AFC AND NFC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
December 12, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
Quarterback ANDY DALTON of the Cincinnati Bengals, linebacker TAMBA HALI of the Kansas City Chiefs and kicker MATT PRATER of the Denver Broncos are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the 14th week of the 2013 season (December 5, 8-9), the NFL announced today.
OFFENSE: QB ANDY DALTON, CINCINNATI BENGALS
- Dalton completed 24 of 35 passes (68.6 percent) for 275 yards with three touchdowns versus zero interceptions and a 120.5 passer rating in the Bengals’ 42-28 win over Indianapolis. Dalton also added an eight-yard rushing touchdown.
- · Dalton’s 120.5 passer rating was the third best in the AFC in Week 14.
- · Registered his 15th career regular-season game with 100+ passer rating. The Bengals are 14-1 (.933) in such games.
- · His three touchdown passes tied for the third-most in the AFC in Week 14.
- · The win helped the Bengals improve to 6-0 at home in 2013.
- In his thirdseason from Texas Christian, this is Dalton’s third career Offensive Player of the Week award. He most recently won the award in Week 6.
- He joins PEYTON MANNING (Week 1 & 3) and PHILIP RIVERS (Week 2 & 4) as the only players to win AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors twice in 2013.
DEFENSE: LB TAMBA HALI, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
- Hali posted a team-best six tackles, two sacks and three tackles for loss in the Chiefs’ 45-10 win at Washington.
- Hali’s two sacks tied for an AFC-best in Week 14 and tied for the third-most in the NFL.
- Played a key role for a Chiefs defense that registered one interception, six sacks and limited the Redskins to 257 yards of total offense.
- Through Week 14, Hali is tied for fourth in the AFC with 11 sacks.
- Has reached double-digits sacks for the third time in his career.
- · In his eighth season from Penn State, this is Hali’s third career Defensive Player of the Week Award. He most recently won the award in Week 6.
- · This is the fourth time a Chiefs player has won Defensive Player of the Week honors this season (Hali, Week, 6 & 14; JUSTIN HOUSTON, Week 1 & 3).
SPECIAL TEAMS: K MATT PRATER, DENVER BRONCOS
- Prater converted all three field-goal attempts in the Broncos’ 51-28 win over Tennessee.
- On the final play of the first half, Prater converted a 64-yard field goal, the longest in NFL history.
- His three field goals of 25, 64, and 19 yards tied for the most in the AFC in Week 14.
- His 15 points led the NFL last week and tied his single-game career-best.
- Prater has made 18 of 19 field goals (94.7 percent) this season, the third-highest percentage in the NFL.
- Helped the Broncos become the fifth team ever to score 50+ points in three different games in the same season.
- In his seventh season from Central Florida, this is Prater’s fifth career Special Teams Player of the Week Award. He most recently won the award in 2012 (Week 4).
- He joins TRINDON HOLLIDAY (Week 2) as the second Bronco to earn AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors this season.
Quarterback JOSH MC COWN of the Chicago Bears, linebacker JOHN ABRAHAM of the Arizona Cardinals and kicker PHIL DAWSON of the San Francisco 49ers are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the 14th week of the 2013 season (December 5, 8-9), the NFL announced today.
OFFENSE: QB JOSH MC COWN, CHICAGO BEARS
- McCown completed 27 of 36 passes (75 percent) for 348 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 141.9 passer rating in the Bears’ 45-28 win over Dallas. He also rushed for 16 yards and a touchdown.
- He is the first Bears quarterback to pass for four touchdowns and rush for a TD in a game since JACK CONCANNON in 1970 (December 13).
- McCown is the first Chicago quarterback with five total touchdowns and no interceptions since LARRY RAKESTRAW in 1967 (November 12).
- This season, McCown and PEYTON MANNING (October 6) are the only players to pass for at least four touchdowns and rush for a TD in the same game. No player accomplished the feat in 2012.
- The Bears gained 490 yards of total offense against the Cowboys and scored on all eight of the team’s drives (not including the final kneeldown to end the game).
- McCown currently ranks second in the NFC – and third in the NFL – with a 109.8 passer rating. He has completed 147 of 220 passes (66.8 percent) for 1,809 yards with 13 touchdowns and one interception.
- In his 11th season from Sam Houston State, this is McCown’s first career Player of the Week Award.
- McCown is the seventh quarterback in franchise history to be named Player of the Week and the first since JAY CUTLER (Week 12, 2010).
DEFENSE: LB JOHN ABRAHAM, ARIZONA CARDINALS
- Abraham had three sacks, a safety, one forced fumble and six tackles in the Cardinals’ 30-10 win over St. Louis.
- In his career, Abraham has 133 sacks and passed Pro Football Hall of Famer LAWRENCE TAYLOR (132.5) and LESLIE O’NEAL (132.5) to move into ninth place on the NFL’s all-time sacks list.
- The performance was Abraham’s 10th career game – and second this season – with at least three sacks. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers Taylor (12) and REGGIE WHITE (12) have more.
- Abraham joined CURTIS GREER (1983) as the only Cardinals to register multiple three-sack games in a season.
- Abraham, who has 11 sacks this season, is one of only nine Cardinals to record at least 10 sacks in a season.
- Abraham leads all active players with 133 sacks and 48 forced fumbles.
- In his 14th year from South Carolina, this is Abraham’s fifth career Player of the Week Award and first with the Cardinals. He previously won twice with the New York Jets (Week 8, 2001 and Week 5, 2004) and Atlanta (Week 1, 2006 and Week 15, 2011).
- He is the seventh player to be named Defensive Player of the Week with three different teams. He joins a list that includes Pro Football Hall of Famers CHRIS DOLEMAN, DEION SANDERS and ROD WOODSON.
SPECIAL TEAMS: K PHIL DAWSON, SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
- Dawson converted all four field-goal attempts (23, 48, 52 and 22 yards) and one PAT in the 49ers’ 19-17 win over Seattle. He scored 13 of the team’s 19 points, including the game-winning field goal with 0:26 remaining.
- His 13 points were tied for the most scored by any NFC player in Week 14.
- Dating back to Week 5 (October 6), Dawson has converted 20 consecutive field-goal attempts, the longest streak in franchise history.
- · In his 15th season from Texas, this is Dawson’s third career Player of the Week Award and first with the 49ers. He previously won twice with Cleveland (Week 3, 2001 and Week 15, 2005).
- · Dawson is the sixth kicker in franchise history to be named Player of the Week and the first since DAVID AKERS, who won twice in 2011 (Weeks 16 and 17).