Big numbers were posted all around the league this weekend, making this week’s choice for Player of the Week a difficult one. In Atlanta, Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer completed 36 passes for 412 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan found receiver Roddy White 11 times for 201 yards and 2 scores in a Falcons win. Speaking of big game by wide receivers, Tennessee’s Kenny Britt caught 7 balls for a career-high 225 yards and 3 touchdowns in a Titans win over the Eagles. As great as those performances were, I believe I can name two that were better. Between those two, I can’t choose one over the other, and that’s why I’m rolling with Week 7 Co-Players of the Week.
The first recipient is Oakland’s Darren McFadden. In a stunning rout of the rival Denver Broncos, McFadden found the endzone four times. The third-year back ran the ball 16 times, slipping through the Broncos’ porous defense for 165 yards and three touchdowns. McFadden was also on the receiving end of a 19-yard touchdown pass from Jason Campbell in the second quarter. Behind McFadden’s four scores, the Raiders scored the most points in their 50-year history, beating Denver by a score of 59-14.
For the second recipient, I’d like to take a look at the defensive side of the football. In another record performance, Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall intercepted four Jay Cutler passes on the day. The four picks ties a record held by 18 others, and makes Hall the first player to accomplish the feat since Denver’s Deltha O’Neal in 2001. Even more important, Hall’s one-handed interception that was returned for a touchdown late in the third quarter proved to be the difference in the 17-14 Washington victory. Hall also recorded a team-high 7 tackles on the day.
Both of these big time efforts were worthy of being acknowledged for last weekend’s games. Were you a fan of another performance that wasn’t named? Let us know below!
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