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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Awards to come? Peterson already finalist for two

After a dominant performance in Chicago, Vikings rookie RB Adrian Peterson should clean up the weekly awards. Peterson, who already was September offensive rookie of the month, should certainly win rookie of the week, as well as NFC offensive player of the week.

Tom Brady (388 passing yards, five passing touchdowns) and LaDainian Tomlinson (198 rushing yards, four touchdowns) had huge days, but they're both in the AFC. The rookie award is a lock, and the only other outside contender for NFC offensive player of the week is Carolina's Steve Smith, who caught 10 passes for 136 yards and one touchdown.

The Vikings may need to get him another locker for all of these awards!

The NFL just released the candidates for NFL rookie of the week and FedEx ground player of the week.

Here are the finalists for rookie of the week:

* Tampa Bay’s Gaines Adams had five tackles (two solo) and one sack in the Buccaneers' 13–10 win over the Tennessee Titans.

* Kansas City’s Dwayne Bowe had four receptions for 46 yards in the Chiefs’ 27–20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

* Adrian Peterson led the Vikings in rushing with a team-record 224 yards on 20 carries and three touchdowns in the Vikings’ 34-31 win over the Chicago Bears.

* New Orleans’ Pierre Thomas scored one first-quarter touchdown in the Saints’ 28–17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Thomas scooped up a loose ball fumbled by Seahawks punter Ryan Plackemeier and ran it five yards for a touchdown in the Saints’ first win of the season.

* Green Bay’s De Shawn Wynn led the Packers in rushing with 37 yards on 13 carries with one touchdown in the Packers’ 17–14 win over the Washington Redskins.

Meanwhile, Peterson does have a legitimate challenger for NFL ground player of the week. Here are the other two finalists:

* Jacksonville’s Maurice Jones-Drew rushed for 125 yards on 12 carries and scored two touchdowns in the Jaguars' 37–17 win over the Houston Texans.

* San Diego’s LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for 198 yards on 24 carries and scored four touchdowns in the Chargers’ 28–14 win over the Oakland Raiders.


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