September 16, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers linebacker Donald Butler (56) and defensive end Corey Liuget (back) during the second quarter against the Tennessee Titans at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

Tom Brady, Donald Butler, Matt Prater Named AFC Players of the Week


The NFL has announced the AFC recipients of their weekly performance awards. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, San Diego Chargers linebacker and Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater were named the Offensive Player of the Week, Defensive player of the week and Special Teams Player of the Week respectively.

Brady led the Patriots offense to a 52-28 win over the Buffalo Bills during week four and his numbers were every bit as impressive as you would believe. He tossed 340 yards and three touchdowns. Brady finished the week with a quarterback rating of 120. It was Rodgers’ 48th career 300-yard passing game, the eighth-most 300-yard passing games in NFL history.

Butler returned an interception to pay dirt during the Chargers 37-20 win over the Bills. On top of the pick six, Butler added six tackles, one pass defensed and half a sack in the team’s victory.

Prater kicked three field goals (21, 43, 53) during the Broncos shellacking of the Oakland Raiders. How about this fun fact: Prater’s 53-yard field goal in the fourth quarter improved his career mark to 77.8 percent (14-of-18) for 50+yard field goals. He now has the highest field goal percentage over 50-yards currently in the league. 

Here are the Player of the Week results through week 4 of the season:

2012 AFC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

  Offense Defense Special Teams
Wk 1 QB Joe Flacco, Baltimore CB Tracy Porter, Denver PR-WR Jeremy Kerley, New York Jets
Wk 2 RB Reggie Bush, Miami DE J.J. Watt, Houston PR-CB Adam Jones, Cincinnati
Wk 3 RB Jamaal Charles, Kansas City DE Michael Johnson, Cincinnati KR-RB Darius Reynaud, Tennessee
Wk 4 QB Tom Brady, New England LB Donald Butler, San Diego K Matt Prater, Denver

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