Vikings' Wide Out Rice Earns NFC Offensive Player Of The Week Honors

Zeke Fuhrman@@mellamoelzekeAnalyst IIINovember 19, 2009

PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 25:  Sidney Rice #18 of the Minnesota Vikings makes a catch as Ike Taylor #24 of the Pittsburgh Steelers defends at Heinz Field on October 25, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.The play was nullified by a penalty.  Pittsburgh won 27-17.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Sidney Rice was awarded the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Detroit Lions.

Rice caught seven passes for 201 yards, including a 56-yard reception that helped the Vikings pull away early in the fourth quarter.

Rice leads the NFC in receiving yards with 786, although he has caught only two touchdown passes. Tight end Visanthe Shancoe leads the Vikings by catching six of Brett Favre's 17 touchdown passes.

In his first two NFL seasons, Rice had a total of 537 receiving yards. He has topped that in just his last four games with a combined 553 yards.

Rice's 201 yards were fourth most in Vikings history. He also becomes the first Vikings WR to win Player of the Week honors since Randy Moss in 2001.

Rice becomes the Vikings fifth Player of the Week, joining linebacker Chad Greenway (week one vs Detroit), kick returner Percy Harvin (week three vs San Francisco), and QB Brett Favre (week four vs Green Bay and week eight vs Green Bay).

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