Colts' Freeney and Jaguars' Garrard named AFC Players of the week

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Quarterback DAVID GARRARD of the Jacksonville Jaguars, defensive end DWIGHT FREENEY of the Indianapolis Colts and kicker DAN CARPENTER of the Miami Dolphins are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the eighth week of the 2010 season (October 31-November 1), the NFL announced today.

OFFENSE: QB DAVID GARRARD, JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

* Garrard completed 17 of 21 passes (81.0 percent) for 260 yards with a career-high four touchdowns and a career-best 157.8 rating in a Jaguars' 35-17 win at Dallas.

* He accounted for all five of the Jaguars touchdowns (4 TD passes; 1 rush TD).

* Garrard's now has 14 rush TDs and is tied with MARK BRUNELL for the most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in team history.

* Became only the second quarterback since 1970 to record four touchdown passes and one rush TD in a road win (TRENT GREEN, 2000).

* Garrard's 81.0 completion percentage was the second-highest of his career (82.8 pct., at Indianapolis on 12/2/07).

* He joined Brunell (11/29/98 at Cincinnati) and QUINN GRAY (12/30/07 at Houston) as the only quarterbacks in franchise history to throw for four touchdowns in a game.

* His 157.8 passer rating was the highest in franchise history.

* In his ninth season from East Carolina, this is Garrard's second career Player of the Week Award. He previously won the award in 2006 (Week 13).

DEFENSE: DE DWIGHT FREENEY, INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

* In a key AFC South matchup on Monday Night Football, Freeney registered two sacks and one forced fumble in the Colts' 30-17 win over Houston.

* Freeney now has 20 career games with two or more sacks and the Colts have a 17-3 record in those games.

* His strip-sack with :57 seconds remaining clinched a Colts victory.

* Freeney has five sacks this season and 89 in his career, the most in Colts history.

* The win improved the Colts to 5-2 and gave them sole possession of first place in the AFC South.

* In his ninth year from Syracuse, this is Freeney's fifth career Player of the Week Award. He most recently won the award in 2007 (Week 7).

* Freeney is the first Colts player to win Defensive Player of the Week this season.

SPECIAL TEAMS: K DAN CARPENTER, MIAMI DOLPHINS

* Carpenter made five field goals (38, 42, 24, 54 and 31 yards) in a Dolphins' 22-14 win at Cincinnati.

* Carpenter, who also made five field goals in Week 7 (39, 23, 22, 37 and 40 yards), joined JOHN CARNEY (1994), JOHN KASAY (1996) and RICHIE CUNNINGHAM (1997) as the only kickers to convert at least five field goals in consecutive games in NFL history.

* He registered a career-long 54-yard field goal in the second quarter. It was his fifth 50-yard field goal of his career.

* He now has made 13 field goals in a row over his last three games.

*Helped the Dolphins improve to 4-0 on the road.

* Carpenter ranks second in the NFL with 18 made field goals (SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI, 19).

* In his third season from Montana, this is Carpenter's fourth career Player of the Week Award. He most recently won the award in Week 6 of this season. He joins OLINDO MARE (Week 6 & Week 15 in 1999) as only the second Dolphins kicker to win the award twice in a season.

Other nominees for AFC Offensive Player of Week 8:

· Oakland quarterback JASON CAMPBELL, who completed 15 of 27 passes (55.6 percent) for 310 yards with two touchdowns versus zero interceptions and a 120.9 passer rating in a 33-3 win against Seattle.

· Kansas City running back JAMAAL CHARLES, who rushed for 177 yards on 22 attempts (8.0 average) in a 13-10 overtime win over Buffalo.

· New England running back BEN JARVUS GREEN-ELLIS, who rushed for 112 yards on 17 attempts (6.6 average) with a career-high two rushing touchdowns in a 28-18 win against Minnesota.

· San Diego quarterback PHILIP RIVERS, who completed 27 of 36 passes (75.0 percent) for 305 yards with two touchdowns versus one interception and a 106.8 passer rating in a 33-25 win over Tennessee.

Other nominees for AFC Defensive Player of Week 8:

* Jacksonville cornerback DEREK COX, who tied a franchise record with two interceptions.

* Oakland safety TYVON BRANCH, who had a team-high eight tackles, one sack and one interception.

* Indianapolis cornerback KELVIN HAYDEN, who posted five tackles and a 25-yard interception-return touchdown.

Other nominees for AFC Special Teams Player of Week 8:

* Pittsburgh punter DANIEL SEPULVEDA, who averaged 48.0 yards on four punts in a 20-10 loss at New Orleans.

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