Players of the Week/Month
PATRIOTS QB TOM BRADY, BRONCOS DE DEREK WOLFE &
RAVENS K JUSTIN TUCKER NAMED AFC PLAYERS OF WEEK 8
Quarterback TOM BRADY of the New England Patriots, defensive
end DEREK WOLFE of the Denver
Broncos and kicker JUSTIN TUCKER of
the Baltimore Ravens are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players
of the Week for games played in Week 8 (October 29, November 1-2), the NFL
OFFENSE: QB TOM BRADY, NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
- Brady completed 26 of 38 passes
(68.4 percent) for 356 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for
a 133.2 passer rating in the Patriots’ 36-7 win against Miami on Thursday Night Football.
- The performance marked Brady’s 19th
career game with at least four touchdown passes and no interceptions, eclipsing
PEYTON MANNING (18) and DREW BREES (18) for the most in
- Brady, who led all AFC players in
passing yards (356) and passer rating (133.2) in Week 8, connected with
three different teammates on his four scoring throws, including a pair of
TD passes to JULIAN EDELMAN in
the fourth quarter.
- Brady has led the Patriots to a 7-0
record for the second time in franchise history and first time since 2007,
when New England finished the regular season 16-0.
- In his 16th season from Michigan,
this is Brady’s 25th career Offensive Player of the Week award, the
second-most of any player since the accolade was instituted in 1984 (PEYTON MANNING, 27). He most
recently won the award in 2013 (Week 12).
- He is the first Patriot to be named
Offensive Player of the Week since JONAS
GRAY in 2014 (Week 11).
DEFENSE: DE DEREK WOLFE, DENVER BRONCOS
- Wolfe posted a team-high
seven tackles in the Broncos’ 29-10 win against the previously undefeated Green
Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football.
- Six of Wolfe’s seven
tackles came within one yard the line of scrimmage or behind, including three
stops for no gain and one tackle for a loss.
- Wolfe led a defense that
limited the Packers to 140 total net yards, the fifth-fewest yards allowed against
an opponent with a 6-0 or better record in NFL history.
- Denver leads the NFL in
total defense (261.1 yards per game) and scoring defense (16.0 points per game)
his fourth season from Cincinnati, this is Wolfe’s first career Player of the
Week Award and first by a Broncos defensive end since ELVIS DUMERVIL in 2007 (Week 14).
is the third Bronco to be named Defensive Player of the Week this season, the
most of any team in the conference, as he joins cornerback AQIB TALIB (Week 1) and safety T.J.
WARD (Week 4).
K JUSTIN TUCKER, BALTIMORE RAVENS
- Tucker converted all five of his field-goal
attempts (48, 29, 48, 45 and 39 yards), including the 39-yard game-winner
on the final play of the Ravens’ 29-26 win against San Diego.
- He is the first player to convert at least
five field-goal attempts with no misses including the game-winner as time
expired in the fourth quarter since ROB BIRONAS in 2007.
- Tucker, who also converted both PATs and
booted all seven of his kickoffs for touchbacks against the Chargers, led
all NFL kickers with 17 total points in Week 8.
- In his fourth season from Texas,
this is Tucker’s sixth Special Teams Player of the Week award and second
of the 2015 season (Week 4).
six career Special Teams Player of the Week Awards are tied with MATT STOVER for the most in franchise
2015 AFC PLAYERS OF THE
Revis, N.Y. Jets
P Pat McAfee,
Rivers, San Diego
S T.J. Ward,
QB Josh McCown,
S Mike Adams,
Gostkowski, New England
QB Tom Brady,
Other nominees for AFC Offensive Player of Week 8 as
submitted by AFC clubs:
quarterback DEREK CARR, who
completed 23 of 36 (63.9 percent) for 333 yards with four touchdowns and no
interceptions for a 130.9 passer rating in the Raiders’ 34-20 win against the
New York Jets.
quarterback JOE FLACCO, who
completed 25 of 37 passes (67.6) for 319 yards with no interceptions for a
103.3 passer rating and had two total touchdowns (one passing, one rushing).
City quarterback ALEX SMITH, who
passed for 145 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 108.7
passer rating and rushed for 78 yards and one touchdown in the Chiefs’ 45-10
win against Detroit in London.
wide receiver DEMARYIUS THOMAS, who had
eight catches for 168 yards.
Other nominees for AFC Defensive Player of Week 8 as
submitted by AFC clubs:
England defensive end CHANDLER
JONES, who had four tackles and two sacks.
City linebacker JUSTIN HOUSTON,
who posted three tackles, 1.5 sacks and an interception.
- Houston linebacker
WHITNEY MERCILUS, who had seven
tackles and 3.5 sacks in the Texans’ 20-6 win against Tennessee.
safety REGGIE NELSON, who had
five tackles and two interceptions.
linebacker DARYL SMITH, who had
14 tackles, including two tackles for a loss.
Other nominee for AFC Special Teams Player of Week 8 as
submitted by AFC clubs:
punter KEVIN HUBER, who placed three
of his four punts inside his opponent’s 20-yard line and whose punts resulted
in zero return yards.