OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jamaal Charles / RB / Kansas City Chiefs
The Saints just could not put away the Chiefs in a battle of winless teams, and Charles helped lead Kansas City back from an 18-point deficit for an overtime victory at the Superdome. Charles started the comeback with a 91-yard run — the longest running play in Chiefs history — for Kansas City’s only touchdown of the game. He finished with 233 yards on 33 carries (7.1-yard average) and also made six catches for 55 yards (9.2 average). Charles joined Hall of Fame RB Jim Brown — who accomplished the feat in 1961 — as the only players to gain at least 225 yards rushing and 50 yards receiving in the same game. “We knew coming in that we could run against this defense,” Charles told reporters. “It was an opportunity we had to take advantage of.”
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
J.J. Watt / DE / Houston Texans
The Texans are one of only three undefeated teams in the league, and Watt’s play is one of the biggest reasons for their success. After recording 1½ sacks in each of the first two games, Watt delivered one of his finest performances in Houston’s first true test of the season at Denver. He sacked Broncos QB Peyton Manning 2½ times in Houston’s 31-25 win and also forced a holding penalty in the third quarter, nullifying a 36-yard gain. Watt finished with seven tackles (six solo), four tackles for loss and three QB hits. The second-year pro already has as many sacks (5½) as he did in 16 starts last season. While he impressed as a rookie, it’s no surprise that Watt is not resting on his laurels. After all, only four years ago he was a walk-on at Wisconsin toiling on the scout team.
SPECIAL-TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Darius Reynaud / RB / Tennessee Titans
On a play that set the tone for a wild battle between the Lions and Titans, Reynaud helped bring back memories of the Music City Miracle from Tennessee’s 2000 playoff win over the Bills. Reynaud tossed a lateral to Tommie Campbell, who ran 65 yards for a touchdown on a punt return in the first quarter. Reynaud also set a franchise record with a 105-yard kickoff return for a TD as Tennessee evened the score at 27 with 6:41 left in the fourth quarter. The excitement was far from over, as Detroit became the first team in NFL history to score two TDs in the final 18 seconds of regulation to either take the lead or force overtime. Tennessee won in overtime, though, and Reynaud played a key part in two of the Titans’ league-record five TDs of at least 60 yards.