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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Dalton: Third to win award after facing Colts

By Mike Wells

INDIANAPOLIS -- Want to win player of the week honors?

The Indianapolis Colts will gladly help out with that.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton became the third player to win player of the week this season after facing the Colts when he took top offensive honors in the AFC.

He was 24-of-35 for 275 yards and three touchdowns in their 42-28 victory over the Colts this past weekend. Dalton also had an 8-yard touchdown run.

Dalton follows Arizona’s Carson Palmer and St. Louis’ Tavon Austin in winning the award after playing the Colts.

Palmer was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week after he was 26-of-37 for 314 yards and two touchdowns in Arizona's 40-11 victory on Nov. 24.

Austin put on a clinic on offense and special teams against the Colts on Nov. 10. He had four punt returns for 145 yards, including a 98-yard return for a touchdown, to be named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week after the Nov. 10 game. An argument could be made for him to win offensive player of the week, too, after he had two catches -- both going for touchdowns -- for 138 yards in the Rams' easy 38-8 win.

Be on the lookout for Houston’s Andre Johnson against the Colts this weekend. He had nine catches for 229 yards and three touchdowns in the Texans’ 27-24 loss on Nov. 3.