Players of the Week/Month
REDSKINS QB KIRK COUSINS, SEAHAWKS DE MICHAEL
GIANTS KR DWAYNE HARRIS NAMED NFC PLAYERS OF WEEK 7
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.
OFFENSE: QB KIRK COUSINS, WASHINGTON REDSKINS
- 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
- 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
- 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).
DEFENSE: DE MICHAEL BENNETT, SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
- 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.
SPECIAL TEAMS: KR DWAYNE HARRIS, NEW YORK GIANTS
returned a kickoff 100 yards for the game-winning touchdown in the Giants’
27-20 win over Dallas.
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.
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
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.
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).
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
Harris, New York Giants
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
- 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.
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
- 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
- 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.
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
- 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.