OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Adrian Peterson / RB / Minnesota Vikings
Peterson, the league leader in rushing yards, continued his stunning comeback from a severe knee injury and came close to topping his output (182 yards rushing) vs. the Seahawks a week earlier. He had 27 carries for 171 yards (6.3 average) in the Vikings’ 34-24 win over the division-rival Lions and rushed 61 yards for the game-sealing touchdown midway through the fourth quarter. Peterson also ran in a two-point conversion to give Minnesota a 14-point lead earlier in the quarter. His parting words as the Vikings head into a Week 11 bye had to come as some not so welcome food for thought as far as opposing defenses are concerned. “I still can get stronger,” Peterson told reporters. “I’m still not there, man. I’m pressing to get there. I’m going to come back stronger and better after the bye.”
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Danieal Manning / FS / Houston Texans
Manning found himself in some very familiar surroundings when he arrived at Soldier Field for the Texans’ Sunday-night tilt against the league’s only other 7-1 team. That was his home stadium for the first five seasons of his career before he didn’t get the contract offer he was looking for from the Bears and made the move to Houston in free agency before the 2011 season. “Just pulling into the stadium I saw where we used to park,” Manning said. “I’m seeing the guys pulling in, I was like this is crazy. I’m on the other end.” He did not disappoint in his first game back in Chicago, forcing a fumble that the Texans recovered on the Bears’ first play of the game. Manning also intercepted Jay Cutler late in the first quarter, and the Bears’ offense, which later lost Cutler to a concussion, never was able to get on track.
SPECIAL-TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jacoby Jones / WR / Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens already had the game in hand when Jones set up to return a kickoff with 12:47 remaining in the Ravens’ blowout win over the Raiders. It didn’t make his 105-yard return for a touchdown any less impressive, though. Everything went right for Baltimore on Sunday — they actually scored on eight of their first 10 possessions and successfully converted a fake field goal for a TD in the third quarter, but Jones’ return was the cherry on top. His score helped the team set a franchise record for points in a 55-20 win. Jones is making exhilarating returns a habit in his first season with the Ravens — he tied an NFL record with a 108-yard kickoff return for a TD against the Cowboys in Week Six and is the first player in league history with two career kickoff-return TDs of 105 yards or more.