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OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Robert Griffin III / QB / Washington Redskins

The Redskins’ rookie quarterback put on quite a show in his return to Texas, where he rose to stardom at Baylor. His first game against the Cowboys fell on Thanskgiving, and RG3 feasted, throwing four touchdown passes (three in the second quarter) in Washington’s 38-31 win at Dallas. He completed 20-of-28 passes for 311 yards, throwing TD passes of 68, 59, 6 and 29 yards, and he also rushed six times for 29 yards. The Redskins built a 28-3 lead at the half, but the Cowboys rallied back to cut the lead to seven in the fourth quarter. RG3 didn’t panic. He led the Redskins on an 11-play drive that took 5:20 off the clock and ended with a field goal that basically sealed the game. “He’s kind of like ‘Cool Hand Luke,’ ” Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said. “He doesn’t get too upset about anything.”

 

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

J.J. Watt / DE / Houston Texans

If Watt was running on fumes late in Houston’s Thanksgiving Day win at Detroit, he did a good job of disguising it. “Ten quarters in five days, it’s draining physically and mentally,” Watt said. “But our team persevered.” Yes, the Texans needed overtime for the second game in a row, but they were able to escape with a 34-31 win Thursday. Watt recorded two of his three sacks in the fourth quarter with the Texans trailing the Lions by seven. He was his usual disruptive self all game long, recording five total tackles (four for loss), five QB hits and two passes defensed. Watt was the only Texans player to record a sack on a day when Lions QB Matthew Stafford dropped back to pass 66 times. Watt had one sack more than the Lions’ entire defense did. Houston has a defensive end to be thankful for this year.

 

SPECIAL-TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

T.Y. Hilton   •  WR  •  Indianapolis Colts

The Colts’ rookie wide receiver was listening when his head coach, Chuck Pagano, gave him some advice before Sunday’s game against the Bills. It came in handy when Hilton made his first punt return of the game. He put the Colts on the board first with a 75-yard return for a touchdown. “I talked to Coach Pagano before the game and he just told me to ‘stretch and cut, stretch and cut,’” Hilton said. “So I was able to stretch and my blockers did a good job of getting in front of their dudes, made two guys miss me and I went to the house.” Hilton came up big again later in the game, scoring on eight-yard TD pass from QB Andrew Luck. Indianapolis held on for a 20-13 win. “I’m excited for every one of these guys when they make a big play,” Colts WR Reggie Wayne said. “Everybody on this team, their futures are so bright.”

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