Players of the Week/Month
LIONS WR CALVIN JOHNSON, PANTHERS DT KAWANN SHORT
SAINTS LB MICHAEL MAUTI NAMED NFC PLAYERS OF WEEK 6
Wide receiver CALVIN JOHNSON of the Detroit Lions, defensive
tackle KAWANN SHORT of the Carolina
Panthers and linebacker MICHAEL MAUTI
of the New Orleans Saints are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams
Players of the Week for games played the sixth week of the 2015 season (October
15, 18-19), the NFL announced today.
OFFENSE: WR CALVIN JOHNSON, DETROIT LIONS
- Johnson had six catches for 166
yards and a touchdown in the Lions’ 37-34 overtime win over Chicago.
- His touchdown gave the Lions a
34-31 lead with 21 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. He then set up
the game-winning field goal in overtime with a 57-yard catch to the
Chicago six-yard line, the longest overtime reception in franchise
- He has 45 career 100-yard games and
passed Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY
RICE (44) for the fourth-most 100-yard games in a player’s first nine
- The performance was Johnson’s 15th
career 150-yard receiving game. He joins Pro Football Hall of Famers Rice (19)
and LANCE ALWORTH (17) as the
only players with at least 15 games with 150+ receiving yards in a
player’s first nine seasons.
- In his ninth season from Georgia
Tech, this is Johnson’s fourth career Player of the Week Award and first
since Week 8, 2013.
- Johnson’s four Offensive Player of
the Week Awards are the second-most in franchise history behind Pro
Football Hall of Famer BARRY
- Johnson is tied with LARRY FITZGERALD (four) for the
most Offensive Player of the Week Awards among active wide receivers.
DEFENSE: DT KAWANN SHORT, CAROLINA PANTHERS
- Short had two sacks, five tackles
and a pass defensed in the Panthers’ 27-23 win at Seattle.
- He set a career-high with two
sacks. In the first 36 games of his career, he had a total of five sacks.
- Both of Short’s sacks came on third
down and forced Seattle to punt.
- Short was part of a defensive
effort that recorded four sacks and limited the Seahawks to 334 total net
- He joins St. Louis’ AARON DONALD and Cincinnati’s DOMATA PEKO as the only defensive
tackles with two sacks in a game this season.
- Four of his five tackles occurred
within three yards of the line of scrimmage or behind.
- In his third year from Purdue, this
is Short’s first career Player of the Week Award.
- Short is the first defensive tackle
in franchise history to be named Player of the Week.
SPECIAL TEAMS: LB MICHAEL MAUTI, NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
blocked a punt and returned it four yards for a touchdown in the Saints’ 31-21
win over Atlanta.
the Saints leading 7-0 in the first quarter, Mauti blocked Atlanta’s punt,
recovered the loose ball and ran it four yards into the end zone to extend New
Orleans’ lead to 14-0.
marked the first block punt for a touchdown scored by the Saints since
September 9, 2012 when MARTEZ WILSON blocked the punt and COURTNEY ROBY returned it for a
Mauti, it was his first career blocked punt and his first touchdown.
father, RICH MAUTI, scored two
touchdowns for the Saints as a wide receiver in 1978. Rich and Michael Mauti
are the first father-son duo to each score a touchdown for the Saints in
his third season from Penn State, this is Mauti’s first career Player of the
- He is the first Saint to be named Special Teams
Player of the Week since 2010 (GARRETT
HARTLEY, Week 2).
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
Mauti, New Orleans
nominees for NFC Offensive Player of Week 6 as submitted by NFC clubs:
- New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES, who completed 30 of 39
passes (76.9 percent) for 312 yards with one touchdown and no
interceptions for a 108.1 passer rating.
- Minnesota rookie wide receiver STEFON DIGGS, who had seven
catches for 129 yards in the Vikings’ 16-10 win over Kansas City.
- San Francisco quarterback COLIN KAEPERNICK, who completed 16
of 27 passes (59.3 percent) for 340 yards with two touchdowns and no
interceptions for a 128.2 passer rating in the 49ers’ 25-20 win over
- Philadelphia running back DE MARCO MURRAY, who rushed for
109 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles’ 27-7 win over the New York
- Carolina quarterback CAM NEWTON, who threw the
game-winning touchdown pass and rushed for a touchdown.
- Carolina tight end GREG OLSEN, who had seven catches
for 131 yards and a touchdown.
- Detroit quarterback MATTHEW STAFFORD, who completed 27
of 42 passes (64.3 percent) for 405 yards with four touchdowns and one
interception for a 117.7 passer rating.
- Green Bay running back JAMES STARKS, who rushed for 112
yards and scored two touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving) in the
Packers’ 27-20 win over San Diego.
- New Orleans tight end BENJAMIN WATSON, who had 10
catches for 127 yards and a touchdown.
nominees for NFC Defensive Player of Week 6 as submitted by NFC clubs:
- Washington cornerback BASHAUD BREELAND, who had an
interception, two fumble recoveries, a forced fumble, two passes defensed
and four tackles in the Redskins’ loss at the New York Jets.
- Philadelphia cornerback NOLAN CARROLL, who had an
interception-return touchdown, six tackles and two passes defensed.
- New Orleans defensive end CAMERON JORDAN, who had three
sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and six tackles.
- Carolina linebacker LUKE KUECHLY, who had 14 tackles.
nominees for NFC Special Teams Player of Week 6 as submitted by NFC clubs:
- San Francisco kicker PHIL DAWSON, who converted all
four field-goal attempts and one PAT.
- Detroit punter SAM MARTIN, who averaged 55.3 yards per punt with a net
average of 48.5 yards.
- Minnesota kicker BLAIR WALSH, who converted all
three field-goal attempts and one PAT.