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BUCS’ RB BOBBY RAINEY NAMED NFC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK - Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Bobby Rainey has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 11.

Rainey, a second-year player claimed off waivers from the Cleveland Browns on Oct. 21, ran for 163 yards on 30 carries and had three total touchdowns in the Bucs’ 41-28 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. He became the first Bucs player to produce two rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown in the same game.

Rainey, 26, entered the league as a college free agent with the Baltimore Ravens in 2012. He played in college at Western Kentucky, where he produced a school-record 4,542 yards rushing and 35 touchdowns.

Rainey is the first Tampa Bay player to win the award since running back Doug Martin claimed the honor after Week 9 in 2012. (Photo: Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

49ERS WR ANQUAN BOLDIN NAMED NFC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK - Anquan Boldin’s 208-yard receiving debut helped the 49ers win Sunday’s opener and it landed him the NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors.

Boldin caught 13 of 17 passes from Colin Kaepernick, including a 10-yard touchdown toss, in a 34-28 victory over the Green Bay Packers. 

Boldin’s performance trumped that of Kaepernick for the NFC honor. Kaepernick, who’s never won the NFC’s weekly award, passed for a career-high 412 yards and three touchdowns.

Asked Monday who he’d vote for regarding this week’s NFC offensive award, coach Jim Harbaugh replied: “I’m partial so it’d probably be a 49er player.”

The only other time since 2009 that a 49ers offensive player secured the NFC Offensive Player of the Week honor was Alex Smith for his final full start, last October at Arizona. (Photo:

DREW BREES WINS NFC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS - For the second week in a row, a New Orleans Saints player has earned NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors. Last week it was tight end Jimmy Graham. Now the guy who’s responsible f…or feeding the ball to Graham has earned the award.

Quarterback Drew Brees has been selected this week after a leading the Saints to a 38-17 Monday night matchup against the Miami Dolphins. He threw for 413 yards and four touchdowns. He also posted his highest completion percentage of the season by hitting on 30-of-39 passes and he didn’t throw an interception for the first time this season.

This is the 15th time Brees has won the honor since joining the Saints in 2006.

BREES NAMED NFC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK - Drew Brees’ torching of the Dallas Cowboys earned him the NFC Offensive Player of the Week award. It’s the second time this season that the Saints signal caller has won the award and the 16th time he has won the award during his time with the team.

Brees led the Saints to a 49-17 victory over Cowboys. He completed 34 of 41 passes for 392 yards and four touchdowns against the Cowboys.

The Saints offense set a new NFL record with 40 first downs in the game. The Cowboys managed only 43 offensive plays. (Photo: Associated Press)
JIMMY GRAHAM NAMED NFC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK - The NFL named New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham NFC Offensive Player of the Week on Wednesday after he caught nine passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-7 win against t…he Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Graham’s two scores brought his career total to 29 and made him the franchise’s all-time leader in touchdown receptions by a tight end, surpassing the 27 that Henry Childs had for the Saints from 1974 – 1980.

Graham’s effort on Sunday followed a team record-setting 10-catch, 179-yard and one-touchdown performance in a 16-14 win at Tampa Bay in Week 2 for the Saints. He finished Sunday with the most yards by a tight end in a two-game span since Shannon Sharpe gained 314 yards in consecutive contests in 1996 for the Denver Broncos.

This is the second time during his career Graham has been honored with the award. (Photo:

RUSSELL WILSON EARNS NFC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS - Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week Wednesday.

Wilson threw for 310 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in Seattle’s 34-7 win over the New Orleans Saints Monday night. He also ran eight times for 47 yards.

Since the Seahawks’ only loss in Indianapolis, Wilson has thrown 14 touchdowns and just 2 interceptions, and in Seattle’s last two games, Wilson has posted the top two passer ratings of his career – 151.4 against Minnesota and 139.6 Monday.

Wilson is the third-highest rated quarterback in the NFL at 108.5. His 22 touchdowns are four shy of the 26 he threw all of last season. (Photo: Associated Press)

FALCONS QB NAMED NFC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK - Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has been named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in Atlanta’s 31-23 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 7 by the league on Wednesday.

Ryan completed 20 of 26 passes (76.9 percent) for 273 with three touchdowns and a career-high 148.4 passer rating in the win over the Bucs. His quarterback rating was the highest single-game mark by any passer in 2013 and was the second-highest single-game rating in franchise history.

This season Ryan has completed 171 of 244 passes (70.1 percent) for 1,922 yards with 13 touchdowns, three interceptions and a 105.9 passer rating.

He ranks third in the NFL in completion percentage and quarterback rating, fifth in completions, and seventh in touchdowns and passing yards. Additionally, Ryan is averaging 320.3 passing yards per game, which ranks third in the NFL.

This is the fourth time in his career that Ryan has earned player of the week honors. He was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week in Week 9 of the 2008 season, Week 14 of the 2011 season, and Week 16 of the 2012 season. (Photo: Associated Press)

NICK FOLES NAMED NFC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK - The Philadelphia Eagles have been honored with their second straight NFC Offensive Player of the Week, as Nick Foles has won the award for his performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.…

Filling in for Michael Vick, Foles threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for another touchdown. Foles did not turn the ball over in the Eagles 31-20 win over the Bucs.

Wide receiver DeSean Jackson won the award last week for his performance in the Eagles win over the New York Giants.

Foles is the likely starter on Sunday against the Cowboys as Vick continues to recover from a hamstring strain. (Photo: USA Today Sports)

DESEAN JACKSON EARNS NFC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS - For the third time in his NFL career, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson has been named NFC Offensive Player of the Week. 

In the Eagles 36-21 win over the New York Giants, Jackson caught seven passes for 132 yards and a touchdown. The last time that Jackson won this award was in December of 2010 for his performance against the Dallas Cowboys, when he hauled in four passes for 210 yards and a score.

Jackson becomes just the third player in NFL history (Tim Brown and Santana Moss) to be named Offensive Player of the Week three or more times and Special Teams Play of the Week at least twice. Jackson has also been honored twice as the Special Teams Player of the Month. (Elsa/Getty Images)

CARSON PALMER NAMED NFC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK - Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week Wednesday for his performance last Sunday in a 40-11 win over the Indianapolis Colts. 

Palmer completed 26-of-37 passes for 314 yards and two touchdowns in the game for a passer rating of 114. 

This is the third time that the 10-year veteran has won a Player of the Week Award, and the first since the 2009 season when he was a member of the Cincinnati Bengals. 

Palmer joins Patrick Peterson as the only Cardinals to win a weekly award this season. Peterson was the NFC Defensive Player of Week 4 after he had two interceptions in a win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.