Offensive Player of the Week: D.J. Moore, WR, Chicago Bears
The Chicago Bears’ number one contributor in their week five rout of the Washington Commanders, D.J. Moore was crucial to the Bears’ first victory on the year. Helping the Bears passing offense catch their stride in a 40-20 win, Moore is invaluable to this team. Racking up an extraordinary 230 yards and three touchdowns on eight catches, Moore is just the fifth receiver this century to put up a stat line of this caliber. Coming up just short of a franchise record of receiving yards, Moore truly had a game for the ages, only 19 yards short of ALshon Jeffrey’s single-game franchise record. Adding to an already impressive season, Moore has been one of the few highlights on a poor Bears roster.
Defensive Player of the Week: Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Detroit Lions
The second NFC North player to earn himself Player of the Week honors in week five, Aidan Hutchinson was a dominant force in the Detroit Lions’ 42-24 takedown of the Carolina Panthers. Recording one sack, eight QB hurries, and an extremely impressive one-handed interception, Hutchinson was as disruptive as ever to the Panthers’ offense. Hutchinson also had a 25% pass rush win rate, one of the highest in the league throughout the week. What’s most impressive about Hutchinson’s consistent dominance is his double-team rate being around 30%. To consistently win one-on-one reps is dominance at the NFL level, but to win with a double team rate as high as people like Micah Parsons and Myles Garret is just a different level of talent. Hutchinson has developed at a rate that most pass rushers can’t get to. Joining the ranks of the elite edges in the NFL, games like these will cement his spot with the best in the league.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Yunghoe Koo, Kicker, Atlanta Falcons
Although there were some strong kicking performances to compete with Yunghoe Koo this week, his clutch performance hands him special teamer of the week. Sometimes kicking isn’t just about racking up extra points and staying consistent with field goals, but winning games on the brightest stages. This week, after a consistent game with two field goals and one extra point made, Koo was called upon to put his Falcons over the Houston Texans in crunch time. Staying perfect on the day, Koo nailed the 37-yard walk-off field goal to gift wrap Atlanta a 21-19 win as time expired. After an incredible comeback, Koo put the frosting on the cake, showing time and again why he is one of the most consistent kickers in the NFL. Still, without a miss at home, Koo is always reliable when called upon. He may not have scored the most points for a special teamer, but he did have the most impact on his team and therefore wins Player of the Week.