Colts RB Addai, Patriots LB Vrabel headline NFL Players of the Week

Oct 31, 2007 - 10:16 PM NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Leading up to the most anticipated regular season game of the season, the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots were well represented with NFL weekly awards as well.

Colts running back Joseph Addai was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week while Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel was selected as the AFC Defensive Player of the Week on Wednesday.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees won the NFC Offensive Player of the Week, while Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Trent Cole won the NFC Defensive Player of the Week. Detroit Lions kicker Jason Hanson and San Diego Chargers punter Mike Scifres were named the Special Teams Players of the Week for the NFC and AFC, respectively.

Addai scored three touchdowns and rushed 23 times for 100 yards in the Colts' 31-7 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. In his second season, Addai leads the league with seven rushing touchdowns and has reached the end zone in five of his past six games this season.

It was the second career Player of the Week award for Addai, who became the first Colts running back since 2000 to record a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown in the same game.

Vrabel was a key factor in the Patriots' 52-7 pounding of the Washington Redskins on Sunday. The 11-year veteran recorded 13 tackles, three sacks and three forced fumbles, which resulted in 17 points off turnovers.

It is the first Player of the Week award for Vrabel, who ranks second in the AFC with 7 1/2 sacks.

Brees completed 31-of-39 passes for a season-high 336 yards and four touchdowns in the Saints' 31-10 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. In the first half, Brees completed 21-of-26 for 222 yards with three touchdowns to lift the Saints to a 24-0 halftime lead.

It is the fifth career Player of the Week award for Brees, who also won two during his five-year tenure with the Chargers.

Cole was honored for the first time in his three-year career, leading the Eagles with 13 tackles, three tackles for a loss and two sacks in Philadelphia's 23-16 victory over Minnesota. Cole leads the NFL with nine sacks this season, including 7 1/2 in the past five games.

Cole is the first Eagles defensive end to win the award since N.D. Kalu in 2002.

Hanson made 3-of-4 field goal attempts and scored 10 points in the Lions' 16-7 win over the Chicago Bears. Hanson became the seventh player in NFL history to make at least three field goals in 50 games and moved into 12th place on the all-time scoring list with 1,591 points.

It is the 10th Player of the Week honor for the 16-year pro, who made a 52-yard field goal in the second quarter, making it the longest made field goal at Chicago by a Lions kicker in the history of a series that dates back to 1930.

Scifres punted five times with all five punts pinning the Texans inside their 20-yard line in San Diego's 35-10 win over Houston. Three of the punts went inside the 10-yard line and Scifres also tallied a career-high 50.2 net average.

It marks the first Player of the Week award for Scifres, who also had a season-best 63-yard punt in the game.






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