OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Andrew Luck / QB / Indianapolis Colts
The Colts improved to 5-3 on a historic day by Luck, who is helping the club shatter expectations in his first season. He completed 30-of-48 passes for 433 yards — topping Cam Newton’s mark of 432 for the NFL rookie record — two touchdowns and no interceptions in Indianapolis’ 23-20 win over Miami. Against the league’s top-ranked third-down defense, Luck, the first overall pick in this year’s draft, was unfazed, completing 13-of-17 passes for 204 yards and a TD on third down. “The kid, he continues to amaze,” Reggie Wayne said after the game. “Hopefully I can help add on to his legacy that he’s about to build.” Luck tied another record in Week Nine — he and ex-Colts QB Peyton Manning are the only rookie QBs to compile four 300-yard games in a season.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Charles Tillman / CB / Chicago Bears
Tillman’s patented ball punch was more effective than ever in Week Nine. Tillman set a career high, forcing four fumbles — three of which were recovered by the Bears, the other of which went out of bounds — in Chicago’s 51-20 win at Tennessee. He now has 36 forced fumbles in his career, seven more than he started the season with, but Tillman, who also had nine solo tackles and a pass defensed, was not overly impressed with his achievement after the game. “I don’t think it is difficult,” Tillman said. “It is always on my mind. I am very conscious of it. I speak it. I believe it. I practice it. It happens.” Teammate Lance Briggs called Tillman the team’s defensive MVP. “I think we are all seeing history being made,” Briggs said. “I’ve never seen anybody who’s been able to do the things he’s able to do, and to do it so consistently.”
SPECIAL-TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Trindon Holliday / RS / Denver Broncos
In his first game as the Broncos’ kickoff returner, Holliday gave Denver the boost it needed at the start of the second half. He returned Bengals PK Mike Nugent’s kickoff 105 yards for a TD, giving the Broncos a 17-3 lead in their 31-23 win at Cincinnati. It is the longest play in Broncos history and the longest kickoff return allowed by the Bengals. Holliday, who was claimed off waivers from the Texans on Oct. 11, had been returning punts for Denver, but Sunday was his first day as the team’s kickoff returner. He had what head coach John Fox called “a little boo-boo” late in the third quarter, when Nugent’s kickoff landed inside the Broncos’ 5-yard line and neither Holliday nor Broncos RB Lance Ball fielded the kick before Ball eventually fell on the ball at the 1-yard line.