National Football League
         === Manning, Houston, Folk selected for AFC weekly honors ===
 New  York,  NY (Sports  Network) - Denver  Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning,
 Kansas  City  Chiefs linebacker Justin  Houston and  New York Jets kicker Nick
 Folk  have been selected  as the AFC's top players for the opening week of the
 NFL season.
 Manning  earned the  offensive award  after  his stellar  performance in  last
 Thursday's  49-27  win over Baltimore to  start the campaign. He threw for 462
 yards and tied an NFL record with seven touchdown passes.
 In  addition, the former  MVP was not picked off and joined Y.A. Tittle (1962)
 as the only quarterbacks to throw for seven scores without an interception. He
 also earned his 24th weekly award, surpassing Tom Brady for the most since the
 honor was instituted in 1984.
 Houston  garnered the defensive award for the first time with five tackles and
 three  sacks in Kansas City's 28-2 win over Jacksonville. He played a key role
 in a defensive effort that limited the Jaguars to 178 total yards.
 Folk  hit the  48-yard winning field goal  in the closing seconds of the Jets'
 18-17  triumph over Tampa Bay to pick up the special teams honor. He made each
 of  his  three field  goal attempts in  the victory to  claim his third weekly
 Others  considered for the offensive award were Miami receiver Brian Hartline,
 who  had nine  catches for  114 yards  and  a touchdown  in a  23-10 win  over
 Cleveland;  Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck, who threw for 178 yards with
 a  pair of  touchdowns and ran for  the winning score in the fourth quarter to
 give  the  Colts a  21-17 victory  over Oakland;  and Houston quarterback Matt
 Schaub,  who threw  for 346 yards with  three scores and one interception in a
 31-28 victory over San Diego on Monday night.
 Defensive  consideration went  to  Colts  safety Antoine  Bethea,  who had  11
 tackles  and sealed  Indianapolis' victory  over  the Raiders  with a  fourth-
 quarter  interception near  the goal line, as well as Miami cornerback Dimitri
 Patterson, who picked off two passes against the Browns.
 Denver punter Britton Colquitt was nominated for the special teams award after
 averaging  45.6  yards on seven  punts with  five finishing inside the 20-yard
 09/11 14:32:02 ET