Patriots players of the week: Week 11

Posted Nov. 22, 2011 @ 2:39 a.m.
Posted By Kevin Fishbain

The Patriots' offensive, defensive and special-teams players of the week from their Week 11 win over the Chiefs.

Offense: TE Rob Gronkowski

Can anyone defend Gronk? He scored two touchdowns in the win, becoming the fastest tight end in NFL history to get to 20 career touchdowns. Gronkowski finished with four catches for 96 yards and showed that he is also lethal in the open field, as both his touchdowns came with long runs after the catches.

Defense: DE Andre Carter

There certainly is no question who the Patriots' best free-agent acquisition is. Carter was in the backfield all night, recording one-half sack, seven tackles, two tackles for loss, three QB hits and a pass defensed. It took the Pats' defense a little while to get going, but it made Tyler Palko's life difficult, especially in the second half. Much of that was because of Carter, who also made key stops against the run. Honorable mention goes to CB Kyle Arrington, who continues to be in the right spot at the right time. He had two picks in the game, giving him seven on the year.

Special teams: PR Julian Edelman

In case anyone thought that Edelman's participation on defense would affect his punt returns, well, you didn't have to worry about that. Edelman returnd a punt 72 yards for a score, his first punt-return touchdown of the season. Edelman also was around the ball on kickoff coverage.