The season is over, plus a week. And it became interesting in the field.
Off the field, our admiration for feats is reflected in the trophies for each group of games.
It’s the tenth week prizes. Same classes as always.
Shown below are all of the award winners, as well as the finalists.
Offensive Player of the Week: Vikings Future Justin Jefferson.
Normally, I try not to double up on prizes. Arguably, the Vikings’ victory on Sunday warranted a clean sweep, but the fact that the Vikings had no rookie contributed to the dramatic and inexplicable win in Buffalo.
Although Week 10 saw plenty of great offensive performances, it’s impossible not to make Jefferson the Player of the Week. His ten catches for 193 yards and a touchdown would be enough, and the fact that he made one of the best catches anyone has ever seen with the game on the line.
In that same game, a 33-30 overtime win at Buffalo, Jefferson set the record for the most games for most 100 receiving yards (20) and the most 150 yards receiving (seven) during the first three years of a player’s career—and he still has eight games to go.
If he continues to play like he did on Sunday, it will add to both totals. And he might end up running for MVP, an award no receiver has ever won.
Other Finalists: Giants running back I will be Barkley (35 carries, 152 yards, a touchdown), Dolphin quarterback Toa Tagovailoa (285 passing yards, three touchdowns) Dolphins running back Jeff WilsonJr. (143 yards from scrimmage, 1 touchdown), Colts running back Jonathan Taylor (147 rushing yards, a touchdown), Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (331 passing yards, four touchdowns), Packs receiver Christian Watson (107 receiving yards, three touchdowns), Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (119 yards, 1 touchdown), Bears quarterback Justin Fields (147 rushing yards, 167 receiving yards, four touchdowns),
Defensive Player of the Week: Vikings cornerback Patrick Peterson.
The 12-year-old veteran had one of the best tackles of his career, with two interceptions. Both were crucial.
With the Vikings trailing by 10 points with 10:42 to play and the Bills trying to re-establish a 17-point margin by going 4th and two Minnesota 7, Peterson’s instincts got the better of the preparations.
Peterson explained to PFT on the phone after the final win that as soon as the Bills’ Josh Allen broke the pocket to the right, Peterson pushed his man, the receiver. Isaiah Mackenzie, Out of bounds. This resulted in Mackenzie being removed from the play. (Could you See Mackenzie standing there, watching everything that happened after you pushed him out of bounds). Then Peterson basically became a rover.
“I looked to my right and saw a tight end,” said Peterson. “I saw him come back towards me and I noticed Josh noticed him and the next thing you know I just stepped in front of the play.”
Fast forward through lots of crazy plays and developments, and Peterson had the game making the interception in the same end zone, not far from where he made his first.
Thanks to the study of the film, he knew the tracks used by the receiver Gabe Davis He ran when lined up on the far right of the formation. Peterson expected Davis to eventually break inside. Davis did. At that point, Peterson stopped covering the receiver and began guarding the quarterback, waiting for the throw Peterson felt was coming.
he is coming. Peterson caught. game over.
Other Finalists: Pirates linebackers Devin White (2 sacks, forced fumble), Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones (1.5 bags) black cornback Jeff Okuda (Pick Six), Packers Defensive Back Rudy Ford (2 objections).
Rookie of the Week: Packers future Christian Watson.
Watson’s rookie season began by dropping what would have been a wide open touchdown on a long pass on his first play from scrimmage. This does little to earn the quarterback’s trust Aaron Rodgers.
On Sunday, Watson earned it all with three touchdowns. Each was crucial to the effort to snap a five-game losing streak with the Cowboys upset.
The first one, a 58-yard catch and run, tied the game at seven. The next drive, 39 yards on fourth down and seven, halved the 14-point deficit. The last one, a seven-yarder, helped force overtime.
Other Finalists: Pirates running back Rachel White (105 rushing yards), Texas running back Damon Pierce (94 rushing yards), Steelers quarterback Kenny Beckett (199 passing yards, 51 rushing yards, a rushing touchdown), the leaders running back Brian Robinson (86 yards rushing, a touchdown).
Coach of the Week: Head Coach Ron Rivera.
The Eagles have not lost a match. They had 11 days to prepare. The Chiefs, repeatedly distracted by the off-court drama, were reeling from blowing a 10-point, quarterback lead against the Vikings.
Rivera got his losing double-digit team ready, focused, and motivated to take on the last undefeated team in the league, and in doing so, shove the leaders into the mix for a potential clean sweep of the three NFC tag berths in the second, third, and fourth place teams in the NFC East.
Rivera recently lost his mother. He was emotional in the locker room. And he inexplicably keeps his team in the thick of things, despite unprecedented organizational turmoil.
Other Finalists: Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell, Colts coach Jeff Saturday, Packers coach Matt Lafleur.
Play of the Week: Justin Jefferson 32 yards, with one hand On fourth and 18th with two minutes left in regulation.
What more could be said about one of the most baffling receptions anyone has ever seen? It was a cross between a one-handed OBJ from 2014 and a David Tyree helmet handlebar from early 2008.
The fact that it didn’t happen at the Super Bowl makes it less exciting than Tyree’s effort. Still, it had a lot of feel to it, as the Vikings were hoping to show everyone (including themselves) that they could beat an elite team on the road, something they hadn’t done in years.
Cornback Bells Cam Lewis Jefferson inadvertently helped make an unimaginable catch. Instead of just trying to break it up, Louis wanted to object. He kept trying to snatch the ball from Jefferson from the moment it came in until the moment Jefferson somehow got it off the ground.
Other Finalists: Josh Allen touch the goal line Which led to a defensive touchdown for the Minnesota Bills receiver Stephen Diggs‘s with one handPackers receiver Christian Watson 39 yards touchdown On Day 4 and 7, Lions cornerback’s Jeff Okudah Pick sixHowever, the Bucs’ running back botched a pass by the halfback Leonard Fournet to quarterback Tom BradyColts quarterback Matt Ryan‘s 39-yard runColts running back Jonathan Taylor 66 yard touchdown runVikings running back Dalvin Cook 81-yard touchdown runtitans welcome Nick Westbrook Aiken‘s 63 yards touchdown On the blink of a flea, Bears quarterback Justin Fields 67 yard touchdown run.