Week 12’s games shook up the NFL, as only one unbeaten team emerged and both wild card races were drastically altered. So who stood out in RealSport’s alternative players of the week?
Offensive Player of the Week:
AFC: Jeremy Maclin, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
Maclin kept the Chiefs in the mix with a great performance against Buffalo. Maclin finished with nine catches for 160 yards, including a 41 yard touchdown reception. Maclin averaged 17.8 yards per catch and has given the Chiefs the true number one receiver that they have lacked during Andy Reid’s tenure.
NFC: Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings
Peterson dominated Atlanta’s defense with 187 total yards. AP had 29 carries for 158 yards and two touchdowns, including an elusive 35 yard scoring run. Peterson averaged 5.4 yards per carry as well as two catches for 29 yards. Peterson is the focal point of Minnesota’s offense and can keep the Vikings in the driving seat for a playoff spot.
Defensive Player of the Week:
AFC: Logan Ryan, CB, New England Patriots
Ryan’s coverage proved key to holding Denver’s Demaryius Thomas to just one catch for 36 yards. Thomas was targeted 13 times, but was 0-10 on his first ten catches. Ryan defended four passes to keep Denver’s main aerial weapon out of the mix.
NFC: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, Detroit Lions
Ansah took over Detroit’s Thanksgiving game against the Eagles and stymied any chance of a Philly comeback. Ansah registered 3.5 sacks and a forced fumble in a dominant, disruptive display. With Ansah pressuring opposing quarterbacks, the Lions’ defense is starting to look like their impressive unit from last season.
Special Teams Player of the Week:
AFC: Jason Myers, K, Jacksonville Jaguars
Myers was a perfect 4/4 on field goal attempts against the Chargers, and was ½ on extra points. Myers scored 13 points all by himself, over half of what Jacksonville managed in total!
NFC: Jon Ryan, P, Seattle Seahawks
Ryan had six punts that netted a combined 218 yards against the Steelers. Ryan averaged an impressive 36.3 net yards per punt, and had a brilliant 63 yard punt that pinned the Steelers deep. Three of Ryan’s kicks went down inside Pittsburgh’s 20 yard line, and the Steelers were only able to return two punts for a combined 17 yards.