National Football League
                === Rivers picks up second AFC weekly award ===
 New York, NY ( - San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers
 was named the AFC's top offensive player for the second time this season.
 Rivers  was also  Week 2's top player and has joined Denver quarterback Peyton
 Manning  as  the only  players to garner  the offensive award  in the AFC this
 season. Manning won in Week 1 and Week 3.
 In  a 30-21  victory over Dallas last Sunday, Rivers completed 35-of-42 passes
 for  401  yards with three  touchdowns and  one interception. The 83.3 percent
 completion  rate was the highest in NFL history for a player throwing at least
 40 passes. It was his fifth career 400-yard game and second this season.
 Defensive  honors  went to Tennessee  cornerback Alterraun Verner, who notched
 two  tackles, two interceptions  and a fumble recovery in a 38-13 win over the
 New  York Jets.  Verner's three takeaways led  to 21 points for the Titans. He
 has six takeaways this season, including one in each game.
 Kansas  City's Dexter McCluster was selected for the special teams award after
 returning  a punt 89 yards for a touchdown to key a 31-7 win over the New York
 Others considered for the offensive award were Manning, who completed 28-of-34
 passes  for  327 yards with  four touchdowns  and no interceptions in Denver's
 52-20 throttling of Philadelphia; Cleveland quarterback Brian Hoyer, who threw
 for  269 yards with  two touchdowns in a 17-6 victory over Cincinnati; and New
 England  receiver Kenbrell Thompkins, who had six catches for 127 yards with a
 touchdown in a 30-23 win at Atlanta.
 Defensive  consideration also  went to Buffalo linebacker Kiko Alonso, who had
 five  tackles and two interceptions in a 23-20 win over Baltimore, and Houston
 linebacker  Whitney  Mercilus, who  notched six  tackles and 2  1/2 sacks in a
 23-20 overtime loss to Seattle.
 Denver  kick returner  Trindon Holliday  was nominated  for the  special teams
 award after a 105-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against the Eagles.
 10/02 13:46:13 ET