Vikings RB Peterson headlines NFL Players of the Week

Nov 7, 2007 - 10:45 PM NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Three weeks ago, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson put a vice grip on the NFL Rookie of the Year Award. Now it looks as if he's putting the rushing title in his back pocket.

Peterson highlighted the NFL weekly awards on Wednesday by being tabbed as the NFC's Offensive Player of the Week.

New England Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss earned the corresponding honor in the AFC.

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Shaun Rogers and Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison were the respective Defensive Players of the Week of their conferences. The special teams honors were awarded to Washington Redskins kicker Shaun Suisham and San Diego Chargers cornerback Antonio Cromartie.

Peterson rushed for an NFL single-game record 296 yards and scored three touchdowns in the Vikings' 35-17 win over San Diego. Minnesota's first-round draft choice, Peterson carried the ball 30 times and averaged 9.9 yards per carry.

The 22-year-old scored on a one-yard run in the first quarter, a 64-yard rush in the third and a 46-yard burst in the fourth to become the first rookie in NFL history to record two 200-yard rushing games. The 217-pounder cracked the Chicago Bears defense for 224 yards and three touchdowns in Week 6 to earn his first career weekly award.

Peterson, who currently leads the NFL with 1,036 rushing yards and is on pace to pass Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (1,808) for the most rushing yards by a rookie, becomes the first running back to be named Offensive Player of the Week twice during his rookie year since Denver's Mike Anderson accomplished the feat in 2000.

Moss played a key role in helping the Patriots remain the only undefeated team in the NFL. In a matchup of unbeatens, Moss caught nine passes for 145 yards and a touchdown in New England's 24-20 win over the Indianapolis Colts.

The 10-year veteran has posted six 100-yard receiving games to help New England improve to 9-0. Moss, who leads all players with 12 touchdown receptions, has 924 receiving yards, easily leading the NFL in that category. This is Moss' fifth Player of the Week Award, but first since Week 10 in 2001 with the Vikings.

Rogers had a career-high 2.5 sacks and recorded the first interception of his career, which he returned 66 yards for a touchdown in the Lions' 44-7 victory over Denver. In his seventh year from Texas, this is Rogers' second career Player of the Week Award.

Harrison registered a career-high 3.5 sacks, nine tackles, one interception, two forced fumbles as well as a fumble recovery in a 38-7 victory over Baltimore. In his fourth season from Kent State, Harrison helped the Steelers' defense limit the Ravens to 104 total yards on offense. This is the 6-foot, 242-pound Harrison's first Player of the Week Award.

Suisham converted all five of his field-goal attempts, including the game-winning 46-yarder in overtime as the Redskins defeated the New York Jets, 23-20. Suisham's kicks of 46, 40, 22, 40 and 46 yards tied a club record for most in a contest to give him his first career Player of the Week Award.

Cromartie returned a 57-yard missed field goal 109 yards in the Chargers' loss to the Vikings. It was the longest play in NFL history, surpassing the record by a yard done three times before. It was Cromartie's third touchdown in the past two games. The second-year cornerback registered two scores the previous week against Houston, including a 70-yard interception return.

This is Cromartie's first Player of the Week Award.

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