NFL Reveals NFC Players of the Week for Week 11

The NFL announced its NFC Players of the Week for Week 11, and they include a running back making a claim for the top spot on America's Team, a rookie growing his legend in Detroit, and a veteran who etched his name in the record books. On offense, Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard takes home the honors for his 189 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns in a dominant 40-3 win over the Minnesota Vikings. The fourth-year back has been absolutely dominant since his backfield mate Ezekiel Elliot suffered an injury against the Detroit Lions in Week 7. In his increased role over the past three games, Pollard has totalled an amazing 464 yards from scrimmage with explosive averages of 6.39 yards per carry and 10.62 yards per target. He may have earned starting duties for the rest of the year.

On defense, Detroit Lions rookie edge rusher Aidan Hutchinson earns his flowers for his three tackles, one fumble recovery, and one interception in a 31-18 win over the New York Giants. It's a surprising choice by the NFL given the relative modesty of Hutchinson's totals, but it speaks to his rising star power in league circles. Hutchinson was born in Michigan, played his college football at Michigan, and was the second-overall pick of Lions in the 2022 NFL Draft. He has a chance to become an all-time local legend.

As for special teams, Atlanta Falcons running back Cordarrelle Patterson wins the award for his record-setting 103-yard kick return touchdown in his team's 27-24 win over the Chicago Bears. It was the ninth kick return touchdown of his career, breaking a three-way tie for most all-time with Josh Cribbs and Leon Washington. 
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