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OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Michael Bush / RB / Oakland Raiders

No Darren McFadden, no problem. Bush, the Raiders' No. 2 back, had a huge game in Oakland's 24-17 Thursday-night win over the Chargers, leaving the Raiders alone atop the AFC West. Bush rushed for 157 yards on 30 carries (5.2 avg.) and a touchdown. He also had three catches for 85 yards in the win. "I thought I was going to get it to Michael as many times as I think it took to win the game. If it meant 50 times, I would have handed it to him 50 times," Raiders head coach Hue Jackson said. Bush's 30 carries were a career-high, and his 242 yards from scrimmage were the most by a Raider since the 1970 merger. "I think a lot of people doubted me because Darren is hurt ... I guess because I'm not the same back as Darren," Bush said. "But we both complement each other, and at the end of the day the job gets done."

 

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Kamerion Wimbley / OLB / Oakland Raiders

Wimbley is the Raiders' top pass rusher but hadn't shown that to be true early in 2011, recording only two sacks in the team's first eight games. He proved it in Week 10 with a dominant performance in a huge 24-17 over the Chargers. The outside linebacker took full advantage of Chargers backup OLT Brandyn Dombrowski's lack of speed, going around him time and time again to wreak havoc in the San Diego backfield. Wimbley finished the game with four sacks, five QB hits and a pass defensed, as the Chargers lost 27 yards on the plays where Wimbley took down Philip Rivers. When asked why he had such a big game after getting off to a slow start this season, Wimbley said it's just part of how football works. "I've always thought that sacks come in bunches," he said. "And that's what happened."

 

SPECIAL-TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

John Kasay / PK / New Orleans Saints

The ageless Kasay, 42, continues to have an excellent season for the Saints. On Sunday, he made four of his five FG attempts, including the game-winner from 26 yards in the Saints' 26-23 victory over the Falcons in Atlanta. He also proved that his leg is still young, with a 52-yard field goal in the first quarter. He made both of his PAT attempts, giving him 14 points on the day. Kasay, who spent the past 16 seasons with the division-rival Panthers, has been a key member of the Saints so far this season, connecting on 22 of his 27 field-goal attempts. He hasn't missed a FG attempt from inside 39 yards this season and also has made two 50-yarders. Kasay has brought much-needed stability and consistency to the Saints' kicking game and has been a reliable option when the offense has stalled.

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