AFC AND NFC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
December 4, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
Wide receiver ERIC DECKER of the Denver Broncos, defensive end OLIVIER VERNON of the Miami Dolphins and punter KEVIN HUBER of the Cincinnati Bengals are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the 13th week of the 2013 season (November 28, December 1-2), the NFL announced today.
OFFENSE: WR ERIC DECKER, DENVER BRONCOS
- Decker had eight receptions for 174 yards (21.8 average) with four touchdown receptions in the Broncos’ 35-28 win at Kansas City.
- Decker is the 11th different player in NFL history with at least 170 receiving yards and four touchdowns in a game. The last player to accomplish the feat was TERRELL OWENS on November 18, 2007.
- Decker’s four TD catches are the most in a single game in club history and tied for the most in an NFL game this season (MARVIN JONES).
- His 174 receiving yards were the third-most in the NFL in Week 13 and the most among players in a winning effort.
- Since 2012, Decker has 20 touchdown receptions, tied for the third-most in the NFL.
- In his fourthseason from Minnesota, this is Decker’s first career Offensive Player of the Week award. He joins PEYTON MANNING (Week 1 and 3) and DEMARYIUS THOMAS (Week 10) as the third Bronco to win Offensive Player of the Week honors this season.
- He joins Thomas and Bengals’ Marvin Jones (Week 8) as the third wide receiver to win AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors in 2013.
DEFENSE: DE OLIVIER VERNON, MIAMI DOLPHINS
- Vernon registered 10 tackles and a career-high 2.5 sacks in the Dolphins’ 23-3 win at the New York Jets.
- Vernon’s 2.5 sacks were an AFC-best in Week 13 and tied for the second-most in the NFL (JUSTIN TUCK, four).
- Played a key role for a Dolphins defense that registered two interceptions, four sacks and limited the Jets to 177 yards of total offense.
- Has a career-best 10 sacks in 2013, including 5.5 sacks in past three games.
- · In his second season from Miami, this is Vernon’s second career Defensive Player of the Week Award. He previously won the award in 2012 (Week 8).
- · He joins CAMERON WAKE (Week 9) as the second Dolphin to win Defensive Player of the Week honors this season.
SPECIAL TEAMS: P KEVIN HUBER, CINCINNATI BENGALS
- · With field position being a key factor in the game, Huber punted four times for 222 yards (55.5 average), including two punts inside the 20 in the Bengals’ 17-10 win at San Diego.
- · His 75-yard punt tied for a team record and is the second-longest punt in the NFL this season (ROBERT MALONE, 84 yards).
- · The Chargers returned one punt for zero yards and had two fair catches.
- His 55.5 average led the NFL in Week 13.
- In his fifth season from Cincinnati, this is Huber’s first career Special Teams Player of the Week Award. Huber is the first Bengals punter to win the award since the accolade was instituted in 1984.
- He joins Browns’ SPENCER LANNING as the second punter to earn AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors this season.
Quarterback RUSSELL WILSON of the Seattle Seahawks, defensive end JUSTIN TUCK of the New York Giants and punter DONNIE JONES of the Philadelphia Eagles are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the 13th week of the 2013 season (November 28, December 1-2), the NFL announced today.
OFFENSE: QB RUSSELL WILSON, SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
- Wilson completed 22 of 30 passes (73.3 percent) for 310 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 139.6 passer rating in the Seahawks’ 34-7 win over New Orleans. With the victory, Seattle clinched a playoff spot.
- He has 22 career wins and tied BEN ROETHLISBERGER for the most victories by a starting quarterback in his first two seasons in the Super Bowl era. Wilson also improved to 14-0 at home in his career (6-0 in 2013).
- His 139.6 passer rating is the second-highest single-game mark in his career. The Seahawks are 15-1 when Wilson has a 100+ passer rating (7-0 in 2013).
- Wilson has 22 touchdown passes this year and is one of four players in NFL history to throw at least 20 touchdown passes in their first two seasons. His 48 touchdowns in his first two seasons are the third-most, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (68) and PEYTON MANNING (52).
- In his second season from Wisconsin, this is Wilson’s second career Player of the Week Award (Week 13, 2012).
- Wilson joins Pro Football Hall of Famer WARREN MOON as the only Seattle quarterbacks to be named Player of the Week two times in their first two seasons with the club.
DEFENSE: DE JUSTIN TUCK, NEW YORK GIANTS
- Tuck had a career-high four sacks and five tackles in the Giants’ 24-17 win at Washington.
- He is the fifth player in franchise history with at least four sacks in a game, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer LAWRENCE TAYLOR (twice) and PEPPER JOHNSON (November 24, 1991), MICHAEL STRAHAN (October 14, 2001) and OSI UMENYIORA (September 30, 2007).
- Tuck has recorded at least three sacks in a game three times. The only Giants with more three-sack games are Taylor (12) and Strahan (seven).
- Tuck registered the third four-sack performance of the season and the first in the NFC. It was also the first four-sack game in December since 2011 (ANTWAN BARNES, December 18) and the first by an NFC player in the month since 2009 (BRIAN ORAKPO, September 13).
- In his ninth year from Notre Dame, this is Tuck’s second career Player of the Week Award (Week 1, 2009).
- The only Giants defensive ends with more Defensive Player of the Week Awards are Strahan (five) and JASON PIERRE-PAUL (three).
SPECIAL TEAMS: P DONNIE JONES, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
- Jones placed seven of his eight punts inside the 20-yard line in the Eagles’ 24-21 win over Arizona. His seven punts inside the 20 are tied for the third-most in a game since the statistic was introduced in 1976. The single-game mark is eight.
- He averaged 44.8 yards per punt, including a long of 69 yards, and had a 44.4-yard net average.
- Of the six players (since 1976) to place at least seven punts inside the 20 in a single game, Jones’ 44.4-yard net average is the highest.
- Jones allowed just two returns for a total of three yards (1.5 yards per return).
- · In his 10th season from Louisiana State, this is Jones’ second career Player of the Week Award and second in the past three weeks (Week 11). He has been named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week in the Eagles’ past two games (Philadelphia had a bye in Week 12).
- · Jones is the fourth punter to be named Special Teams Player of the Week in consecutive team games in a single season, joining TOM TUPA (Weeks 5 and 7, 1994), MITCH BERGER (Weeks 11-12, 1998) and BRYAN BARKER (Weeks 4-5, 1999).