NFC Players of the Week - Week 5

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NFC Players of the Week - Week 5

Players of the Week/Month 2015 Regular Week 05 English




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.


  • 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 Francisco.
  • 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).


  • 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 23-10 lead.
  • 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).


  • Rainey averaged 28.3 yards per punt return (three punts, 85 yards) and set up two touchdowns in the Buccaneers’ 38-31 win over Jacksonville.
  • His 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.
  • On 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 drive.
  • Rainey’s 85 punt-return yards are the most by a Buccaneer since 2008 (CLIFTON SMITH, 90 yards, 11/23/08).
  • In 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 categories.





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

​Other 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 receiving).
  • Arizona quarterback CARSON PALMER, who threw three touchdown passes and had a 154.2 passer rating in the Cardinals’ 42-17 win at Detroit.

Other 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.

Other 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 field goal. 
  • Philadelphia kicker CALEB STURGIS, who scored 15 points and converted all four field-goal attempts.




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