The NFL named Arizona's Patrick Peterson its special-teams player of the week in the NFC after the rookie scored for a fourth time this season on a punt return.
Peterson's 80-yard touchdown return, his second score on a punt return against St. Louis this season, helped the Cardinals beat the Rams, 23-20. Suggs' three-sack game against San Francisco helped the Ravens beat the 49ers on Thanksgiving, 16-6. And Hall's performance against Seattle, featuring seven passes defensed and a clinching interception, was enough for him to get notice as well.
My early favorites for NFC West-enabled honors for Week 13:
Aldon Smith, 49ers: Like Smith, he also gets to work against the left side of the Rams' line.
Frank Gore, 49ers: He faces the Rams' league-worst run defense one week after Arizona's Beanie Wells rushed for 228 yards.
Jason Babin, Eagles: Babin has 10 sacks this season. He'll be working against the reconfigured right side of the Seahawks' offensive line.
Wells set a franchise record for rushing yards and it wasn't enough for him to beat out New Orleans' Drew Brees as offensive player of the week in the NFC.