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By Kevin Fishbain

The Patriots' offensive, defensive and special-teams players of the week in their 41-14 win over the Dolphins in Week Four:

Offense: BenJarvus Green-Ellis

In a night when 21 points were scored from special teams and defense, the Patriots did not have the ball enough to light up the scoreboard through the air. But Green-Ellis was the star on offense, rushing for 76 yards on 16 carries, including a 12-yard TD run. Green-Ellis, who averaged almost five yards a carry, has emerged as the Pats' top back with injuries to Kevin Faulk and Fred Taylor.

Defense: Rob Ninkovich

The much-maligned Patriots defense stepped up in crucial situations on Monday night, and Ninkovich had a career game. The fifth-year veteran had two interceptions and a sack to go along with four tackles. Ninkovich dropped into coverage and read Dolphins QB Chad Henne perfectly, picking him off in the first quarter. He struck again at the end of the second quarter, jumping Patrick Cobbs' route to collect his second interception. Ninkovich also sacked Chad Henne from the blind side when the 'Fins were driving in the fourth quarter.

Special teams: Patrick Chung

The Patriots' special teams won the Monday-night game, accounting for 14 points directly and leading to seven more. WR Brandon Tate is an honorable mention for his 103-yard kickoff return for a TD, but the player of the week prize goes to Chung, who blocked a punt and a field goal. Chung's blocked punt led to a Patriots TD on their ensuing drive, and his blocked field goal was picked up by CB Kyle Arrington and taken to the house. Chung also had a pick-six himself, accounting for essentially 21 points for the Patriots, an outstanding all-around game from the Patriots' most consistent player on defense.

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