NFC Players of the Week - Week 10

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NFC Players of the Week - Week 10

Players of the Week/Month 2015 Regular Week 10 English




Quarterback KIRK COUSINS of the Washington Redskins, cornerback TERENCE NEWMAN of the Minnesota Vikings and rookie kick-returner AMEER ABDULLAH of the Detroit Lions are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the 10th week of the 2015 season (November 12, 15-16), the NFL announced today.


  • Cousins completed 20 of 25 passes (80 percent) for 324 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 158.3 passer rating – the highest attainable mark – in the Redskins’ 47-14 win over New Orleans.
  • He is the first Redskins quarterback to pass for at least 300 yards and post a passer rating of at least 150 in a game since Pro Football Hall of Famer SAMMY BAUGH in 1948 (October 31).
  • Cousins is the first QB in the NFL to record a 158.3 passer rating with an 80+ completion percentage, 300+ passing yards with at least four touchdown passes and no interceptions since TOM BRADY in 2007 (October 21).
  • This is the second game this season (Week 7) in which Cousins has had an 80+ completion percentage, 300+ passing yards with at least three touchdown passes and no interceptions. No other Redskins quarterback has ever done this once in a game.
  • In his fourth season from Michigan State, this is Cousin’s second career Player of the Week Award. He was also honored in Week 7 of this season.
  • Cousins joins BRAD JOHNSON (Weeks 2 and 4, 1999) as the only Redskins quarterbacks to be named Offensive Player of the Week twice in a four-week span within a season. 


  • Newman had two interceptions, five passes defensed and four tackles, including one for a loss, in the Vikings’ 30-14 win at Oakland.
  • At 37 years, 72 days old, Newman is the second-oldest cornerback in NFL history to have two interceptions in a game behind Pro Football Hall of Famer DEION SANDERS (37 years, 76 days old on October 24, 2004).
  • It marked Newman’s sixth career game with multiple interceptions and his first such performance since 2012 (November 4 with Cincinnati).
  • Minnesota scored on both possessions following a Newman interception (10 points).
  • His five passes defensed are a career high and the most by a Vikings player in the past 10 seasons. 
  • In his 13th year from Kansas State, this is Newman’s second career Player of the Week Award and first since his rookie season (Week 15, 2003 with Dallas).
  • Newman is the first Vikings defensive back to be named Defensive Player of the Week since ANTOINE WINFIELD in 2010 (Week 16). 


  • Abdullah had a 104-yard kickoff return to set up a touchdown in the Lions’ 18-16 win at Green Bay.
  • With the score tied at 3, Abdullah returned the opening kickoff of the second half 104 yards to the Green Bay one-yard line to set up a Lions touchdown.
  • It marked the second-longest kickoff return by a Lions rookie (TERRY FAIR, 105 yards, September 28, 1998) and tied for the third-longest kickoff return in franchise history.
  • Abdullah’s 104-yard return is tied for the longest non-scoring play in NFL history (PERCY HARVIN, November 27, 2011).
  • In his rookie season from Nebraska, this is Abdullah’s first career Player of the Week Award.
  • Abdullah and Fair (Week 4, 1998) are the only rookie returners in franchise history to be named Special Teams Player of the Week.





Special Teams

Wk 1

WR Julio Jones, Atlanta

DT Aaron Donald, St. Louis

PR-WR Tavon Austin, St. Louis

Wk 2

WR Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona

LB Sean Lee, Dallas

KR-RB David Johnson, Arizona

Wk 3

QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay

S Tyrann Mathieu, Arizona

PR-RB Darren Sproles, Philadelphia

Wk 4

QB Drew Brees, New Orleans

CB Josh Norman, Carolina

K Robbie Gould, Chicago

Wk 5

QB Eli Manning, New York Giants

DE Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia

PR Bobby Rainey, Tampa Bay

Wk 6

WR Calvin Johnson, Detroit

DT Kawann Short, Carolina

LB Michael Mauti, New Orleans

Wk 7

QB Kirk Cousins, Washington

DE Michael Bennett, Seattle

KR Dwayne Harris, New York Giants

Wk 8

QB Drew Brees, New Orleans

LB Kwon Alexander, Tampa Bay

PR Marcus Sherels, Minnesota

Wk 9

QB Cam Newton, Carolina

DT Linval Joseph, Minnesota

K Josh Brown, New York Giants

Wk 10

QB Kirk Cousins, Washington

CB Terence Newman, Minnesota

KR Ameer Abdullah, Detroit

Other nominees for NFC Offensive Player of Week 10 as submitted by NFC clubs:

  • Chicago quarterback JAY CUTLER, who passed for 258 yards, three touchdowns and a 151 passer rating in the Bears’ 37-13 win at St. Louis.
  • Arizona wide receiver LARRY FITZGERALD, who had 10 catches for 130 yards in the Cardinals’ 39-32 win at Seattle.
  • Carolina quarterback CAM NEWTON, who had both a passing and rushing touchdown in the Panthers’ 27-10 win at Tennessee.
  • Arizona quarterback CARSON PALMER, who passed for 363 yards and three touchdowns.
  • Minnesota running back ADRIAN PETERSON, who rushed for 203 yards and a touchdown.
  • Detroit quarterback MATTHEW STAFFORD, who threw two touchdown passes. 

Other nominees for NFC Defensive Player of Week 10 as submitted by NFC clubs:

  • Tampa Bay linebacker LAVONTE DAVID, who had 12 tackles, a sack and a pass defensed in the Buccaneers’ 10-6 win over Dallas.
  • Washington safety DASHON GOLDSON, who had a 35-yard interception-return touchdown and five tackles.
  • Carolina linebacker LUKE KUECHLY, who had eight tackles and a forced fumble.
  • Detroit cornerback NEVIN LAWSON, who had six tackles and a pass defensed.
  • Arizona safety TYRANN MATHIEU, who had six tackles and an interception.
  • Detroit linebacker TAHIR WHITEHEAD, who had eight tackles, a sack and a pass defensed. 

Other nominees for NFC Special Teams Player of Week 10 as submitted by NFC clubs:

  • Arizona kicker CHANDLER CATANZARO, who converted all three field-goal attempts and four PATs.
  • Washington kicker DUSTIN HOPKINS, who scored 17 points and converted all four field-goal attempts and five PATs.
  • Minnesota kick returner CORDARRELLE PATTERSON, who had a 93-yard kickoff-return touchdown. 

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