Flacco named AFC Offensive Player of the Week

Since Joe Flacco's impressive, and perhaps breakout, performance to start the season on Monday Night Football, it's been hard to escape debate about how good the Ravens quarterback is, from sports talk radio to ESPN.

Well, the NFL put a label on just how strong of a game he had against the Bengals, naming Flacco AFC Offensive Player of the Week on Wednesday.

He made it a Baltimore/Washington area sweep of the league's offensive honors, as Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week.

Flacco earned his nod by completing 21 of 29 passes for 299 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in the 44-13 win. He attacked right away, converting a perfectly placed 52-yard strike to Torrey Smith on his first play from scrimmage this season, and then led the Baltimore offense to its most points since 2009.

Not a bad way to get 2012 going at all.