Players of the Week/Month
GIANTS QB ELI MANNING, EAGLES DE FLETCHER COX &
BUCCANEERS PR BOBBY RAINEY NAMED NFC PLAYERS OF
Quarterback ELI MANNING of the New York Giants, defensive
end FLETCHER COX of the Philadelphia
Eagles and punt returner BOBBY RAINEY
of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams
Players of the Week for games played the fifth week of the 2015 season (October
8, 11-12), the NFL announced today.
OFFENSE: QB ELI MANNING, NEW YORK GIANTS
- Manning completed 41 of 54 passes (75.9
percent) for 441 yards with three touchdowns – including the game-winner with
21 seconds remaining – in the Giants’ 30-27 come-from-behind win over San
- He set a franchise record with 41
completions and recorded his team-best seventh career 400-yard game.
- The win marked his 102nd career
victory (including the playoffs), passing PHIL SIMMS (101) for the most in franchise history.
- After the 49ers went ahead 27-23
late in the fourth quarter, Manning and the Giants started their final
drive at their own 18-yard line with 1:41 remaining in the game. Manning
led an eight-play, 82-yard drive in 1:24, capped by a 12-yard scoring pass
to tight end LARRY DONNELL.
- It marked Manning’s 32nd game-winning
drive in the fourth quarter (including the postseason).
- In his 12th season from Mississippi,
this is Manning’s third career Player of the Week Award (Week 2, 2006 and
Week 3, 2011).
- Manning’s three Player of the Week
Awards are the second-most by a quarterback in team history (KERRY COLLINS, four).
DEFENSE: DE FLETCHER COX, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
- Cox had three sacks (for minus-25
yards), two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and six tackles in the
Eagles’ 39-17 win over New Orleans.
- He is the first player to record at
least three sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery since 2007 (JYLES TUCKER, 12/30/07). He is the only Eagle to accomplish the feat
since the statistics have been tracked.
- In the third quarter, on the first
play from scrimmage after the Eagles had taken a 17-10 lead, Cox recorded
a sack, forced a fumble and recovered the loose ball at the New Orleans
13-yard line. On the next play, Philadelphia scored a touchdown to take a
- Both of his forced fumbles were
recovered by the Eagles and led to a touchdown and a field goal.
- Five of his six tackles occurred
within one yard of the line of scrimmage or behind.
- In his fourth year from Mississippi
State, this is Cox’s first career Player of the Week Award.
- Cox is the first Eagles defensive
end to be named Player of the Week since 2008 (CHRIS CLEMONS, Week 17).
SPECIAL TEAMS: PR BOBBY RAINEY, TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
averaged 28.3 yards per punt return (three punts, 85 yards) and set up two
touchdowns in the Buccaneers’ 38-31 win over Jacksonville.
first return went for 58 yards – the longest by a Buccaneer since 2009 (MICHEAL SPURLOCK, 77 yards, 12/27/09) –
and set the team up at the Jacksonville 17-yard line. Three plays later, Tampa
Bay scored a TD.
his second return, Rainey gained 25 yards and set Tampa Bay up at the
Jacksonville 40-yard line. The Buccaneers scored a touchdown on the ensuing
85 punt-return yards are the most by a Buccaneer since 2008 (CLIFTON SMITH, 90 yards, 11/23/08).
his fourth season from Western Kentucky, this is Rainey’s second career Player
of the Week Award and first for Special Teams. He previously won for Offense in
Week 11, 2013.
- Rainey (Offense, Special Teams) joins RONDÉ BARBER (Defense, Special Teams)
and SHELTON QUARLES (Defense,
Special Teams) as the only Buccaneers to be honored in two different
2015 NFC PLAYERS OF THE
Donald, St. Louis
Austin, St. Louis
LB Sean Lee,
Rodgers, Green Bay
Brees, New Orleans
Manning, New York Giants
Rainey, Tampa Bay
nominees for NFC Offensive Player of Week 5 as submitted by NFC clubs:
- Philadelphia quarterback SAM BRADFORD, who passed for 333
yards and two touchdowns.
- Chicago quarterback JAY CUTLER, who threw two touchdown passes in the final 3:05
of the game in the Bears’ 18-17 come-from-behind win at Kansas City.
- Atlanta running back DEVONTA FREEMAN, who rushed for
153 yards with one touchdown and had 197 scrimmage yards in the Falcons’
25-19 overtime win over Washington.
- Tampa Bay running back DOUG MARTIN, who had 158 scrimmage
yards (123 rushing, 35 receiving) and three touchdowns (two rushing, one
- Arizona quarterback CARSON PALMER, who threw three
touchdown passes and had a 154.2 passer rating in the Cardinals’ 42-17 win
nominees for NFC Defensive Player of Week 5 as submitted by NFC clubs:
- Atlanta cornerback ROBERT ALFORD, who had two
interceptions, including the game-winning 59-yard touchdown in overtime,
and one tackle.
- Green Bay linebacker CLAY MATTHEWS, who had 1.5 sacks
and five tackles in the Packers’ 24-10 win over St. Louis.
- Tampa Bay defensive tackle GERALD MC COY, who had 1.5 sacks
and three tackles.
- Arizona safety RASHAD JOHNSON, who had two interceptions, a fumble recovery
and five tackles.
- New York Giants defensive end DAMONTRE MOORE, who had two sacks,
a forced fumble and three tackles.
- Green Bay rookie cornerback QUINTEN ROLLINS, who had two
interceptions, including a 45-yard touchdown, and two tackles.
nominees for NFC Special Teams Player of Week 5 as submitted by NFC clubs:
- Tampa Bay kicker CONNOR BARTH, who converted all
three field-goal attempts and all three PATs.
- New York Giants kicker JOSH BROWN, who converted all
three field-goal attempts and all three PATs.
- Chicago linebacker PERNELL MC PHEE, who blocked a
- Philadelphia kicker CALEB STURGIS, who scored 15
points and converted all four field-goal attempts.