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Pennington, Holmes and Vinatieri named AFC Players of the Week
New York, NY (Sports Network) - New York Jets quarterback Chad Pennington,
Cleveland Browns linebacker Earl Holmes and New England Patriots kicker Adam
Vinatieri were named the AFC's Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams
Players of the Week, respectively, for the 17th week of the NFL season.
Pennington was named Offensive Player of the Week for the second straight
week and third time this season after he completed 17-of-24 passes for 194
yards and four touchdowns in a 42-17 win over Green Bay. The performance
helped the Jets clinch the AFC East Division title.
The third-year quarterback, who improved to 8-4 as a starter, posted a
single-game, club-record passer rating of 134.7. Pennington was especially
efficient on third down, completing eight of nine passes for 107 yards with
seven first downs and two touchdowns.
Holmes notched eight solo tackles (11 overall) in a 24-16 win over Atlanta
that helped the Browns earn a berth in the AFC playoffs. His final tackle,
with 23 seconds remaining, capped a goal-line stand that preserved the win.
Holmes, a seven-year veteran, recorded his first Player of the Week honor.
Vinatieri booted his 14th career game-winning field goal, a 35-yarder, in
a 27-24 overtime win over Miami. The kicker converted four straight field goal
attempts against the Dolphins, including a 43-yarder with 1:09 left in the
fourth quarter that forced overtime.
Vinatieri, a seven-year veteran, captured his sixth Player of the Week award.
Other nominees for Offensive Player of the Week were New England running back
Kevin Faulk, Cleveland running back William Green, Baltimore tight end Todd
Heap, Denver running back Clinton Portis and Pittsburgh running back Amos
Pittsburgh linebacker Jason Gildon, New York Jets safety Sam Garnes and
Baltimore linebacker Ed Hartwell received nominations for the Defensive
Player of the Week award, while Pittsburgh kick returner Antwaan Randle El
was considered for the Special Teams Player of the Week.
01/02 16:30:52 ET
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