Peterson, who received the honor for the ninth time in his career, rushed for a season-high 149 yards on 26 carries in Sunday’s 20-13 win over the New York Giants. The 33-year-old highlighted the performance with his second touchdown of the day — a 64-yard score — late in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
A former NFL Most Valuable Player, Peterson joined John Riggins (1984), George Rogers (1985), Terry Allen (1995), Stephen Davis (1999), Clinton Portis (2007, 2008) and Alfred Morris (2012) as the only running backs in team history to earn NFC Offensive Player of the Week awards since the honor’s inception in 1984.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week after collecting 212 total yards off 30 touches in Sunday’s 33-18 triumph over the Cleveland Browns. Conner also had a pair of second-half touchdowns.
Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week after recording three sacks in Sunday’s 30-23 win over the Denver Broncos.
New Orleans Saints cornerback P.J. Williams was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week after returning an interception 45 yards for a touchdown in Sunday night’s 30-20 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.
Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week after becoming the NFL’s all-time leading scorer in Sunday’s 42-28 win over the Oakland Raiders, surpassing Hall of Fame kicker Morten Andersen (2,544).
Seattle Seahawks rookie punter Michael Dickson was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week after rushing for a first down to seal Sunday’s 28-14 victory over the Detroit Lions.