Years ago, former Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor told us that the winners of various NFL player awards of the week receive “sheets of paper” from the league. There is no paper for the new PFT weekly awards.
Satisfaction is the only, tree-saving reward.
Here is the first set of awards for 2022.
Offensive Player of the Week: Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
Mahomes had five touchdown passes for the sixth time in his career, in only the first game of his fifth season. The all-time record is eleven. He will definitely reach there.
This time, he did it without receiver Tyrek Hill. This allows Mahomes to throw the ball to the man open, and not wait a while for Hill to spring deep open. And it underscores the fact that the majors remain a serious contender in the AFC.
Other finalists: Vikings receiver Justin Jefferson (168 receiving yards, two touchdowns), Giants back running Saxon Barkley (164 rushing yards, one touchdown, game-winning two-pointer), Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (13 for 16, 212 yards, and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to return from 16 downs), Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith (starting 13 for 13 in a win over Russell Wilson and the Broncos).
Defensive Player of the Week: Steelers defensive back Minka Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick’s pick-six set the tone, and his blocking extra point saved the game at the end of regulation. He also made 14 tackles.
“I wanted to make a statement,” Fitzpatrick said after the game. In fact he did. Without him, the Steelers are 0-1.
Other finalists: Bills defensive and Von Miller (two sacks), Chargers defensive and Khaleel Mack (three sacks), Steelers linebacker Alex Highsmith (three sacks).
Rookie of the Week: Commanders Receiver Jahan Dotson.
He had only three catches for 40 yards, as well as lost 10 in one quick attempt. However, he caught a pair of touchdown passes, which included playing with a game-winning 1:46.
Other finalists: Jaguars linebacker Travon Walker (one sack and one interception), leading trailing Isaiah Pacheco (62 rushing yards and one touchdown).
Coach of the Week: Giants coach Brian Dabol.
The Titans hung the Giants around, and the Giants and Dabol paid them off with a two-point conversion that stole the opening win of the season. It was the kind of move that gets to buy a team into a new program, and it lays the foundation for more wins. Furthermore, Dabol did not panic or give up when his team fell behind 13.
Other finalists: Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel, Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin.
Play of the Week: Overtime catch by Steelers receiver Dionte Johnson.
watch it. I still can’t believe he grabbed it and lowered his leg.
Other finalists: The Dolphins’ 42-yard touchdown pass from Tua Tagovailoa to Jaylen Waddle on fourth and seven, the Giants’ game-winning two-point conversion, the Saints’ 40-yard pass from Jameis Winston to Jarvis Landry to establish a game-winning zone For the goal, Packers receiver Christian Watson dropped a wide-open touchdown on play before scrimmage for Green Bay, with Denver’s 64-yard field goal trying to go for it on fourth and five instead.