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New England Patriots Alfonzo Dennard Rookie of the Week Nominee


The Pepsi Max Rookie of the Week award nominees have been announced for Week 11, and New England Patriots solid cornerback Alfonzo Dennard is one of them after his 87-yard pick six that came from a perfect read off of fellow star rookie Andrew Luck. The Indianapolis Colts quarterback was thoroughly beat by Dennard, who saw the play develop and caught the ball while running in full stride.

Dennard is up against some stiff competition, including Justin Blackmon who caught 236 passing yards in a near-upset of the AFC South rival Houston Texans. Robert Griffin III is the other favorite to win the award after turning in a perfect QB Rating and four touchdowns passes with a 14-15 line and exactly 200 passing yards.

The Colts also have a nominee in T.Y. Hilton, who had just over 100 receiving yards and a pair of touchdown catches. Hilton was a bane to the Patriots defensive backfield and burned Aqib Talib in a few occasions.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin has become a regular on the nominee list, and he put up 138 rushing yards on a soft Carolina Panthers defense to lead the Bucs to an overtime victory over their bitter NFC South rivals. He also caught four passes in the victory.

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Tags: Alfonzo Dennard Doug Martin Justin Blackmon New England Patriots Robert Griffin III T.Y. Hilton