Week Two Players of the Week

Posted Sept. 18, 2012 @ 11:47 a.m.
Posted By PFW staff

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Reggie Bush / RB / Miami Dolphins

After being held to 10 points in a Week One blowout loss to the Texans, the Dolphins produced a 35-point output in a win over the Raiders thanks to an explosive Week Two performance from Bush. He rushed 26 times for 172 yards (6.6 average), including touchdown runs of 23 and 65 yards in the third quarter, and chipped in with a 25-yard catch, as well. With rookie QB Ryan Tannehill still learning the ropes, Dolphins first-year head coach Joe Philbin knows how valuable it is to have a big-play threat like Bush in the backfield. “First downs are tough to come by,” Philbin said. “Points are tough to come by. When you can get somebody to stick the ball in the endzone from a distance, which makes everybody’s life easier, it makes the defense better. It just helps out.”

 

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Clay Matthews / OLB / Green Bay Packers

Bears QB Jay Cutler wished the Packers’ defense “good luck” before their Week Two battle, but Green Bay might not have needed it. Their game plan could not have worked better. The Packers had four picks, sacked Cutler seven times and hit him 12 times in a 23-10 win. Matthews, who was credited with seven tackles (four solo) was in Cutler’s grill all evening, accounting for 3½ sacks (for a loss of 29 yards), four total QB hits and a pass defensed. At his press conference after the game, Matthews said he tried to let his play do the talking. “Obviously, the way we played tonight, I’ll let that speak for itself,” Matthews said. “It’s always good when you get after a quarterback, get him off his rhythm and have him throw some balls up there that I am sure he would want back.”

 

SPECIAL-TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Adam Vinatieri / PK / Indianapolis Colts

The focus in Indianapolis these days is mostly on the Colts’ younger players, but the oldest member of the team was back in the spotlight in Week Two. After missing a 37-yard field goal in Week One, the 39-year-old Vinatieri hit all three of his field-goal attempts, including a game-winner, in the Colts’ 23-20 win over the Vikings at Lucas Oil Stadium. He already had connected on 26- and 45-yard field goals when the Colts drove 45 yards in 19 seconds to set up a 53-yard attempt for Vinatieri with 12 seconds on the clock and the game tied at 20. The 17th-year veteran and four-time Super Bowl champion showed surprising leg strength, sending the 53-yard kick through the goal posts. He has delivered in much bigger moments during his decorated career, but the 53-yarder is the longest game-winning kick of his career.