s SB record should come into play here, right?? Or perhaps the fantasy numbers are actually important!!

    Last I checked the NFL is the ultimate team game and the acknowledged position leader on all TEAMS is the QB. TB with 4 SB wins and Ben with 3 SB apearances and 2 wins should mean something. But, I guess not to some haters.
    Of course, you haters will reference the great Steeler defenses that won all those games. Right??

  18. The fact fans of other teams are still on the Steelers sack, shows they fear the black and gold and what they are capable of doing in the league. Fear leads to hate. The Steelers consume you.

  19. uvmcatamounts says:

    Hey look, Steelers fans have come out of hiding.
    ————————————————-
    Sugar, I’ve been right here all the time, win or lose. How about you? What team do you support anyway? Or do you just troll to mouth off about other teams?

    Amazing how Roethlisberger faked that nose break last season, and the broken bone in his foot, the severed artery and jaw reconstruction from his motorcycle injury, the appendectomy, and now the MRI that showed this sprain. He’s quite a lil actor, he is.

  20. To me, the best thing about Roethlisberger being named offensive player of the week is that he didn’t throw for 400 yards. He managed a solid smashmouth offense. Our running game looked great, he threw for 228 yards and five TDs. That’s what I like to see in an offense. You can keep that high-flying stuff. How many QBs have passed themselves into the record books in losing efforts? The goal is to win the game.

  21. Don’t be mad Steeler fans. Bens been a Drama Queen. Everyone in football knows that duh. This isn’t anything new. Every year it’s something…. And his “injury” history and on field dramatics when taking a big hit has been a key part of his character throughout his career. I expect him to be in the hospital this week with some deadly lifethreatening disease just to play Sunday and hear all his Stealer fans cheer his “heroics”. Yawn. The act is old… I thought anyway. Clearly by the reaction of the Steeler fans the act is as good as it was the first 100 times he pulled it off. Simpletons.

  22. “hard to believe ”

    uh – yup

    COME ON PEOPLE – you don’t limp that badly and then all of a sudden turn it off –

    he’s a faker

  23. steeelfann says:
    Oct 12, 2011 2:21 PM
    Don’t laugh when I state this: Before the Tennessee game, I told my nephew that Ben would play great, not to worry. He asked why I thought that. I told him that if you study Ben’s history, he always plays well when hurt. Why is that?
    _______

  24. “Amazing how Roethlisberger faked that nose break last season, and the broken bone in his foot, the severed artery and jaw reconstruction from his motorcycle injury, the appendectomy, and now the MRI that showed this sprain. He’s quite a lil actor, he is.”

    just off the top of my head I remember bruised/broken ribs (Tomlin new nothing about), a spinal “concussion” (a term no doctor had ever heard of) and multiple hand/thumb injuries all of which seem to occur after a particularly bad game.

    There’s a term in sports Deb called “Loser’s Limp” and Ben’s got it bad. Anybody that’s played sports has played with somebody that’s got and it’s easy to recognize.

  25. Of course no one mentions George Wilson’s accomplishments in helping the Bills embarrass the Dream Team so I will. Wilson was all over the field last Sunday and helped the Bills defense improve it’s INT and Takeaway record. The Bills are the best in the league in both catagories so all of you who think this is a fluke can continue to underestimate the Bills all the way to the playoffs.

  26. joetoronto says:Oct 12, 2011 1:54 PM
    “He’s going to break both the longest FG record and the seasonal record for 50+ FG’s.”

    not sure you wanna have that record, I’d rather lead the league in XPs… Touchdowns > Field Goals.

  27. I love Ben and he’s a great QB, but Bradshaw was 4-0 in the big games, with two MVP awards. Ben Roethlisber is a great QB but he is still no Bradshaw.

  28. @Deb;
    Congrats to Ben for a good game. Hopefully he won’t win it the week he plays the Ravens.
    What do you attribute it to….Max Starks being back, or do you think Tomlin lit a fire underneath the team?

  29. Two nfl records in a single season, and he still will not go to the pro bowl….all because he is a raider.

    I think there needs to be a Al Davis Hall of Fame needs to be built to honor all the raiders.

  30. Big Ben deserves it. He one tuff quaterback. And under rated also. The man just wins. Glad hes the Steelers Qb cause thats my team.

  31. Not to take a way from the Big Hate and then subsequent Big Ben homerism, but this is a shout out to George Wilson, who is leading the Bills in Tackles and Interceptions his first year as a starter. Not bad for an undrafted former Wide Receiver. Int’s in three straight games is pretty impressive.

    He fits in real nicely with the 1st place Bills team of cast offs, undrafted guys, and high round forget abouts. Actually, “The Senator” leads the pack real nicely.

    Go Bills!!!

    You can now get back to your, “He was faking, no he is tough and clutch.” discussion.

  32. ravensman says:
    @Deb;
    Congrats to Ben for a good game. Hopefully he won’t win it the week he plays the Ravens.
    What do you attribute it to….Max Starks being back, or do you think Tomlin lit a fire underneath the team?
    ————————————————
    1. Max, Max, Max 😀
    2. Changes in offensive play-calling
    3. New attitude on defense

    I think Tomlin had his hand in all three of those 🙂

  33. I love the photo of Big Bum doing his “Linus Van Pelt” impersonation.

    I notice he got his thumb outta his mouth just in the nick of time, too.

    Too bad the photographer wasn’t just a little quicker with the camera shutter…

  34. just off the top of my head I remember bruised/broken ribs (Tomlin new nothing about), a spinal “concussion” (a term no doctor had ever heard of) and multiple hand/thumb injuries all of which seem to occur after a particularly bad game.

    ********

    I’m no Big Ben fan, But you may want to check your story. The broken ribs were found after the SB win against AZ.

    The Concussion was real. Team Doc said so.

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