Players of the Week/Month
RB DERRICK HENRY, STEELERS LB T.J. WATT &
K MATTHEW WRIGHT NAMED AFC PLAYERS OF WEEK 6
Running back DERRICK HENRY of the Tennessee Titans, linebacker
T.J. WATT of the Pittsburgh Steelers
and kicker MATTHEW WRIGHT of the Jacksonville
Jaguars are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week
for games played in Week 6 (October 14, 17-18).
OFFENSE: RB DERRICK HENRY, TENNESSEE TITANS
- Henry rushed for 143 yards and
three touchdowns, including the eventual game-winner late in the fourth
quarter, in Tennessee’s dramatic Monday Night Football victory over
Buffalo. He also had two receptions for 13 yards.
- This marked Henry’s
second-consecutive game with three rushing touchdowns and his third overall
this season. No other player has two such games in 2021. He is the third player
in NFL history with at least 750 rushing yards (783) and 10 rushing touchdowns
(10) in his team’s first six games of a season.
- This is the sixth-career
Offensive Player of the Week award for Henry and second this season:
- 2018: Week 14
- 2019: Week 17
- 2020: Weeks 6, 17
- 2021: Weeks 2, 6
- He joins Matthew Stafford as
the only players to earn Player of the Week honors multiple times this season.
- Henry extends his record for
most-ever Player of the Week awards by a Titans player. Shaun Alexander
(seven-time winner) is the only former Alabama running back to win the award
DEFENSE: LB T.J. WATT, PITTSBURGH STEELERS
- Watt totaled seven tackles, three passes defensed, two sacks (both in
overtime) and a forced fumble that set up the game-winning field goal in
Pittsburgh’s Sunday Night Football victory over Seattle.
- He became the fourth player
with two sacks in a single overtime period since 1982, when the individual sack
became an official statistic.
- This is the fourth-career Defensive
Player of the Week award for Watt and first this season:
- 2018: Weeks 1, 5
- 2020: Week 2
- 2021: Week 6
- Watt ties James Harrison, Greg Lloyd and Joey Porter (all four-time
winners) for the most-ever Defensive Player of the Week awards by a Steelers
SPECIAL TEAMS: K MATTHEW WRIGHT, JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
- Wright converted all three of his field goals – from 40, 54 and the
game-winner from 53 yards – and both of his point after attempts in
Jacksonville’s 23-20 victory over Miami in London.
- This is the first-career
Special Teams Player of the Week award for Wright. He is the first Jaguars
kicker to earn the honor since Josh Lambo (Week 7, 2019).
- Wright joins Matt Prater, the
NFC’s Week 6 Special Teams Player of the Week, as the only former University of
Central Florida kickers to earn Player of the Week.
2021 AFC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Mahomes, Kansas City
Crosby, Las Vegas
Carlson, Las Vegas
K Nick Folk,
RB Derrick Henry,
LB T.J. Watt,