OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Chris Johnson / RB / Tennessee Titans
No, Johnson is not a member of Congress, but he is a Bill killer. In three career games vs. the Buffalo Bills, Johnson has racked up 480 yards rushing on 67 carries (7.2 average) and six touchdowns, including his 18-carry, 195-yard performance in the Titans’ Week Seven win at Buffalo. Johnson had yet to score a TD this season before busting loose on TD runs of 16 and 83 yards in the first quarter of Sunday’s game. He looked like the CJ2K of old. “Yeah, I’ve been waiting for it for a while,” Johnson said. “I don’t think I went 80 yards in like two years, so it feels good.” Johnson gave Tennessee the boost it needed early with the TD runs, and he had a key 27-yard rush on the Titans’ drive late in the fourth quarter before QB Matt Hasselbeck connected with WR Nate Washington on a game-winning 15-yard TD pass.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Malcolm Jenkins / FS / New Orleans Saints
The Saints’ pass defense was torched again in Week Seven, as Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman threw for 420 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Of course, Jenkins deserves some of the blame for those struggles, but he deserves all of the credit for a game-saving third-quarter tackle. With the Saints leading by seven, Bucs WR Vincent Jackson had nothing but daylight ahead of him as he broke free and headed for the endzone after making a catch on a deep pass from Freeman. Jenkins chased Jackson down, though, making a tackle at the Saints’ 1-yard line after a 95-yard gain. The Saints responded with a goal-line stand, stuffing the Bucs on four consecutive plays, including a Jenkins stop on 3rd-and-goal, and held on for a 35-28 win. Jenkins led the Saints with nine tackles (six solo), including one for loss.
SPECIAL-TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Andy Lee / P / San Francisco 49ers
In a defensive battle Thursday night, Lee’s punts turned the field in the 49ers’ favor time and time again in their 13-6 win over the division-rival Seahawks. Lee, a three-time Pro Bowler, punted five times for 228 yards and dangerous PR Leon Washington was held to two returns for five yards, resulting in a 44.6-yard net average for Lee, who did not have a touchback. He pinned Seattle inside its own 20-yard line four times — the Seahawks began drives at their 4-, 33-, 14-, 9- and 11-yard line following Lee’s punts. With San Francisco clinging to its seven-point lead late in the four quarter, Lee saved his finest boot for last, punting a 66-yarder to Washington, who fielded the kick at the 6-yard line before making only a five-yard return. The Seahawks’ offense was no match for the 49ers’ “D” and the long field provided by Lee.