Offensive Player of the Week: Washington RB Clinton Portis. I know: Daunte Culpepper threw for 425 yards on Sunday night, but Portis was absolutely the Man at Soldier Field. In a game the Redskins had to have--or Joe Gibbs was going to walk back to Virginia--Portis took the whole thing on his shoulders, running 36 times for 171 yards in a 13-10 win.
Defensive Player of the Week: Chicago cornerback Jerry Azumah. Idle since early August after a training camp collision in which he suffered a herniated disk and had to have neck surgery, Azumah pretty much was the Bears' offense against Washington. Midway through the second quarter, with the Redskins up 10-0, defensive end Alex Brown tipped a Mark Brunell pass, and Azumah picked it out of the air and sprinted 70 yards to make it a game. Not to win, mind you. But to make it a game.
Coach of the Week: Houston's Dom Capers. The Texans have won three of four since starting 0-2, including Sunday's big win over the Titans in Nashville. What a day for the Texans' defense--four picks off Steve McNair, and Houston held him under 50% passing. Capers runs a steady ship, and his team never gets rattled.
• For more of Peter King's MMQB, including an exclusive interview with Terrell Owens, check out si.com/nfl.
October 24, 2004
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