AFC Players of the Week - Week 7

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AFC Players of the Week - Week 7

Players of the Week/Month 2015 Regular Week 07 English



Quarterback RYAN TANNEHILL of the Miami Dolphins, linebacker TELVIN SMITH of the Jacksonville Jaguars and kicker STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI of the New England Patriots are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played in Week 7 (October 22, 25-26), the NFL announced today.


  • Tannehill completed 18 of 19 passes (94.7 percent) for 282 yards with four touchdowns, no interceptions and a 158.3 passer rating – the highest attainable mark – in the Dolphins’ 44-26 win over Houston.
  • He completed his first 18 passes of the game and, combined with his seven completions in a row to end last week’s game at Tennessee, set an NFL record with 25 consecutive completions (DONOVAN MC NABB, 24 in 2004).
  • All four of his touchdown passes came in the first half, including three scoring throws that covered at least 50 yards. He is the first player with three 50+ yard touchdown passes in the first half since RANDALL CUNNINGHAM on November 26, 1998 against the Cowboys.
  • Tannehill is the only Dolphins quarterback to post a 158.3 passer rating (minimum 14 attempts), eclipsing the single-game franchise mark previously held by JAY FIEDLER (156.0 rating vs. Dallas on November 27, 2003).
  • In his fourth season from Texas A&M, this is Tannehill’s first career Player of the Week Award and the first by a Dolphins quarterback since MATT MOORE in 2011 (Week 9).
  • He is the first Dolphin to be named Offensive Player of the Week since running back REGGIE BUSH in 2012 (Week 2).


  • Smith posted a team-high nine tackles, including two tackles for a loss, three passes defensed and an interception-return touchdown in the Jaguars’ 34-31 win against Buffalo at London’s Wembley Stadium.
  • His 26-yard interception-return touchdown came immediately following a six-yard fumble-return touchdown by defensive end CHRIS CLEMONS in the second quarter, as the Jaguars became the first team to score two defensive touchdowns in a seven-second span since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.
  • Smith is the fourth linebacker in Jacksonville history with an interception-return touchdown and the first NFL linebacker to accomplish the feat in the 13-game history of the NFL International Series in London.
  • In his second season from Florida State, this is Smith’s second career Player of the Week Award and first since Week 7 of his 2014 rookie season.
  • Smith’s two career Defensive Player of the Week Awards are tied with cornerback RASHEAN MATHIS for the most in franchise history.

  • Gostkowski converted all three field-goal attempts (38, 46 and 24 yards) and all three PATS for a total of 12 points in the Patriots’ 30-23 divisional win against the New York Jets, who had the NFL’s top-ranked scoring defense entering Week 7 (15.0 points per game).
  • His 12 points ranked second in the AFC and tied for third in the NFL amongst kickers during Week 7.
  • Gostkowski, who also booted five of his seven kickoffs for touchbacks against the Jets, leads the NFL in scoring with 69 points this season.
  • He is one of two players to convert at least 15 field goals and all of his PATs without missing a kick in 2015 (STEPHEN HAUSCHKA).
  • In his 10th season from Memphis, this is Gostkowski’s second career Player of the Week Award and first since 2009 (Week 9).
  • He joins ADAM VINATIERI (eight) as the only Patriots kickers to win multiple Special Teams Player of the Week Awards.




Special Teams

Wk 1

QB Marcus Mariota, Tennessee

CB Aqib Talib, Denver

PR-WR Jarvis Landry, Miami

Wk 2

QB Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh

CB Darrelle Revis, N.Y. Jets

PR-WR Travis Benajamin, Cleveland

Wk 3

WR A.J. Green, Cincinnati

LB Preston Brown, Buffalo

P Pat McAfee, Indianapolis

Wk 4

QB Philip Rivers, San Diego

S T.J. Ward, Denver

K Justin Tucker, Baltimore

Wk 5

QB Josh McCown, Cleveland

S Mike Adams, Indianapolis

K Mike Nugent, Cincinnati

Wk 6

WR DeAndre Hopkins, Houston

DE Cameron Wake, Miami

K Chris Boswell, Pittsburgh

Wk 7

QB Ryan Tannehill, Miami

LB Telvin Smith, Jacksonville

K Stephen Gostkowski, New England

Other nominees for AFC Offensive Player of Week 7 as submitted by AFC clubs:

  • New England quarterback TOM BRADY, who passed for 355 yards and two touchdowns for a 94.3 passer rating in the Patriots’ 30-23 win against the New York Jets.
  • Oakland quarterback DEREK CARR, who completed 24 of 31 passes (77.4 percent) for 289 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 137.7 passer rating in the Raiders’ 37-29 win at San Diego.
  • Oakland rookie wide receiver AMARI COOPER, who had five catches for 133 yards and one touchdown.
  • New England tight end ROB GRONKOWSKI, who had 11 catches for 108 yards and one touchdown.
  • Miami running back LAMAR MILLER, who rushed for 175 yards on 14 carries and had three catches for 61 yards with two total touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving).
  • Kansas City running back CHARCANDRICK WEST, who rushed for 110 yards and one touchdown in the Chiefs’ 23-13 win against Pittsburgh.

Other nominees for AFC Defensive Player of Week 7 as submitted by AFC clubs:

  • Kansas City safety ERIC BERRY, who had six tackles and one interception.
  • Miami safety RESHAD JONES, who had eight tackles and an interception-return touchdown.
  • Oakland linebacker MALCOLM SMITH, who posted 11 tackles and one interception.
  • Miami defensive end CAMERON WAKE, who had two sacks. 

Other nominee for AFC Special Teams Player of Week 7 as submitted by AFC clubs:

  • Kansas City punter DUSTIN COLQUITT, who punted three times for 164 yards (54.7 average), including a net average of 54 yards per punt.​

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