Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Troy Polamalu, David Reed awarded
By James Walker
Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu and Baltimore Ravens rookie receiver David Reed were named AFC defensive and special teams player of the week, respectively, the NFL announced Wednesday.
Polamalu continues to make big plays; he had two interceptions in Pittsburgh's 23-7 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. The safety returned one of those interceptions 45 yards for a touchdown in the first half. He is the first player to win the award on defense in consecutive weeks since Bruce Smith accomplished the feat in 1990.
Reed set a Ravens record by recording a 103-yard kickoff return to start the second half of Baltimore's 34-28 overtime win over the Houston Texans. Reed broke various tackles on his way to the end zone, which gave the Ravens a 28-7 lead the team would later relinquish in regulation.