Week Two Players of the Week

Posted Sept. 20, 2011 @ 11:38 a.m.
Posted By PFW staff

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Tom Brady / QB / New England Patriots

Brady wrote his name into the record books yet again with a fantastic Week Two performance. After throwing for 517 yards in Week One, the Patriots' QB went to the air time and time again in a big win over the Chargers, becoming the first player in league history to follow up a 500-plus yard passing performance with a game of 400-plus yards. Brady completed 31-of-40 passes and threw three TD passes in New England's 35-21 win. Brady threw for 423 yards in Week Two, setting the record for most passing yards in the first two weeks of a season. He summed up the performance after the game, but was already thinking ahead to the next opponent — the 2-0 Bills. "We took advantage of some of the opportunities that we got, had a big 99-yard drive in there — that was good for us," Brady said. "On to the next one."

 

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Morgan Burnett  / S / Green Bay Packers

The Packers allowed Cam Newton to continue firing away — he racked up 432 passing yards — in Week Two, but Burnett made big plays when the Packers needed them. He recorded a sack, forced a fumble that was recovered by CB Charles Woodson and made an interception in the second half of Green Bay's 30-23 win over the Panthers. Burnett, who had six tackles after leading the team with 14 in the season opener, began his string of big plays in the third quarter, when he stripped the ball from WR Steve Smith after a gain of 25. Burnett picked off a deep pass from Newton on the next Carolina possession. He sacked Newton in the fourth quarter on a 3rd-and-1 play, bringing up a fourth down that Carolina failed to convert. Two plays later, Aaron Rodgers threw an 84-yard TD strike and Green Bay had a 30-16 lead.

 

SPECIAL-TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Josh Cribbs / RS / Cleveland Browns

A couple of long returns by Cribbs gave the Browns good field position in their win over the Colts. Cribbs fielded a kickoff seven yards into Cleveland's endzone and returned it 52 yards in the second quarter, setting up a Browns touchdown. With Cleveland clinging to a five-point lead in the fourth quarter, Cribbs broke free for a 43-yard punt return, and the Browns were able to drive the remaining 28 yards for a game-clinching TD. "I love being the spark on the team whenever I can," Cribbs said. "Certain guys have certain roles on this football team. That's my role. I've accepted that role. I'm embracing it. The return team on both sides are embracing it and taking it to the fullest. We're ready." Cribbs had 132 total return yards in the game.