NFC Players of the Week - Week 6

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NFC Players of the Week - Week 6

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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.


  • 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 history.
  • 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 seasons.
  • 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 SANDERS (11).
  • Johnson is tied with LARRY FITZGERALD (four) for the most Offensive Player of the Week Awards among active wide receivers.


  • 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 yards.
  • 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.



  • Mauti blocked a punt and returned it four yards for a touchdown in the Saints’ 31-21 win over Atlanta.
  • With 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.
  • It 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 touchdown.
  • For Mauti, it was his first career blocked punt and his first touchdown.
  • Mauti’s 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 franchise history.
  • In his third season from Penn State, this is Mauti’s first career Player of the Week Award.  
  • He is the first Saint to be named Special Teams Player of the Week since 2010 (GARRETT HARTLEY, Week 2).





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

​Other 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 Baltimore.
  • Philadelphia running back DE MARCO MURRAY, who rushed for 109 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles’ 27-7 win over the New York Giants.
  • 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.  

Other 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.

Other 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.



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