Wide receiver SIDNEY RICE of the Minnesota Vikings, cornerback CHARLES WOODSON of the Green Bay Packers and punter HUNTER SMITH of the Washington Redskins are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the 10th week of the 2009 season (November 12, 15-16), the NFL announced today.
OFFENSE: WR SIDNEY RICE, MINNESOTA VIKINGS
• Rice had seven catches for a career-high 201 yards in the Vikings' 27-10 win over Detroit.
• It marked the fourth 200-yard receiving game in franchise history and was just nine yards shy of the team record (210 yards, SAMMY WHITE, November 7, 1976).
• Five of Rice's receptions went for at least 20 yards, including three catches of 40 yards with a long of 56 yards.
• His 201 yards are the second-most by a receiver in one game on completions from BRETT FAVRE.
• Rice leads the NFC with 786 receiving yards and is averaging 17.9 yards per catch. He has nine catches of at least 25 yards, tied for the most in the league.
• In his third season from South Carolina, this is Rice's first career Player of the Week Award. He is the fourth Viking (BRETT FAVRE, CHAD GREENWAY, PERCY HARVIN) to be honored this season and second on Offense (Favre).
• Rice is the fourth Vikings wide receiver to be honored on Offense, joining RANDY MOSS, CRIS CARTER and ANTHONY CARTER, and the first since Moss in 2001 (Week 10).
DEFENSE: CB CHARLES WOODSON, GREEN BAY PACKERS
• Woodson had an interception, two forced fumbles, one sack and a team-high nine tackles in the Packers' 17-7 win over Dallas.
• He played a role in all three Cowboys' turnovers and led a defense that held Dallas to just seven points.
• In the second quarter, he stopped a drive in Green Bay territory by forcing a fumble that was recovered by linebacker CLAY MATTHEWS.
• In the fourth quarter, with the Packers leading 10-0, Woodson sacked the Cowboys quarterback and forced a fumble that was recovered by Matthews to set up a first-and-goal for Green Bay at the three-yard line. It led to a Packers' touchdown and a 17-0 lead.
• On the next drive, with the Cowboys on the Green Bay one-yard line, Woodson intercepted a Dallas pass to thwart the scoring opportunity.
• In his 12th season from Michigan, this is Woodson's second career Player of the Week Award (Week 6, 2007). He has also been named NFC Defensive Player of the Month twice (September 2008 and September 2009).
• Woodson and AL HARRIS are the only cornerbacks in team history to be named Defensive Player of the Week.
SPECIAL TEAMS: P HUNTER SMITH, WASHINGTON REDSKINS
• Smith threw a 35-yard touchdown pass off a fake field-goal attempt and punted four times in the Redskins' 27-17 win over Denver.
• Smith, who shifted from his holder position in field-goal formation to take a shotgun snap, threw the touchdown pass to fullback MIKE SELLERS in the second quarter.
• Smith, who earlier this season ran for a touchdown on a fake field-goal attempt, is the first punting specialist in NFL history to score a rushing touchdown and throw a touchdown pass in the same season.
• He punted four times and allowed zero return yards for a 38.0-yard net average. He placed one punt inside the 20-yard line.
• In his 11th season from Notre Dame, this is Smith's second career Player of the Week Award (Week 2, 2005 with Indianapolis).
• He is the third punter in franchise history to be honored, joining MATT TURK and RYAN PLACKEMEIER.
2009 NFC DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Week 1: DE Justin Tuck, New York Giants
Week 2: LB Chad Greenway, Minnesota
Week 3: LB Lance Briggs, Chicago
Week 4: S Darren Sharper, New Orleans
Week 5: CB D. Rodgers-Cromartie, Arizona
Week 6: S Thomas DeCoud, Atlanta
Week 7: S Adrian Wilson, Arizona
Week 8: DE Julius Peppers, Carolina
Week 9: DT Anthony Hargrove, New Orleans
Week 10: CB Charles Woodson, Green Bay
Other nominees for NFC Offensive Player of Week 10:
• Washington running back LADELL BETTS, who rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown.
• Minnesota quarterback BRETT FAVRE, who completed 20 of 29 passes (69.0 percent) for 344 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions for a 120.5 passer rating.
• Carolina running back JONATHAN STEWART, who rushed for two touchdowns and 82 yards on just 11 carries (7.5 average) in the Panthers' 28-19 win over Atlanta.
• Arizona quarterback KURT WARNER, who completed 29 of 38 passes (76.3 percent) for 340 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 120.5 passer rating.
Other nominees for NFC Defensive Player of Week 10:
• Washington defensive end ANDRE CARTER, who had seven tackles, 1.5 sacks and two tackles for a loss.
• Minnesota defensive end RAY EDWARDS, who had five tackles, two sacks, three tackles for a loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
• Washington rookie linebacker BRIAN ORAKPO, who had 1.5 sacks, three tackles for a loss and six tackles.
Other nominees for NFC Special Teams Player of Week 10:
• Tampa Bay kicker CONNOR BARTH, who became the fourth kicker in NFL history with three 50-yard field goals (51, 50, 54 yards) in the Buccaneers' 25-23 loss at Miami.
• Green Bay tight end SPENCER HAVNER, who had four special teams tackles and had a touchdown reception.
• Minnesota punter CHRIS KLUWE, who averaged 48.0 yards on four punts with a net of 43.3 yards per punt. He had a long of 58 yards and placed two inside the 20-yard line.
• New Orleans kick returner COURTNEY ROBY, who had a 97-yard kick-return touchdown in the Saints' 28-23 win at St. Louis.