Playmakers of the week include Vikings WR Justin Jefferson and Colts RB Jonathan Taylor
Wide receiver Justin Jefferson of the Minnesota Vikings had a spectacular game in what has been called the best game of the year.
After making spectacular catch after spectacular grab, Jefferson was named one of the NFL’s Players of the Week on Wednesday.
Jefferson was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week after hauling in 10 passes for 193 yards and scoring a score on a 22-yard catch in the Vikings’ 33-30 overtime victory against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. As evidence of how impressive he was, Jefferson set a new Next Gen Stats record for most receptions in a game with a completion probability of less than 50% with nine.
Jonathan Taylor, a running back with the Indianapolis Colts, was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week. After missing time this year due to an ankle injury, Taylor returned with a spectacular performance in the Colts’ 25-20 triumph against the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday. Taylor’s 22 rushes gained 147 yards and a score, which was crucial to Indy’s victory.
After a 21-16 victory against the Seattle Seahawks in Munich, Devin White and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers went home with a keepsake in the shape of NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for White, who plays linebacker. In the Bucs’ victory, White was instrumental, with nine tackles, two sacks, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.
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On Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the New Orleans Saints 20-10 behind a dominant defensive performance. Linebacker Alex Highsmith was instrumental in this victory. Highsmith had five tackles, two sacks, a tackle for loss, and a forced fumble in Pittsburgh’s victory, earning him the title of AFC Defensive Player of the Week.
When the Washington Commanders defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 32-21 on Monday night, it was thanks in large part to the efforts of kicker Joey Slye, who racked up a lot of points for the winning team. All six of Slye’s kicks in Week 10 went through, earning him the NFC’s Special Teams Player of the Week. His four field goal tries were all successful; he kicked one from 55 yards and another from 58 yards.
Ryan Stonehouse, punter for the Tennessee Titans, was named the American Football Conference’s Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday for his efforts in the Titans’ 17-10 victory against the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Stonehouse punted the ball eight times, three times placing the ball inside the opponents’ 10-yard line. His punts averaged 54 yards with a long of 74.