Drew Brees wins Offensive Player of the Week

Quarterback Drew Brees of the San Diego Chargers, linebacker Al Wilson of the Denver Broncos and kicker Sebastian Janikowski of the Oakland Raiders are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the fourth week of the 2005 season (October 2-3), the NFL announced today.


• With a 137.5 passer rating on 19 of 24 passing (79.2 percent) with a pair of touchdowns, San Diego quarterback Drew Brees guided the Chargers to a 41-17 win at New England. The home loss for New England was its first since December 22, 2002. Brees' accuracy was consistent under pressure, completing seven of nine passes on third downs for 99 yards and a touchdown. The 6-0, 209-pounder from Austin, Texas completed his final seven third-down attempts. San Diego's 41 points account for the most scored against the Patriots in nearly seven years (Nov. 8, 1998: Atl 41, NE 10). With the win, San Diego ups its record to 2-2.

The fifth-year veteran from Purdue is the second Charger to earn Player of the Week honors in as many weeks as LaDainian Tonlinson earned the distinction for Week 3. This is the second Player of the Week Award for Brees (Week 8, 2004).


• Denver linebacker Al Wilson helped the Broncos (3-1) buck their way to a third consecutive victory in a 20-7 win at Jacksonville. Wilson was frequently found making plays around the ball Sunday by compiling six tackles, including 1.0 sack, two forced fumbles and a pass defensed. His sack and forced fumble in the first quarter gave Denver the ball at the Jaguars' 29-yard line. Wilson keyed a defense that held Jacksonville and standout running back Fred Taylor to a franchise-low 12 rushing yards. This marks the first Player of the Week honor for Wilson, a three-time AFC All-Star and seven-year veteran from Tennessee.

SPECIAL TEAMS: K SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI, OAKLAND RAIDERS • Oakland kicker Sebastian Janikowski was a perfect four-for-four in field goal tries from 30, 23, 49, and 43 yards, respectively, in a 19-13 home victory against Dallas. Janikowski's final three points from 43 yards came with 4:33 remaining in regulation, boosting Oakland's lead to 19-13 and forcing Dallas to drop thoughts of settling for a field goal on its final drive. The Raiders' defense stopped the Cowboys on downs at the Oakland five-yard line with 1:45 left in the game to make the home team's six-point lead stand for its first win on the year. Janikowski adds this Player of the Week honor with his award earned in Week 9 of 2000.

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