Big awards week in the NFC East. The Philadelphia Eagles announced Tuesday night that safety Kurt Coleman has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Week, and a few moments later the New York Giants announced that running back Ahmad Bradshaw had been named NFC Offensive Player of the Week.
Let's do Bradshaw first. He racked up 104 yards and three touchdowns in the Giants' victory over the Buffalo Bills. It was his first 100-yard game of the season and came a week after he ripped into his offensive line for its performance in a loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Bradshaw saw a larger-than-usual workload due to the absence, for the second straight week, of fellow running back Brandon Jacobs, who's out with a knee injury. It will be interesting to see what the carry split is going forward for the Giants after the bye week if Jacobs is healthy. Bradshaw has had fumble and injury problems in the past, but he looked Sunday like a back who can handle a full workload if necessary.
As for Coleman, nice redemption story. He got benched earlier in the year for poor play, but Sunday he got re-inserted into the starting lineup in place of Jarrad Page, who was inactive after a poor showing the week before in Buffalo. Coleman responded with three interceptions of Washington Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman in the Eagles' season-saving victory in Washington. He was also credited with a team-high six tackles. Safety play has been a problem for the Eagles this year, but a re-energized Coleman coupled with an ever-improving Nate Allen look like they could be on the verge of providing some answers.