Week Four Players of the Week

Posted Oct. 02, 2012 @ 10:50 a.m.
Posted By PFW staff

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Roddy White / WR / Atlanta Falcons

Whenever the Falcons fell behind the Panthers in Week Four, QB Matt Ryan could look to WR Roddy White’s trusty hands to help Atlanta strike back. Ryan targeted White a team-high 12 times, and White responded, making eight catches for 169 yards. His touchdown grabs of 49 and 14 yards in the first half tied the game or gave the Falcons the lead, and his longest catch of the day, a leaping 59-yarder, began the 77-yard drive that culminated in PK Matt Bryant’s game-winning 40-yard field goal. “Matt (Ryan) told me he was going to throw it up there, and make a play,” White said. “I just tried to track the ball, and tried to get to it. I tried to hold on to it, and give our team an opportunity to win.” As head coach Mike Smith said after the game, that is why White has been to the Pro Bowl each of the past four seasons.

 

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Cameron Wake / DE / Miami Dolphins

While the Dolphins came up short in their bid to become the first team to beat the Cardinals this season, Miami’s pass rush certainly made quite an impression on Cardinals QB Kevin Kolb, who was sacked eight times. Kolb got to know OLB Cameron Wake best of all — Wake recorded 4½ of the Dolphins’ sacks. Wake’s sacks alone resulted in a loss of 30½ yards for Arizona. “Team-wise, personal-wise, offense-wise, that was crazy,” Kolb said of the game, in which the Cardinals came back from a 13-0 halftime deficit to win in overtime. While he was not pleased with the outcome, Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin had to admit it was impressive to watch Wake go to work. “It was fun watching him play on the plane ride home, some of the plays he made,” Philbin said. “You’re happy for guys when they produce like that.”

 

SPECIAL-TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Greg Zuerlein / PK / St. Louis Rams

Rams rookie PK Greg Zuerlein accounted for 13 points in St. Louis’ 19-13 win over the NFC West-rival Seahawks in Week Four. It was an historic day for the 2012 sixth-round pick from Missouri Western State. He connected on kicks of 58, 48, 60 and 24 yards, becoming the first player in league history to make a 60-yard field goal and a 50-yard field goal in the same game. He set a franchise record with his 58-yarder in the first quarter before topping it in the third quarter with the 60-yarder. The Rams have quickly learned that they can trust the steady first-year player, who is a perfect 12-for-12 on field-goal attempts. “I was on the headsets and I said, ‘Field goal,’ and somebody said ‘Field goal?’” head coach Jeff Fisher said of the 60-yard attempt. “I said, ‘Yeah, it’s only 60. It’s well within his range.’”