NFC Players of the Week - Week 7

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NFC Players of the Week - Week 7

Players of the Week/Month 2015 Regular Week 07 English



Quarterback KIRK COUSINS of the Washington Redskins, defensive end MICHAEL BENNETT of the Seattle Seahawks and kick returner DWAYNE HARRIS of the New York Giants are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the seventh week of the 2015 season (October 22, 25-26), the NFL announced today.


  • Cousins completed 33 of 40 passes (82.5 percent) for 317 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 124.7 passer rating in the Redskins’ 31-30 come-from-behind victory over Tampa Bay. He also rushed for a TD.
  • He threw the game-winning six-yard touchdown pass to tight end JORDAN REED with 0:24 remaining. The Redskins overcame a 24-point deficit (24-0), the largest deficit overcome in a victory in franchise history.
  • Cousins is the first Redskins quarterback to complete more than 80 percent of his passes with at least 300 passing yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in a game.
  • This season, Cousins is the only quarterback in the league to complete more than 80 percent of his passes with at least 300 passing yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in a game. Last year, only TOM BRADY, DREW BREES, PEYTON MANNING and BEN ROETHLISBERGER accomplished the feat.
  • Cousins, who also threw a game-winning touchdown pass to PIERRE GARÇON with 26 seconds remaining against Philadelphia in Week 4 (October 4), is the only active player to throw game-winning touchdown passes in the final 30 seconds of the fourth quarter two times in the same calendar month.
  • In his fourth season from Michigan State, this is Cousin’s first career Player of the Week Award.
  • He is the first Redskins player to be named Offensive Player of the Week since running back ALFRED MORRIS in 2012 (Week 17).


  • Bennett had 3.5 sacks and five tackles in the Seahawks’ 20-3 win at San Francisco.
  • He led a Seattle pass rush that generated six sacks for a loss of 43 yards. Bennett contributed to four of those sacks for a total loss of 20 yards.
  • Bennett was part of a defense that limited the 49ers to 142 total net yards, 81 net passing yards and 61 net rushing yards. The Seahawks allowed only eight first downs and just one of 11 third-down conversions.
  • Bennett is tied for the NFL lead with 6.5 sacks this season.
  • In his seventh year from Texas A&M, this is Bennett’s first career Player of the Week Award.
  • Bennett is the fourth defensive end in franchise history to be named Defensive Player of the Week, joining JACOB GREEN (three times), CHRIS CLEMONS (two) and MICHAEL MC CRARY.


  • Harris returned a kickoff 100 yards for the game-winning touchdown in the Giants’ 27-20 win over Dallas.
  • After the Cowboys tied the game at 20 with 7:14 remaining in the fourth quarter, Harris returned the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for the game-winning score.
  • Harris tied Pro Football Hall of Famer EMLEN TUNNELL (November 4, 1951) and CLARENCE CHILDS (December 6, 1964) for the longest kickoff return (100 yards) in franchise history.
  • Harris, who played four seasons for the Cowboys (2011-14), is the first player in NFL history to score a game-winning kickoff-return touchdown against a team he played for in the previous season.
  • In his fifth season from East Carolina, this is Harris’ fourth career Player of the Week Award. He was previously honored three times with Dallas (Week 10, 2012; Week 1, 2013; Week 6, 2013).
  • He is the first Giants returner to win Special Teams Player of the Week since 2012 (DAVID WILSON, Week 14).






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

Other nominees for NFC Offensive Player of Week 7 as submitted by NFC clubs:

  • Minnesota quarterback TEDDY BRIDGEWATER, who completed 25 of 35 passes (71.4 percent) for 316 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 118.3 passer rating in the Vikings’ 28-19 win at Detroit.
  • Minnesota rookie wide receiver STEFON DIGGS, who had six catches for 108 yards and a touchdown.
  • St. Louis rookie running back TODD GURLEY, who rushed for 128 yards and two touchdowns in the Rams’ 24-6 win over Cleveland.
  • New Orleans running back MARK INGRAM, who rushed for 143 yards and a touchdown in the Saints’ 27-21 win at Indianapolis.
  • Arizona running back CHRIS JOHNSON, who rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown in the Cardinals’ 26-18 win over Baltimore.
  • Carolina running back JONATHAN STEWART, who rushed for 125 yards in the Panthers’ 27-16 win over Philadelphia.

Other nominees for NFC Defensive Player of Week 7 as submitted by NFC clubs:

  • Carolina linebacker THOMAS DAVIS, who had 13 tackles.
  • Washington safety DASHON GOLDSON, who had 14 tackles and a pass defensed.
  • St. Louis defensive end WILLIAM HAYES, who had two sacks, two forced fumbles and three tackles.
  • Arizona safety TONY JEFFERSON, who had a game-sealing interception and five tackles.
  • New Orleans defensive end CAMERON JORDAN, who had two sacks.
  • Minnesota rookie linebacker ERIC KENDRICKS, who had two sacks and six tackles.
  • Arizona safety TYRANN MATHIEU, who had seven tackles, a sack and one pass defensed.
  • New York Giants cornerback DOMINIQUE RODGERS-CROMARTIE, who had two interceptions, including a 58-yard touchdown return.
  • Carolina defensive tackle KAWANN SHORT, who had three sacks, a forced fumble and eight tackles.
  • Minnesota safety HARRISON SMITH, who had nine tackles and a sack.

Other nominees for NFC Special Teams Player of Week 7 as submitted by NFC clubs:

  • Arizona special teamer JUSTIN BETHEL, who had a tackle, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery on a punt return.
  • St. Louis punter JOHNNY HEKKER, who averaged 48.8 yards per punt with a 46.6-yard net average.
  • Washington kicker DUSTIN HOPKINS, who executed a successful onside kick, converted his only field-goal attempt and added four PATs.
  • New Orleans punter THOMAS MORSTEAD, who punted 10 times and averaged 48.7 yards per punt with a 42.9-yard net average.
  • Carolina punter BRAD NORTMAN, who placed three of his four punts inside the 20-yard line.
  • Minnesota kicker BLAIR WALSH, who converted all five field-goal attempts and made one PAT.

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