OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Aaron Rodgers / QB / Green Bay Packers
One week after blowing a 21-3 halftime lead in a loss to the Colts, the Packers rebounded with a dominant performance in their 42-24 road win over the Texans. Green Bay became the first team to beat Houston this season, and Rodgers threw six touchdown passes, setting a career high and tying a franchise record as the Packers improved to 3-3. “This is just a team that has a lot of pride in our locker room,” Rodgers said. “I said it this week, there’s not any quit in that locker room. It’s almost better when people are doubting us a little bit, I think. We kind of band together. People tried to pull us apart this week and we stuck together and found our motivation.” Rodgers, the reigning MVP, completed 24-of-37 passes for 338 yards and did not turn the ball over.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Antrel Rolle / FS / New York Giants
The Giants dealt the 49ers the most lopsided loss of head coach Jim Harbaugh’s tenure in Week Six, and Rolle picked off 49ers QB Alex Smith twice Sunday, matching his pick total from last season. It was a rematch of last season’s NFC championship game, but the Giants were the only team that appeared to be playoff-caliber in a 26-3 rout. Rolle, who also had a tackle for loss in the game, made both of his picks in the third quarter, setting up a pair of Lawrence Tynes field goals as the Giants padded their lead. It could have been an even more lopsided affair if the Giants’ offense had been able to capitalize on the great field position provided by converting Rolle’s takeaways into touchdowns. The Giants took over at the 49ers’ 12- and 5-yard line to start the possessions following the two picks.
SPECIAL-TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jacoby Jones / WR-RS / Baltimore Ravens
With the Ravens ahead by four points early in the third quarter vs. the Cowboys, Jones fielded Dan Bailey’s kickoff eight yards deep in the endzone. He could have played it safe and taken a knee, but the Ravens have to be glad he did not. “You know when you get that itch? I wanted to scratch it,” Jones said. “So I took it.” He took it all the way back for a touchdown, tying an NFL record with the 108-yard return. Jones didn’t even have to break a tackle during the return — none of the Cowboys on the coverage unit touched him. He cut to the right and found daylight. Bailey gave chase, but Jones was long gone, and Baltimore held on for a 31-29 win Sunday to improve to 5-1 heading into a Week Seven matchup with Jones’ team for the previous five seasons, the Texans.