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Drew Brees, Philip Rivers among Players of the Week

A couple of 400-yard passing performances lead the NFL's Week 4 Players of the Week awards.

Quarterback Philip Rivers continued his career renaissance with a 401-yard, three-touchdown torching of the Dallas Cowboys' secondary to take the AFC Offensive Player of the Week award. Over in the NFC, Drew Brees' 413-yard dismantling of the Miami Dolphins' defense led the New Orleans Saints to a 4-0 start and won him this week's award.

On the defensive side of the ball, Tennessee Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner finally is getting recognized for his stellar play. In Week 4, Verner had two interceptions, one fumble recovery and two passes defensed against the New York Jets. We told Geno Smithnot to throw his way.

Patrick Peterson took home the NFC Defensive Player of the Week award with his two interceptions that were key in the Arizona Cardinals' 13-10 comeback win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Dexter McCluster returned four punts for 113 yards Sunday. But it clearly was his video game-like, 89-yard return in the Kansas City Chiefs' 31-7 win over the New York Giants that won him the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week award. We could watch this play over and over and over and over and over ...

Yes, kickers are allowed to win awards, too. This week's NFC Special Teams Player of the Week is kicker Steven Hauschka. His 45-yard overtime field goal kept the Seattle Seahawks a perfect 4-0.

NFL Media will announce the players of the week every Wednesday on NFL Network's "NFL AM." The list of Week 3 winners is right here.

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