Players of the Week/Month
DOLPHINS QB RYAN TANNEHILL, JAGUARS LB TELVIN SMITH
PATRIOTS K STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI NAMED AFC PLAYERS OF
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
OFFENSE: QB RYAN TANNEHILL, MIAMI DOLPHINS
- 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).
DEFENSE: LB TELVIN SMITH, JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
K STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI, NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
- 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.
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.
two career Defensive Player of the Week Awards are tied with cornerback RASHEAN MATHIS for the most in
- 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
- 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
- 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
2015 AFC PLAYERS OF THE
Revis, N.Y. Jets
LB Preston Brown,
P Pat McAfee,
Rivers, San Diego
S T.J. Ward,
S Mike Adams,
DE Cameron Wake,
Gostkowski, New England
Other nominees for AFC Offensive Player of Week 7 as
submitted by AFC clubs:
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.
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
rookie wide receiver AMARI COOPER,
who had five catches for 133 yards and one touchdown.
England tight end ROB GRONKOWSKI,
who had 11 catches for 108 yards and one touchdown.
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).
City running back CHARCANDRICK WEST,
who rushed for 110 yards and one touchdown in the Chiefs’ 23-13 win against
Other nominees for AFC Defensive Player of Week 7 as
submitted by AFC clubs:
City safety ERIC BERRY, who had
six tackles and one interception.
safety RESHAD JONES, who had
eight tackles and an interception-return touchdown.
linebacker MALCOLM SMITH, who
posted 11 tackles and one interception.
defensive end CAMERON WAKE, who
had two sacks.
Other nominee for AFC Special Teams Player of Week 7 as
submitted by AFC clubs:
City punter DUSTIN COLQUITT, who
punted three times for 164 yards (54.7 average), including a net average of 54
yards per punt.