The final week of the regular season saw some standout performances from players fighting to get into the playoffs, as well as some vintage form from a star veteran. Let’s see who made the list this week.
Offensive Player of the Week
AFC: Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
After fumbling on Pittsburgh’s opening drive, Brown redeemed himself with 13 catches for 187 yards and a touchdown. Brown’s 136 receptions this season were only seven shy of Marvin Harrison’s single-season record; a record Brown could’ve broken easily had Ben Roethlisberger been healthy for the entire year.
NFC: Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions
In what may have been his last game in Detroit, Megatron caught 10 of his 15 targets for 137 yards and a touchdown. It’s unclear where or even if Johnson will be playing next year, so his performance against Chicago may have been one of the best of his career.
Defensive Player of the Week
AFC: Vontaze Burfict, LB, Cincinnati Bengals
Burfict led Cincinnati’s defense in a rout of Baltimore with a disruptive performance. Burfict finished with 12 tackles, an interception, two passes defensed and two quarterback hits. Not bad for a veteran who underwent microfracture knee surgery in the offseason.
NFC: Will Blackmon, CB, Washington Redskins
Blackmon’s performance against Dallas helped the Redskins stifle the Cowboys en route to a dominant win. Blackmon had eight tackles, intercepted Kellen Moore, defended a pass, and forced a fumble.
Special Teams Player of the Week
AFC: Dustin Colquitt, P, Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs won their tenth consecutive game because they shut down Oakland’s offense. And a big reason for that was Colquitt’s punting, which buried the Raiders inside their own territory for much of the game. Colquitt’s five punts averaged 35.6 yards. Four landed inside the 20, and none were returned for any yardage.
NFC: Tress Way, P, Washington Redskins
Washington’s sophomore punter kept an already limp Cowboys offense buried in Dallas. Way’s four punts averaged an impressive 48.5 yards, with his longest travelling 51 yards. Three of Way’s punts landed inside the 20, keeping the Cowboys corralled. Dallas could only muster six return yards.