New York, NY (Sports Network) - San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip
Rivers, Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams and punt returner Trindon
Holliday have been selected as the AFC's top players for Week 2 of the NFL
Rivers, who threw for 419 yards on 36-of-47 passing with three touchdowns --
all to Eddie Royal, was 4-of-5 for 48 yards on the Chargers' final drive
before Nick Novak booted through a go-ahead 46-yard field goal with seven
seconds left to lift San Diego past Philadelphia, 33-30, on Sunday.
Rivers was just 1-of-7 for eight yards with an interception in the fourth
quarter against Houston Monday, but was 12-of-16 for 113 yards in the final
frame against Philly.
Williams totaled 4 1/2 sacks and six tackled in the Bills' 24-23 win over the
Carolina Panthers. His sack total was the most in a game since Aldon Smith
tallied 5 1/2 on Nov. 19, 2012.
Holliday returned four punts for 121 yards, which included an 81-yard
touchdown in Denver's 41-23 triumph over the New York Giants.
Others considered for the offensive award were Baltimore quarterback Joe
Flacco, who completed 22-of-33 passes (66.7 percent) for 211 yards and a
touchdown in the Ravens' 14-6 win over Cleveland, Dolphins wide receiver Mike
Wallace, who had nine receptions for 115 yards and a touchdown in Miami's
24-20 triumph over the Indianapolis Colts and Bills rookie quarterback E.J.
Manuel, who tossed the game-winning score and was 27-of-39 for 296 yards and a
touchdown in Buffalo's 24-23 last-second win over the Carolina Panthers.
Defensive consideration went to Houston linebacker Brian Cushing, who racked
up two sacks and 11 tackles in the Texans' 30-24 overtime win over the
Tennessee Titans, Kansas City nose tackle Dontari Poe, who had four tackles
and two sacks in the Chiefs' 17-16 victory over Dallas, and Baltimore
linebacker Daryl Smith, who registered 11 tackles, 1 1/2 sacks and two passes
Special Teams consideration went to San Diego kicker Chris Novak, who booted
through four field goals,and Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski, who
also nailed four field goals.
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