Broncos TE Julius Thomas had 3 TDs in the first half against the Colts on Sunday.
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The NFL announced its three players of the week in the AFC for Week 1 of the 2014 NFL season.
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week, Miami Dolphins LB Cameron Wake was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week, and Bills K Dan Carpenter was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.
Thomas had seven catches for 104 yards, a 14.9 yards/catch mark that helped the Broncos take a 24-0 lead against the Colts in the first half. He had three TDs in the second quarter. Thomas was a Pro Bowl TE in 2013 after recording 12 TDs.
Wake sacked QB Tom Brady twice and had two forced fumbles in the Dolphins 33-20 comeback win against the heavily favored New England Patriots. Wake is a three-time Pro Bowler and was named All-Pro in 2012.
Carpenter converted three field-goal attempts, including a 27-yard game winner, and both PATs in the Bills’ 23-20 overtime victory against the Chicago Bears. He kicked a 33-yard field goal with 4:02 remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Bills a 20-17 lead and sealed the win with the 27-yard field goal on Buffalo’s first overtime possession. Carpenter also converted a 50-yard field-goal attempt in the second quarter, the longest of any AFC player on Kickoff Weekend.