Broncos' Peyton Manning among Players of the Week

  • By Kevin Patra
  • Around the League writer
  • Published: Sept. 25, 2013 at 10:08 a.m.
  • Updated: Sept. 25, 2013 at 10:41 a.m.

Sometimes, the Players of the Week awards surprise with a few eyebrow raisers. Other weeks, we look at the list, nod and move forward.
Week 3 was a nodding week.

In the AFC, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning got the nod on the offensive side of the ball for his surgical dissection Monday of the Oakland Raiders. On the defensive side of the ball, Justin Houston's monstrous 4.5-sack performance for the Kansas City Chiefs on "Thursday Night Football" wasn't forgotten.
Perhaps the most deserving special-teams winner we'll see this season is Cleveland Browns punter Spencer Lanning. Lanning did about as much in Week 3 as a punter can possibly do. His punts were on the mark, he kicked off, he converted an extra point, oh, and he also threw a touchdown pass.
Over in the NFC, tight end Jimmy Graham's nine catches, 134 yards and two scores in the New Orleans Saints' dominant Week 3 got him the nod.

Of course, the NFC defensive player of the week had to be a Carolina Panther. Greg Hardy got the nod with his eight tackles and three sacks while leading the Panthers in their 38-0 dismantling of the New York Giants.
The special-teams award in the NFC went to Detroit Lions punter Sam Martin. Martin averaged more than 52 yards per punt in Week 3, including a ridiculous 72-yarder. Martin has been well worth the draft pick, so far.
We have a feeling Rich Eisen will be happy about this week's special-teams winners.
NFL Media will announce the players of the week every Wednesday. The list of Week 3 nominees are right here.