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OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Aaron Rodgers / QB / Green Bay Packers

Is anybody going to stop this man? This space is Rodgers' for the second week in a row after he led the Packers back from a 14-0 deficit to beat the Falcons in the Georgia Dome. Rodgers was close to unstoppable again, completing 26-of-39 passes for 396 yards and two touchdowns. He was sacked four times but did not throw an interception. "I think that we got pressure on him throughout the ball game," Falcons head coach Mike Smith said. "We missed a couple of free hits. We had free runners and he was able to get out. We had a blitz up the middle where we didn't tackle high, we didn't pin his arm and he was able to get the ball out. The guy is playing unbelievably right now, through the first five games, probably as well as any quarterback." Rodgers completed passes to 12 different receivers in the game.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

George Wilson / S / Buffalo Bills

The Bills pulled off another stunner, intercepting QB Michael Vick four times in a 31-24 win over the Eagles. LB Nick Barnett made two of the interceptions and returned one for a touchdown, but Wilson picked off a Vick pass in the first quarter and led Buffalo with 11 tackles, all of which were solo jobs. He was flying all over the field against Philadelphia's potent attack and had one tackle for loss and one quarterback hit. He broke up two passes in addition to the interception. Vick racked up 405 total yards and threw two touchdown passes, but it wasn't enough. "When you go against Michael Vick, you can only hope to contain him," Wilson said after the game. The Bills did more than that Sunday — they took advantage of his errors, and they are still on top in the AFC East.

SPECIAL-TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Sebastian Janikowski / PK / Oakland Raiders

One of the strongest legs in the NFL was on full display in Week Five. With a heavy heart after the passing of Al Davis, who took a chance on Janikowski in the first round of the 2000 draft, Janikowski tied an NFL record for most 50-yard field goals in one game with three. He made all four of his field-goal attempts in Oakland's 25-20 win over the Texans, connecting on kicks of 54, 55, 50 and 42 yards. "(Davis) was looking over us," Janikowski told reporters after the emotional victory. "I was feeling good and hitting everything in warmups." Janikowski wasn't the only Raider that shined on special teams — RB Rock Cartwright ran for 35 yards, gaining a first down, on a fake punt, and Oakland deflected a punt, too, setting up a Janikowski field goal at the start of the second quarter.

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