- Mike Sando, NFL Insider
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Alex Smith was named the NFC's offensive player of the week Wednesday.
The award was a career first for Smith.
Around the NFC West: Nov. 1, 2012
Somehow, that one slipped past me.
This is the sixth time in eight weeks the NFL has named an NFC West player as an offensive, defensive or special-teams player of the week.
NFC West players have won eight of the 24 awards.
Week 2: Arizona's Calais Campbell wins defensive honors.
Week 5: St. Louis punter Johnny Hekker wins special-teams honors.
Week 7: San Francisco's Andy Lee wins special-teams honors.
Week 8: Smith wins offensive honors.
NFC West teams produced 12 winners last season. Arizona's Patrick Peterson and 49ers kicker David Akers each won twice. Eight others won one apiece: Ted Ginn Jr. (49ers), Willis (49ers), Lee (49ers), Robert Quinn (Rams), Fitzgerald (Cardinals), Clemons (Seahawks), David Hawthorne (Seahawks) and Doug Baldwin (Seahawks).