Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was named the NFC’s Offensive Player of the Week, the league announced on Wednesday.
Rodgers completed 21-of-26 passes (80.8 percent) for 247 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 145.8 passer rating in the Packers’ 45-38 win at San Diego. He also added 52 rushing yards.
Rodgers is the first quarterback in NFL history to register a 110-plus passer rating in eight consecutive games in a season, breaking a tie with Steve Young. He’s also the first player in NFL history with at least 2,600 passing yards (2,619) and 24 touchdowns in the first eight games.
This is Rodgers’ fifth career Player of the Week Award — all since Week 13 of last season — and the third of this season (Week 1 and Week 4). He is the first player to be named NFC Offensive Player of the Week three times in the first nine weeks of a season since Seattle’s Shaun Alexander in 2005.
Giants linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka (12 tackles and an interception against New England) won on defense and Arizona’s Patrick Peterson (game-winning 99-yard punt return) won on special teams. Packers safety Charlie Peprah (two interceptions) was nominated on defense.
Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore (three touchdowns, 147.5 rating), Jets linebacker David Harris (five tackles, one interception against high-flying Buffalo) and the Broncos’ Eddie Royal (touchdowns as a punt returner and receiver) won the AFC honors.
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