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OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Aaron Rodgers / QB / Green Bay Packers

Rodgers torched the Broncos through the air in Green Bay's 49-23 win, completing 29-of-38 passes for 408 yards and four touchdowns, which matched his career-high for TD passes in a game. He did even more damage with his legs. Rodgers rushed nine times for 36 yards and two TDs, making it a six-TD day. He's the first player in NFL history with at least 400 passing yards, four passing TDs and two rushing TDs in a game. "Aaron Rodgers, obviously, is playing extremely well," head coach Mike McCarthy said after the game. "I can't say enough. He is a special player." The Packers, winners of 10 in a row (including last year's playoffs), are rolling and Rodgers is the league's highest-rated quarterback (124.6) through Week Four. Only Tom Brady has thrown more TD passes (13), but his lead over Rodgers is down to one.

 

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Tamba Hali / OLB / Kansas City Chiefs

On a day when pick-sixes were plentiful around the league, Hali made his mark as a pass rusher, relentlessly pursuing Vikings QB Donovan McNabb. Hali finished tied for the team lead in tackles with seven (six solo), recorded both of Kansas City's sacks and was credited with hitting McNabb five times in the game. Three of those QB hits came in the second half, when the Chiefs pulled away and held off Minnesota to get their much-needed first win of the season, 22-17. Hali's second-quarter sack of McNabb brought up a 3rd-and-15 play from the Chiefs' 20. McNabb was then picked off by Brandon Carr, and the Chiefs responded with a field goal seven plays later. Hali, a sixth-year veteran, has recorded four sacks, putting him on pace to make 16. It would top his previous career high of 14½, which he set last season.

 

SPECIAL-TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Devin Hester / WR-RS / Chicago Bears

The NFL's all-time leader in combined kick returns for touchdowns added to his total in Week Four. Hester broke loose in the second quarter of the Bears' 34-29 win over Carolina on a 44-yard punt from Jason Baker. He split two diving Panthers defenders, dodging would-be tacklers on his way to a 69-yard punt return for a TD. "It was a bad hit on the punt, it let a lot of space on the field for me to try to create things," Hester said. The score not only was Hester's 11th punt-return TD in his career, but it broke a tie with Eric Metcalf to give him sole possession of first place in league history. Hester, who also had a 73-yard kickoff return in the game, celebrated in the endzone, doing three somersaults, which apparently was just a little too much for the officials, who flagged him for unsportsmanlike conduct.

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