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Manning earns AFC weekly honor again

Peyton Manning is off to an historic start so it's no surprise he's been named an AFC Player of the Week for the second time already this season.

The Broncos quarterback earned the offensive award Wednesday after passing for 374 yards and three touchdowns in a 37-21 win over the Raiders Monday night.

Manning completed 32-of-37 passes and had a passer rating of 135.8 -- only the sixth time in NFL history someone threw for at least 350 yards and three TDs with a completion percentage over 85, according to the NFL.

He also captured the award for Week 1 after throwing an NFL record-tying seven touchdown passes against the Ravens. Manning has thrown 12 touchdown passes so far this season -- the most of any player ever through three weeks of the NFL season.

It was Manning's 25th Player of the Week award, also a record.

Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston won the defensive award after posting 4 1/2 sacks in a Thursday night win over the Eagles. Houston had seven tackles, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. Hall of Famer Derrick Thomas in the only Chiefs player with more sacks in a game.

Browns punter Spencer Lanning averaged 46.8 yards on five punts in a win over the Vikings and threw an 11-yard touchdown pass as the holder on a fake field goal attempt, earning the special teams award. He also kicked an extra point.

The NFL said Lanning was the first player with a punt, an extra point and a touchdown pass in a single game since Philadelphia's Sam Baker on Oct. 13, 1968.