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NFL Players of the Week: Quarterbacks Lamar Jackson and Tom Brady Offensive POW

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NFL Players of the Week: Quarterbacks Lamar Jackson and Tom Brady Offensive POW

2021-10-13 10:33:28

 

Image: Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson. (Image Source: Geoff Burke / USA Today)

Quarterback LAMAR JACKSON of the Baltimore Ravens, defensive end GREG ROUSSEAU of the Buffalo Bills and kicker NICK FOLK of the New England Patriots are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played in Week 5 (October 7, 10-11).

OFFENSE: QB LAMAR JACKSON, BALTIMORE RAVENS

  • Jackson completed 37 of 43 passes (86 percent) for a franchise-record 442 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions for a season-high 140.5 passer rating in Baltimore’s comeback overtime victory over Indianapolis on Monday Night Football.

  • It marked the first game in NFL history in which a quarterback completed 80-or-more percent of his passes and had at least 400 passing yards in the same game. It was also the highest completion percentage by a player in a game with at least 40 pass attempts all-time.

  • This is the eighth-career Offensive Player of the Week award for Jackson:
    • 2019: Weeks 1, 9, 10, 12, 15
    • 2020: Weeks 1, 14
    • 2021: Week 5

  • Jackson ties Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis (eight) for the second-most Player of the Week awards ever by a Raven. Only kicker Justin Tucker (12-time winner) has more.

DEFENSE: DE GREG ROUSSEAU, BUFFALO BILLS

  • Rousseau totaled five tackles, a sack and his first-career interception in Buffalo’s Sunday Night Football victory in Kansas City.

  • He became the first rookie this season to record both a sack and interception in a single game.   

  • Rousseau joins linebacker Cornelius Bennett (Week 16, 1987) as the only Buffalo rookies to earn Defensive Player of the Week. He is the first rookie from the University of Miami to win Defensive Rookie of the Week since Tennessee’s Colin McCarthy (Week 13, 2011).

  • After linebacker Tremaine Edmunds earned the honor in Week 4, the Bills have back-to-back Defensive Player of the Week winners for the first time since Weeks 4-5 in 2016 (linebacker Zach Brown and cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman).

SPECIAL TEAMS: K NICK FOLK, NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

  • Folk converted all four of his field goals, including two from 52 yards, and the game-winning 21-yard field goal with 15 seconds remaining to give New England the 25-22 victory in Houston.
  • This is the seventh-career Special Teams Player of the Week award for Folk, and third with the Patriots:
    • 2007 (with Dallas): Week 5
    • 2010 (with New York Jets): Week 5
    • 2013 (with New York Jets): Weeks 1, 9
    • 2020 (with New England): Weeks 9, 12
    • 2021 (with New England): Week 5

  • Folk joins Stephen Gostkowski (six-time winner) and Adam Vinatieri (eight-time winner) as the only Patriots kickers to earn the honor at least three times.

Quarterback TOM BRADY of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, cornerback MARSHON LATTIMORE of the New Orleans Saints and linebacker T.J. EDWARDS of the Philadelphia Eagles are the NFC Offensive, Defensive, and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played in Week 5 (October 7, 10-11).

OFFENSE: QB TOM BRADY, TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

  • Brady completed 30 of 41 pass attempts (73.2 percent) for 411 yards and five touchdowns with zero interceptions for a 144.4 rating in Tampa Bay’s 45-17 victory over Miami. It marked the most touchdown passes and highest passer rating by any player in Week 5.

  • Brady now has nine career games with at least five touchdown passes, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer Peyton Manning (nine games) for the second-most such games in NFL history. Only Drew Brees (11 games) has more.

  • This is Brady’s 32nd Offensive Player of the Week award, the most all-time, and second with Tampa Bay:
    • 2001: Weeks 5, 11
    • 2002: Weeks 1, 9
    • 2003: Weeks 9, 17
    • 2005: Week 5
    • 2007: Weeks 3, 6-7, 14, 17
    • 2009: Weeks 1, 6, 16
    • 2010: Weeks 12-13
    • 2011: Weeks 1-2, 16
    • 2012: Weeks 4, 8, 14
    • 2013: Week 12
    • 2015: Week 8
    • 2016: Weeks 5, 11
    • 2017: Weeks 2-3, 10
    • 2020 (with Tampa Bay): Week 4
    • 2021 (with Tampa Bay): Week 5

DEFENSE: CB MARSHON LATTIMORE, NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

  • Lattimore recorded a career-high six passes defensed in New Orleans’ 33-22 victory in Washington, the most passes defensed by a player in a single game since Kyle Fuller in 2017.

  • This is Lattimore’s first-career Defensive Player of the Week award and he becomes the first Saints cornerback to earn the honor since P.J. Williams (Week 8, 2018).

  • Lattimore is the first former Ohio State defensive back to earn the honor since Cleveland’s Denzel Ward (Week 5, 2018).

SPECIAL TEAMS: LB T.J. EDWARDS, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

  • Edwards blocked a punt in the fourth quarter to set up the go-ahead touchdown as Philadelphia overcame a 12-point deficit to defeat Carolina.  

  • This is Edwards’ first-career Special Teams Player of the Week award and he becomes the first Philadelphia player to earn the honor since punt returner Kenjon Barner (Week 5, 2017).

  • He is the first former Wisconsin Badger to win Special Teams Player of the Week since safety Troy Vincent (with Washington in Week 9, 2006).

 

 

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