OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Michael Turner / RB / Atlanta Falcons
Turner rushed for a season-high 139 yards on 27 carries (5.1 avg.) and the Falcons moved back to the .500 mark, securing a much-needed win against the Panthers at the Georgia Dome. When the Falcons approached the goal line against Carolina, they turned to their powerful back to finish off drives. He scored two touchdowns, finding paydirt on rushes of one and two yards. "I saw a lot of green as a running back today," Turner said after the game. "The offensive line provided huge running lanes to make big runs. We wanted to give the team a big spark by producing a good amount of yards on the ground, and controlling the clock. We wanted to play hard for the team and I am very pleased with the performance." Turner had a 33-yard run and also set up a fourth-quarter field goal with a 24-yard rush.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Kurt Coleman / S / Philadelphia Eagles
Coleman, who had one pick in the first 20 games of his career, had three of them at the expense of Rex Grossman, who was picked off four times in Week Six, and the Redskins. Coleman was demoted after Week Three, but returned to the starting lineup to fill in for the injured Jarrad Page vs. Washington and he had a team-best seven tackles to go along with his trio of takeaways. "I wasn't getting it done, and that was apparent," Coleman told reporters. "It was a humbling experience. God taught me a lesson and I just worked my butt off the last couple weeks." Coleman had two of his picks in the third quarter before Mike Shanahan had seen enough and pulled Grossman from the game, replacing him with John Beck. That didn't stop Philadelphia from ending its four-game losing streak with a 20-13 win at FedEx Field.
SPECIAL-TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Shane Lechler / P / Oakland Raiders
The Raiders went into their bag of tricks on special teams for the second week in a row on Sunday vs. the Browns, and earned another win. One week after converting a first down on a long run off a fake punt, Oakland pulled off a fake field goal against Cleveland, and Lechler was able to show off his arm. On fourth down from the 35-yard line, Lechler, who lined up as the holder, fielded the snap, stood up and tossed the ball to TE Kevin Boss, who was wide open on the right side of the field. Boss ran all the way to the endzone for a touchdown, giving the Raiders a 24-7 lead. It was the first pass of Lechler's career. "We've run that play in practice for 12 years," Lechler said. He also dropped two of his four punts inside the 20-yard line and held Josh Cribbs to two punt returns for 30 yards and a fair catch.