Outstanding Players of the Week

The offensive player put together the eye-popping numbers we expected at last, while this week's defensive standout is a key force of one the league's most surprising defenses ...

Each week during the 2005 NFL season, will name the Outstanding Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week. Players are nominated by the publishers and writers of's NFL network, and are selected by the network's NFL Experts.

Offensive Player of the Week: Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning:

Threw four touchdown passes while notching his third career 100-plus quarterback rating against Tennessee (144.1). Manning completed 20 of 27 passes (74%), going 7-for-8 on third-down passes. He spread the ball around to six different targets in a 31-10 victory at the Titans.

Defensive Player of the Week: Denver Broncos linebacker Al Wilson

Playing behind a revamped defensive line, Wilson has been a disruptive force in the middle of the Broncos quick and aggressive defense. The improved quickness and defensive line blocking schemes utilized by the Denver defense is permitting Wilson to play to his strengths, which could make him one of the better linebackers in the league.

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