Favre Named NFC Offensive Player of Week

Favre named NFC offensive player of week By National Football League Quarterback BRETT FAVRE of the Green Bay Packers, defensive end MICHAEL STRAHAN of the New York Giants and kicker TIM SEDER of the Dallas Cowboys are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the fifth week of the 2001 NFL season (October 14-15), the NFL announced today.

Favre completed 79.4 percent of his attempts (27 of 34) and passed for 337 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions for a 137.4 passer rating in the Packers' 31-23 win over Baltimore, which entered the game with the league's top-ranked defense. The Packers had four scoring drives of 59 yards or longer against a defense whose previous longest scoring drive allowed was 33 yards.

In his 11th season out of Southern Mississippi, this is Favre's sixth Player of the Week Award.

Strahan had 4.0 sacks for minus-28 yards, six tackles, one pass defensed and one forced fumble in the Giants' 15-14 loss to St. Louis. Strahan led a Giants defense that held the Rams' top-ranked offense to 315 total yards (274 passing and 41 rushing). St. Louis entered the game averaging an NFC-high 402.0 yards per game (298.5 passing and 103.5 rushing).

In his ninth season out of Texas Southern, this is Strahan's fourth Player of the Week Award and second this season (Week 3).

Seder scored all nine of the Cowboys' points on three field goals, two which came in the fourth quarter -- including the game-winning 26-yarder with no time remaining -- in the club's 9-7 win over Washington. His other two field goals were from 28 and 39 yards.

In his second season from Ashland College, this is Seder's first Player of the Week Award.

Other nominees for NFC Offensive Player of Week 5 were: Minnesota quarterback DAUNTE CULPEPPER, who passed for 244 yards and one touchdown, and ran for 83 yards and two scores in the Vikings' 31-26 win over Detroit; Green Bay wide receiver ANTONIO FREEMAN, who had nine receptions for 138 yards and one touchdown; San Francisco quarterback JEFF GARCIA, who threw for 332 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for 70 yards and a TD in the 49ers' 37-31 overtime win over Atlanta, and 49ers wide receiver TERRELL OWENS, who had 183 receiving yards on nine catches with three touchdowns, including the game-tying and game-winning scores; and Tampa Bay wide receiver KEYSHAWN JOHNSON, who had eight catches for 140 yards in the Buccaneers' 31-28 loss to Tennessee.

Other nominees for NFC Defensive Player of Week 5 were: Detroit linebacker CHRIS CLAIBORNE, who had nine tackles and two sacks for minus-21 yards; Minnesota defensive tackle CHRIS HOVAN, who had 2.5 sacks, four tackles and one fumble recovery; and Chicago cornerback R.W. MC QUARTERS, who scored a 69-yard touchdown on a fumble recovery in the Bears' 20-13 win over Arizona.

Other nominees for NFC Special Teams Player of Week 5 were: San Francisco rookie punter JASON BAKER, who averaged 49.3 yards per punt; Detroit punt returner DESMOND HOWARD, who averaged 22.5 yards on two returns; Carolina rookie STEVE SMITH, who had a 70-yard punt-return TD in the Panthers' 27-25 loss to New Orleans; and Minnesota kickoff returner TROY WALTERS, who averaged 28.3 yards on four returns.

Offense -Defense -Special Teams

Wk 1 RB Ahman Green, Green Bay S Sammy Knight, New Orleans K Jose Cortez, San Francisco
Wk 2 RB Jamal Anderson, Atlanta LB London Fletcher, St. Louis P Sean Landeta, Philadelphia
Wk 3 QB Kurt Warner, St. Louis DE Michael Strahan, New York LB K.D. Williams, Green Bay
Wk 4 RB Ricky Williams, New Orleans LB Brian Urlacher, Chicago K John Carney, New Orleans
Wk 5 QB Brett Favre, Green Bay DE Michael Strahan, New York K Tim Seder, Dallas

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