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Sidney Rice Earns NFC Offensive Player of the Week

Minnesota Vikings WR 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. TE 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 LB Chad Greenway (Week 1 vs Detroit), KR Percy Harvin (Week 3 vs San Francisco) and QB Brett Favre (Week 4 vs Green Bay and Week 8 vs Green Bay).

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