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By PFW staff

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Matt Schaub  /  QB  /  Houston Texans

Schaub was sacked five times, but he led the Texans to their first-ever overtime win, throwing for a franchise-record 497 yards vs. the Redskins one week after he threw for just 107 yards in a victory over the Colts. Houston trailed by 17 points in the third quarter before Schaub, who threw three touchdown passes and one interception, led four unanswered scoring drives. He connected with top receiver Andre Johnson 12 times for 158 yards and a TD. "I'm just trying to give guys a chance to make a play," Schaub told reporters. "... We got behind in a tough environment and we battled, and it just shows the resolve this team has." Houston is 2-0 for the second time in franchise history.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Clay Matthews  /  OLB  /  Green Bay Packers

After sitting out most of training camp with a hamstring injury, Matthews has shown no signs of rust. He followed up a three-sack performance in the season opener vs. Philadelphia with another three sacks vs. a bloodied QB Trent Edwards and the lowly Bills, who had just 186 yards of total offense at Lambeau Field. The second-year veteran became the first player in Packers history to have three sacks in two consecutive games. He also had one other tackle for loss and two other hits on the quarterback in Green Bay's blowout win. "Just glad he's on our team," said QB Aaron Rodgers, who also starred on Sunday with a three-touchdown (two passing, one rushing) performance.

SPECIAL-TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Mike Nugent  /  PK  /  Cincinnati Bengals

It looks like the Bengals, who chose to keep Nugent over Dave Rayner after the two squared off in a placekicking competition during the preseason, made the right decision. Nugent made more field goals on Sunday than he did in the past two seasons combined. He accounted for all of the Bengals' 15 points in their win over the offensively challenged Ravens, connecting on kicks of 36, 30, 46, 38 and 25 yards. The last two kicks came in the final five minutes of the fourth quarter. Nugent, a sixth-year veteran, spent most of last season out of the league after being cut by the Buccaneers four games into the season, but he has yet to miss a kick on six attempts in 2010.

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