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Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Rams, Cardinals earn acclaim

By Mike Sando

Posted by's Mike Sando

NFC West players claimed two of three NFC player of the week honors announced by the league Wednesday. This is new territory for the division. Before this week, Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner was the only player from the NFC West to win the award in 2008.

Rams safety Oshiomogho Atogwe (defense) and Cardinals receiver Sean Morey (special teams) joined the Saints' Drew Brees (offense) as the winners for Week 6.

Atogwe had four tackles, a forced fumble and a 75-yard fumble return for a touchdown during the Rams' upset victory at Washington. Morey's blocked punt in overtime helped the Cardinals score the winning touchdown against Dallas.

Factors beyond Darnell Dockett's control prevented the Cardinals' defensive lineman from challenging Atogwe for the defensive award.

An officiating error wiped out Dockett's fumble-forcing sack deep in Cowboys territory. The Cardinals recovered, but officials incorrectly ruled the play dead. Dockett made a similar play, with Arizona recovering the fumble in the end zone this time. But referee Peter Morelli invoked the tuck rule while using replay to reverse the ruling on the field. Dallas maintained possession.

Cardinals receiver Steve Breaston was nominated for the offensive award after catching eight passes for 102 yards and a touchdown against the Cowboys.