Each week, THN will choose their three players of the game at each position. Here are week seven's selections:
Offense: Mark Brunell
Brunell continued to build a good rapport with wide receiver Santana Moss, helping him achieve another 100-yard game. Moss wasnít the only beneficiary from Brunellís excellent play. Mike Sellers, who headed into the 2005 season without scoring a touchdown since 2001, caught his 3rd and 4th touchdown receptions of the season. On the day, Brunell passed for 252 yards and three touchdowns with an astonishing 147 passer rating. Brunell is tied for third in the NFL with a 98.3 passer rating.
Defense: LaVar Arrington
Arrington had been struggling to get playing time for the first 5 games of the season. LaVar played a total of less than 10 snaps on defense during the first three games of the season and did not play on defense against Denver and Kansas City. LaVar did see the field on two punt returns against the Chiefs.
All of that was pushed aside when Arrington entered the game on the 49ers first offensive drive to the roar of the FedEx Field crowd. He had something to prove to the coaches and played with a vengeance. Arrington was originally limited to participating in second down situations but the sixth year linebacker made big play after big play, earning him more playing time as the game continued. LaVar led the team with 9 tackles, almost matching replacement Warrick Holdmanís season total, and was the heart and soul of the defense. LaVar also saw more action on special teams. With this performance, he will likely see increased playing time next week against the Giants.
Special Teams: Nick Novak
The Redskins offense gave Novak plenty of opportunities to see the field against the 49ers. Novak was perfect on the day, connecting on seven extra points and a 27-yard field goal late in the third quarter. His 10 points are a testament to his chemistry with Punter/Holder Derrick Frost, who joined the team prior to Week 3. Novak has played well in place of injured veteran John Hall.