OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Anquan Boldin / WR / Baltimore Ravens
In his third game as a Raven, Boldin, who was traded by the Cardinals in the offseason, embarrassed Browns CB Eric Wright, beating him three times for touchdown grabs in Baltimore's 24-17 win over Cleveland. Boldin scored on receptions of eight and 12 yards in the first half, and his 27-yard TD reception in the fourth quarter put Baltimore ahead for good. Boldin made eight grabs for 142 yards in his first home game as a member of the Ravens, and he also became the fastest player in league history to reach 600 receptions. "Anquan showed why we wanted him to be a Raven," head coach John Harbaugh said. "He's our kind of guy. He played the way we want to play."
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
DeMarcus Ware / OLB / Dallas Cowboys
One week after a struggling Bears offensive line kept Ware from recording a sack, the Texans just couldn't figure out how to block him in a game the Cowboys believed they had to win. Ware was matched up against Rashad Butler, who was making his first NFL start in place of the suspended Duane Brown, for much of the game, and Ware sacked Texans QB Matt Schaub three times as the Cowboys avoided the dreaded 0-3 start. In addition to the trio of sacks, Ware had three other tackles, including two for loss. Ware said Dallas needed to play with some type of anger against its in-state rival. Schaub and the blockers that were supposed to protect him likely will be feeling Ware's wrath for a while.
SPECIAL-TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Leon Washington / RB / Seattle Seahawks
Some were wondering if Leon Washington would ever be the same while he laid on the ground in Oakland last October. The bone in his right leg was poking through his skin, according to his Jets teammates, and he underwent surgery to repair the broken leg after the game. Washington, who was dealt from the Jets to the Seahawks in the offseason, had his answer in Week Three. The five-year veteran returned two kickoffs for touchdowns, tying an NFL record. Washington began the second half by taking one back 101 yards, putting Seattle up 17-0, and returned another 99 yards for what turned out to be the game-winning score with 6:24 left in the fourth quarter after San Diego had tied the score at 20-20.