Week 3 Nominees Announced: GMC Sierra Defensive Player, Diet Pepsi Rookie, FedEx Air & Ground Players & Motorola Coach of the Week Awards

Falcons De John Abraham, Eagles DE Juqua Parker, Dolphins LB Joey Porter, Broncos LB D.J. Williams & Vikings CB Antoine Winfield Candidates For GMC Sierra Defensive Player Of The Week Honors Fans To Vote For Winner On NFL.com

Defensive end JOHN ABRAHAM of the Atlanta Falcons, defensive end JUQUA PARKER of the Philadelphia Eagles, linebacker JOEY PORTER of the Miami Dolphins, linebacker D.J. WILLIAMS of the Denver Broncos and cornerback ANTOINE WINFIELD of the Minnesota Vikings are the finalists for GMC SIERRA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK honors for games played on September 21 – 22, the NFL announced today.

Fans can vote for one of these five players on NFL.com/gmc beginning immediately following Monday Night Football and ending on Thursday at 4:00 pm EST to determine the GMC SIERRA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK. The winner will be announced Thursday evening on NFL.com.

After the regular season, five players will be nominated for GMC Sierra Defensive Player of the Year honors. Fans can vote for the winner on NFL.com/gmc throughout the month of January.

A closer look at the finalists:

Atlanta’s JOHN ABRAHAM notched two sacks in the Falcons’ 38-14 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs bringing his season total to six. Abraham finished with three tackles and one forced fumble.

Philadelphia’s JUQUA PARKER had 2.5 sacks, five tackles (two of them for loss), a forced fumble, a pass batted down and four quarterback hits in the Eagles’ 15 – 6 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Miami’s JOEY PORTER recorded three sacks, a forced fumble, and six tackles (three for a loss) in the Dolphins’ 38 – 13 win over the New England Patriots.

Denver’s D.J. WILLIAMS posted a game-high 16 tackles in the Broncos’ 34 – 32 win against the New Orleans Saints. After Williams tackled Saints RB Pierre Thomas for a loss of one yard on a third-and-1 from the Denver 24 with 2:19 left to play, New Orleans missed a 43-yard field goal attempt, sealing Denver’s win.

Minnesota’s ANTOINE WINFIELD energized a Minnesota defense in the Vikings’ 20 – 10 win over the Carolina Panthers. Just before halftime, Winfield blitzed Panthers QB Jake Delhomme, notched his first sack of the season, forced a fumble, recovered the ball and ran it back 19 yards for a touchdown that tied the game.

Ravens QB Joe Flacco, Cowboys RB Felix Jones, Dolphins DE Phillip Merling, Falcons QB Matt Ryan & Texans RB Steve Slaton Candidates For Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie Of Week Honors

Quarterback JOE FLACCO of the Baltimore Ravens, running back FELIX JONES of the Dallas Cowboys, defensive end PHILLIP MERLING of the Miami Dolphins, quarterback MATT RYAN of the Atlanta Falcons and running back STEVE SLATON of the Houston Texans are the finalists for DIET PEPSI NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK honors for games played on September 21 – 22, the NFL announced today.

Fans can vote for one of these five players on NFL.com/rookies beginning Tuesday at 8am ET and ending on Friday at noon ET to determine the DIET PEPSI NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK. The DIET PEPSI NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK will be announced Friday evening on NFL.com/rookies.

In addition, for the fourth year, NFL fans may cast their votes for the DIET PEPSI NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK using phones with Sprint wireless service – an opportunity available only to Sprint customers. This fast, convenient voting method involves texting the word PEPSI to short code 7777. Sprint customers will then receive an interactive text message that links fans to the ballot with the five finalists each week. Data and text messaging rates may apply.

After the regular season, five players will be nominated for Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year honors. Fans can vote for the winner on NFL.com/rookies throughout the month of January. The winner will be announced at a press conference at Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa Bay.

A closer look at the finalists:

Baltimore’s JOE FLACCO completed 13 of 19 passes for 129 yards in Baltimore’s 28-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns. Flacco led an offense that gained a total 273 yards and maintained control of the ball for nearly 38 minutes.

Dallas’ FELIX JONES rushed for 76 yards over six carries including one 60-yard touchdown in Dallas’ 27 – 16 victory over the Green Bay Packers.

Miami’s PHILLIP MERLING made three tackles, had his first NFL sack for a loss of four yards and recovered a fumble in the Dolphins’ 38 – 13 win over the New England Patriots.

Atlanta’s MATT RYAN completed 12 of 18 passes for 192 yards in his third career start with the Atlanta Falcons. Ryan completed a 70-yard pass for a touchdown in the Falcons’ 38-14 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Houston’s STEVE SLATON gained 104 yards on nine carries, including a 50-yard carry as well as second-quarter touchdown, to lead the rushing offense in the first half of the Texans’ 31 – 12 loss to the Tennessee Titans. Slaton contributed 116 total rushing yards and the sole Texans touchdown in the game.

This is Pepsi’s seventh year as the official soft drink sponsor of the NFL and the fourth year that Diet Pepsi will present the NFL Rookie of the Week and NFL Rookie of the Year awards.

Redskins QB Jason Campbell, Buccaneers QB Brian Griese & Chargers QB Philip Rivers; Dolphins RB Ronnie Brown, Jaguars RB Fred Taylor & Falcons RB Michael Turner Candidates For Fedex Air & Ground® NFL Players Of The Week Honors

Quarterbacks JASON CAMPBELL of the Washington Redskins, BRIAN GRIESE of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and PHILIP RIVERS of the San Diego Chargers are the finalists for the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week honors for games played on September 21 – 22, while running backs RONNIE BROWN of the Miami Dolphins, FRED TAYLOR of the Jacksonville Jaguars and MICHAEL TURNER of the Atlanta Falcons are the finalists for the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week honors, the NFL announced today.

A closer look at the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week finalists:

• Washington’s JASON CAMPBELL completed 22 of 30 passes for 193 yards, made several clutch third-down throws and threw two touchdowns in Washington’s 24-17 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.

• Tampa Bay’s BRIAN GRIESE completed 38 of 67 passes for 407 yards and two touchdowns in Tampa Bay’s 27 – 24 victory over the Chicago Bears. Behind Griese’s arm, Tampa Bay completed 22 of its 28 first downs through the air. Griese also led the Bucs in a 79-yard fourth-quarter scoring drive to tie the game and bring it into overtime.

• San Diego’s PHILIP RIVERS completed 19 of 25 passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns in the Chargers’ 48 – 29 win over the New York Jets. Rivers constantly put the Chargers in good field position allowing them to score at least one touchdown every quarter in their first win of the season.
A closer look at the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week finalists:

• Miami’s RONNIE BROWN scored four rushing touchdowns including a 62-yard fourth quarter run in the Dolphins’ 38 – 13 win over the New England Patriots. Brown totaled 113 yards on 17 carries and also completed a 19-yard touchdown pass.

• Jacksonville’s FRED TAYLOR finished with a season-high 121 yards on 26 carries in the Jaguars’ 23-21 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Jones broke at least four tackles on a 34-yard run in the third quarter to set up a Jaguars touchdown. Taylor contributed to Jacksonville’s total 236 rushing yards over the 41:35 their offense controlled the ball.

• Atlanta’s MICHAEL TURNER rushed for 104 yards and three touchdowns over 23 carries in Atlanta’s 38-14 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Turner posted a touchdown in each of the first three quarters helping to consistently drive up the score and put the game out of the Chiefs’ reach.

Jaguars Head Coach Jack Del Rio, Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid & Dolphins Head Coach Tony Sparano Candidates For Motorola Nfl Coach Of The Week Award

Head coaches JACK DEL RIO of the Jacksonville Jaguars, ANDY REID of the Philadelphia Eagles and TONY SPARANO of the Miami Dolphins are the nominees for MOTOROLA NFL COACH OF THE WEEK honors for games played September 21 – 22, the NFL announced today.

A closer look at the Motorola NFL Coach of the Week nominees:

JACK DEL RIO led the Jaguars to defeat the AFC South rival Indianapolis Colts with a 23 – 21 win at Indianapolis. The Jaguars rushed for a season-high 236 yards on 48 carries, the second-most rushes in team history. Running backs Fred Taylor (26-121) and Maurice Jones-Drew (19-107) both rushed for 100 yards, the second time in team history two running backs have rushed for 100-plus yards in a game and also the second time for the duo. The Jaguars controlled the ball for 41:35 and had an 18-play drive in the fourth quarter that lasted a team-record 12:18. The Jaguars have won seven of their last 11 regular season games dating back to 2007. Josh Scobee hit a game-winning 51-yard field goal with four seconds remaining.

ANDY REID led the Philadelphia Eagles to victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers with a 15 – 6 win. The Eagles offense posted 260 total yards while the Eagles defense held the Steelers to only 180 yards. Eagles QB Donovan McNabb completed 24 of 35 passes for 196 yards and one touchdown and controlled the ball for over 32 minutes. The Eagles defense sacked Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger nine times, recorded a safety in the fourth quarter, and shut out the Steelers during the entire second half. The Eagles even made a mark on special teams with strategically placed punts from Sav Rocca who three times in the fourth quarter forced the Steelers to fight an Eagles defense from challenging field positions.

TONY SPARANO and the Miami Dolphins earned their first win of the season and Sparano’s first win as a head coach in a 38 – 13 win over the AFC East rival New England Patriots. The Dolphins ended their 11-game road losing streak and the Patriots 12-game home winning streak at Gillette Stadium by gaining a total 461 yards and controlling the ball for over 32 minutes. Dolphins RB Ronnie Brown had a hand in all five of Miami’s touchdown, running for four and passing to TE Anthony Fasano for one 19-yard third-quarter score. The Dolphins defense contributed to New England’s biggest loss at home in seven seasons by causing two turnovers and limiting the Patriots to 216 total net yards.