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2011 Player Awards
K Sebastian Janikowski was selected as the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week by the NFL after tying an NFL record with a 63-yard field goal in a 23-20 win at Denver on Monday Night Football. Janikowski tied kickers Tom Dempsey and Jason Elam in accomplishing the feat. He also became the first player in NFL history with two 60-yard field goals; the first was a 61-yarder on December 27, 2009. Janikowski’s three field goals of 37, 21, and 63 yards, tied for an AFC-best in Week 1 action. He also added two extra points and kicked five touchbacks.
WR Denarius Moore was selected as the Pepsi Rookie of the Week by way of fan voting on NFL.com. Moore hauled in five passes for 146 yards and a score, and had one rush for 25 yards in the Raiders’ 38-35 loss to the Buffalo Bills.
Offensive guard Stefen Wisniewski of the Oakland Raiders was voted the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week by fans on NFL.com. Wisniewski helped the Oakland offensive line clear the way for 234 yards on the ground while allowing only one sack against a potent pass rush in the Raiders' 34-24 win over the New York Jets. His lead block on a touchdown run early in the fourth quarter helped give Oakland a commanding two-score lead.
RB Darren McFadden was selected as the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week. McFadden ran 19 times for 171 yards and two scores in the Raiders’ 34-24 victory over the New York Jets. McFadden had the most yards and highest yards per carry average of any player with more than 10 carries on the week.
Raiders RB Darren McFadden has been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 3 of the 2011 NFL Regular Season. McFadden rushed for a career-high 171 yards on just 19 carries, averaging 9.0 yards per rushing attempt as the Raiders defeated the New York Jets 34-24 in the Silver and Black’s home regular season opener at O.co Coliseum in Oakland. McFadden rushed for two touchdowns, scoring on a two-yard run in the first quarter and a career-long 70-yard run in the second quarter. He added three receptions on the afternoon.
Raiders K Sebastian Janikowski was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for September. Janikowski was five-for-six on field goal attempts and a perfect 11-for-11 on extra point attempts during the month of September for 26 total points. Two of his field goals were longer than 50 yards, including a 63-yarder at Denver on September 12 that tied the NFL record for the longest field goal. He also booted field goals from 54 and 49 yards out against the New York Jets on September 25 and his only miss during the month was a 56-yard attempt from the infield dirt at O.co Coliseum. He also recorded an NFL-high 13 touchbacks on kickoffs during the month of September.
K Sebastian Janikowski was selected as AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. Janikowski booted four field goals and added one PAT during the Raiders' 25-20 win over the Houston Texans. Three field goals from 54, 55 (a Reliant Stadium record for longest field goal) and 50 yards tied the NFL record for most field goals from 50 yards or longer in a single game. He now has kicked 25 field goals of 50 yards or longer, with five of those coming this year, including an NFL-record tying 63-yarder during the Raiders’ 2011 regular-season opening win over the Broncos at Denver.
Raiders KR/WR Jacoby Ford has been named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for 2011 NFL Regular Season Week 6. Ford returned a kickoff 101 yards for a touchdown in the Raiders 24-17 win over the Cleveland Browns this past Sunday. That kickoff return for a touchdown this past Sunday matches his career-long and ties his mark for the third-longest kickoff return in team history. Ford is now 10th all-time in Raiders history in kickoff return yardage and has returned four kickoffs for touchdowns in less than two seasons.
2011 Madden Protectors Award: Hall of Fame Coach John Madden selects Oakland Raiders as Top Protectors for Week 6. This impressive performance establishes the Raiders offensive line as contenders for the third annual Madden Protectors Award, presented by Prilosec OTC. The award honors the NFL’s best offensive line and will be presented during the week of Super Bowl XLVI, which will be played on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis. “On an emotional day for the Oakland Raiders and a big game against Cleveland, the Raiders needed to run the ball well and their offensive line did a great job in making that happen,” said Pro Football Hall of Fame Coach JOHN MADDEN.
Raiders RB Michael Bush has been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 10 of the 2011 NFL Regular Season. Bush led the Raiders through the air and on the ground in the 24-17 win over the Chargers in
RB Michael Bush has been voted FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week for games played on November 10-14. Bush totaled 242 yards from the line of scrimmage, including 30 carries for 157 yards and a touchdown in the Raiders 24-17 victory over the Chargers. His 242 yards from scrimmage marked the highest yardage total posted by a Raider in nearly 50 years.
Wide receiver Denarius Moore of the Oakland Raiders was voted Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week for games played on November 10-14. Moore caught five passes for 123 yards and two scores in the Raiders 24-17 win over the San Diego Chargers. This is the second Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week nod for Moore, as he also brought home the honor in Week Two. Moore and linebacker Aldon Smith of the San Francisco 49ers are the only players to win the award multiple times this season.
Raiders DT Richard Seymour has been named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 16 after blocking two field goal attempts – one to preserve a 3-3 tie at halftime and one to force overtime in a 13-13 game versus the Chiefs. Seymour, who is known more for his presence on the defensive line pressuring quarterbacks and giving offensive lines a hard time, made himself known on special teams by making two key plays in Kansas City to give the Raiders an opportunity to win in overtime. “I give my teammates and my coaches a lot of credit, they put me in the right position to make plays,” said Seymour. “I couldn’t be the player that I am without Tommy Kelly and the guys beside me.” The 11-year veteran, now in his third year with the Silver and Black, has 479 career tackles and 54.5 sacks. In 2011, Seymour has tallied 6.0 sacks and 27 tackles.
The Oakland Raiders overtime victory is the GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Week for games played on December 22-26. The GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Week is the best moment or play of the week that represents determination and perseverance. With their game tied 13-13 in the final seconds, Kansas City Chiefs K Ryan Succop lined up for what appeared would be the game-winning field goal, which would boot the Oakland Raiders out of playoff contention. But Raiders DT Richard Seymour blocked his second kick of the game, forcing overtime. After a 53-yard pass play from QB Carson Palmer to WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, K Sebastian Janikowski made a 36-yarder to win it for Oakland.
USA Football has selected Oakland Raiders punter Shane Lechler to its third annual USA Football All-Fundamentals Team, which honors 26 NFL players – 11 offense, 11 defense, four special teams – who exhibit exemplary football techniques for youth players to emulate. USA Football’s All-Fundamentals Team recognizes NFL players at each offensive and defensive position as well as four special teams positions. Employing proper technique, particularly when blocking and tackling, fosters better on-field performance and inherent safety benefits. Lechler’s extraordinary punting mechanics and leg action make him an important contributor to the Raiders’ success. With balance and good posture, the Oakland punter’s catch, drop and leg snap is one fluid motion that young punters can mirror to become more fundamentally sound.
Pro Football Weekly, along with the Professional Football Writers of America, announced their annual All-NFL team. Raiders G Stefen Wisniewski has been selected for the PFW All-Rookie Team. Wisniewski, selected in the 2nd round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Penn State, started all 16 regular season games at either guard or center for the Raiders in his first year as a pro. In Week 3, Wisniewski was voted the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week by fans on NFL.com. Wisniewski helped the Oakland offensive line clear the way for 234 yards on the ground while allowing only one sack against a potent pass rush in the Raiders' 34-24 win over the New York Jets. His lead block on a touchdown run early in the fourth quarter helped give the Raiders a commanding two-score lead. Wisniewski helped pave the way for the 7th ranked rushing attack in the NFL (131.9 yards per game), and anchored an offensive line that only allowed 25 sacks, which tied for 3rd best in the NFL.