STEELERS K JEFF REED NAMED AFC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Kicker JEFF REED was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week, while quarterback BRETT FAVRE of the New York Jets and linebacker DERRICK JOHNSON of the Kansas City Chiefs are the AFC Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week for games played the fourth week of the 2008 season (September 28-29).
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He has made all seven field goal attempts this season, including a career-long 53-yard field goal.
In his seventh season from North Carolina, this is Reed's third career Special Teams Player of the Week Award. He previously won the award in 2004 (Week 17).
- In his 257th consecutive start as an NFL quarterback, Favre posted a career-high six touchdown passes as the Jets defeated the Arizona Cardinals 56-35. He completed 24 of 34 passes (70.6 percent) for 289 yards with six touchdowns versus one interception and a 123.7 passer rating. Favre's six touchdown passes tie Pro Football Hall of Famer JOE NAMATH (6 at Baltimore Colts on 9/24/72) for most touchdowns by a Jets quarterback. Favre's previous career high was five touchdowns, which he accomplished three times. This also marked the 20th time in his career that Favre recorded four or more touchdowns. The Jets' 56 points were the second-most points scored in a game in franchise history, trailing only the 62 scored against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11/17/85).
In his 18th season from Southern Mississippi, this is Favre's first AFC Offensive Player of the Week Award. Favre most recently won NFC Offensive Player of the Week with the Green Bay Packers in 2007 (Week 4).
· Facing the previously undefeated Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium, Johnson played a huge role as the Chiefs picked up their first win of the season in a key AFC West match-up. The Texas native posted seven tackles, a half sack, one interception and one forced fumble in a 33-19 victory. Johnson forced two of the Chiefs' four turnovers in the contest. In the second quarter, he stripped the ball away from wide receiver BRANDON MARSHALL, and Chiefs' rookie cornerback BRANDON FLOWERS returned it to Denver's two-yard line. In the third quarter, Johnson recorded his second turnover of the game on a JAY CUTLER pass intended for Marshall for his first interception of the season and the third of his career.
In his fourth year from Texas, this is Johnson's first career Defensive Player of the Week Award. He is the first Chiefs player to win Defensive Player of the Week since safety BERNARD POLLARD in 2006 (Week 17).
Other nominees for AFC Offensive Player of Week 4 were:
· Denver quarterback JAY CUTLER, who completed 29 of 49 passes (59.2 percent) for 361 yards with one touchdown versus two interceptions and a 71.9 passer rating in a 33-19 loss to Kansas City.
· Jacksonville quarterback DAVID GARRARD, who completed 23 of 32 passes (71.9 percent) with one touchdown and a 103.1 passer rating in a 30-27 overtime win over Houston. Garrard also rushed for 41 yards (5.9 avg.) on seven carries with one touchdown.
· Kansas City running back LARRY JOHNSON, who rushed for 198 yards (7.1 average) on 28 carries with two touchdowns.
· Denver rookie wide receiver EDDIE ROYAL, who hauled in 9 receptions for 104 yards (11.6 average).
· San Diego running back LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON, who gained 106 yards (5.3 average) on 20 carries and two touchdowns in a 28-18 win over the Raiders.
Other nominees for AFC Defensive Player of Week 4 were:
· Buffalo cornerback JABARI GREER, who posted two tackles and a 33-yard interception-touchdown return in a 31-14 win over the Rams.
· San Diego linebacker MARQUES HARRIS, who recorded two tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery.
· Pittsburgh linebacker JAMES HARRISON, who posted 10 tackles, 2.5 sacks and one forced fumble.
· Tennessee defensive tackle ALBERT HAYNESWORTH, who recorded seven tackles and two sacks in a 30-17 win over Minnesota.
· New York linebacker CALVIN PACE, who finished with six tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
· New York cornerback DARRELLE REVIS, who recorded four tackles and two interceptions, including a 32-yard interception-touchdown return.
· Jacksonville linebacker DARYL SMITH, who notched 16 tackles and one forced fumble.
· Pittsburgh linebacker LA MARR WOODLEY, who registered eight tackles, 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
Other nominees for AFC Special Teams Player of Week 4 were:
· Buffalo punter BRIAN MOORMAN, who punted six times for 269 yards (40.2 average) with five punts inside the 20-yard line.
· Denver kicker MATT PRATER, who made four of five field goals and one extra point attempt.
· Jacksonville kicker JOSH SCOBEE, who was successful on all three field goal attempts, including a 37-yard game-winner in overtime.
· San Diego returner-running back DARREN SPROLES, who returned five kickoffs for 160 yards (32.0 average).