NFL Reveals AFC Players of the Week for Week 16

The NFL revealed its AFC Players of the Week for Week 16, and they include an ascendent quarterback on a conference contender and a veteran leader for one of the league's most established franchises.

On offense, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow wins for the third time this year for his efforts in his team's 22-18 win over the New England Patriots. Burrow netted 369 yards on 54 dropbacks with three touchdowns and a pair of interceptions. Given the Bengals were held scoreless in the second half and one of Burrow's interceptions included a brutal pick-six, the third-year passer's inclusion in this week's awards is surprising. It wasn't a banner week for AFC offensive players.

On defense, Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Cameron Heyward earned some much-deserved recognition for his performance in his team's 13-10 win over the Las Vegas Raiders. Heyward logged 2.0 sacks and three tackles for loss. Perennially one of the league's most underrated players, the five-time Pro Bowler has put together yet another solid season in his 12th year, compiling 8.5 sacks, 12 tackles for loss, and 18 quarterback hits.

As for special teams, Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Riley Patterson earns recognition for his 13 points on five kicks in his team's 19-3 win over the New York Jets. Patterson nailed an extra point and his four field goal attempts, going a perfect 5/5 on the day.

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