TheSTN – NFL: AFC Players OF The Week Announced

JAMAAL CHARLES of the Kansas City Chiefs, defensive end MICHAEL JOHNSON of the Cincinnati Bengals and kick returner-running back DARIUS REYNAUD of the Tennessee Titans are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the third week of the 2012 season (September 20, 23-24).






  • Charles rushed for 233 yards on 33 carries (7.1 average), including a 91-yard touchdown run in the Chiefs’ 27-24 overtime win over the New Orleans Saints.
  • Charles also registered six receptions for 55 yards and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer JIM BROWN (November 19, 1961) as the only players in NFL history to record at least 225 rushing yards and 50 receiving yards in the same game.
  • Charles’ 233 rushing yards and 288 scrimmage yards are the most in a game in the NFL this season.
  • In the third quarter, Charles registered a career-long 91-yard touchdown run, the longest rushing TD in the NFL in 2012.
  • Totaled 196 of his 233 rushing yards for the game in the second half/overtime.
  • Through Week 3, Charles has an NFL-best 323 rushing yards.
  • Has helped the Chiefs average a league-high 441.7 total yards per game in 2012.
  • In his fifth year from Texas, this is Charles’ second career Offensive Player of the Week Award. He previously won the award in 2009 (Week 11).


  • Johnson recorded seven tackles and a career-high three sacks for a loss of 17 yards in the Bengals’ 38-31 win at Washington.
  • Johnson played a significant role in a defense that limited the Redskins to 168 passing yards.
  • Helped a Cincinnati defense hold Washington to a 25 percent (3-12) conversion rate on third-downs.
  • Through Week 3, Johnson anchors a Bengals defense that ranks first in the AFC with 11 sacks. He is tied for second in the AFC with four sacks.
  • In his fourth season from Georgia Tech, this is Johnson’s first career Defensive Player of the Week Award.
  • Johnson is the first Cincinnati defensive lineman to win Defensive Player of the Week since ANTWAN ODOM in 2009 (Week 2).


  • Reynaud returned four kickoffs for 174 yards (43.5 average), including an 105-yard kickoff return-touchdown in the Titans’ 44-41 overtime win over the Detroit Lions.
  • In the first quarter, Reynaud fielded Lions’ BEN GRAHAM’s punt and lateraled across the field to TOMMIE CAMPBELL, who raced 65 yards for the game’s first touchdown and a 10-6 Titans lead.
  • In the fourth quarter, Reynaud scored his first career touchdown on a 105-yard kickoff return. It was the longest play in franchise history.
  • In his fourth season from West Virginia, this is Reynaud’s first career Special Teams Player of the Week Award.


  Offense Defense Special Teams
Wk 1 QB Joe Flacco, Baltimore CB Tracy Porter, Denver PR-WR Jeremy Kerley, New York Jets
Wk 2 RB Reggie Bush, Miami DE J.J. Watt, Houston PR-CB Adam Jones, Cincinnati
Wk 3 RB Jamaal Charles, Kansas City DE Michael Johnson, Cincinnati KR-RB Darius Reynaud, Tennessee


Other nominees for AFC Offensive Player of Week 3 as submitted by AFC clubs:

  • Cincinnati quarterback ANDY DALTON, who completed 19 of 27 passes (70.4 percent) for 328 yards with three touchdowns versus one interception and a 132.9 passer rating.
  • Buffalo quarterback RYAN FITZPATRICK, who completed 22 of 35 passes (62.9 percent) for 208 yards with three touchdowns versus zero interceptions and a 107.8 passer rating in the Bills’ 24-14 win at Cleveland.
  • New York Jets wide receiver SANTONIO HOLMES, who had nine catches for 147 yards (16.3 average) in the Jets’ 23-20 overtime win at Miami.
  • Jacksonville running back MAURICE JONES-DREW, who totaled 177 yards on 28 carries (6.3 average) with one touchdown in the Jaguars’ 22-17 win at Indianapolis.
  • Tennessee quarterback JAKE LOCKER, who completed 29 of 42 passes (69 percent) for 378 yards with two touchdowns versus zero interceptions and a 113 passer rating.
  • Oakland running back DARREN MC FADDEN, who rushed for 113 yards on 18 carries (6.3 average), including a 64-yard touchdown run in the Raiders’ 34-31 win over Pittsburgh.
  • Houston quarterback MATT SCHUAB, who completed 17 of 30 passes (56.7 percent) for 290 yards with four touchdowns versus one interception and a 115.3 passer rating in the Texans’ 31-25 win at Denver.
  • Baltimore wide receiver TORREY SMITH, who had six receptions for 127 yards (21.2 average) with two touchdowns in the Ravens’ 31-30 win over New England.

Other nominees for AFC Defensive Player of Week 3 as submitted by AFC clubs:

  • Kansas City linebacker JUSTIN HOUSTON, who had four tackles, three sacks and two passes defensed.
  • New York Jets safety LA RON LANDRY, who had two tackles and an 18-yard interception-touchdown return.
  • Baltimore linebacker RAY LEWIS, who tied for a team-high with 10 tackles.
  • Houston defensive end J.J. WATT, who had seven tackles and 2.5 sacks.
  • Oakland linebacker PHILIP WHEELER, who had 11 tackles, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and two passes defensed.
  • Buffalo defensive end MARIO WILLIAMS, who posted four tackles and 1.5 sacks.

Other nominees for AFC Special Teams Player of Week 3 as submitted by AFC clubs:

  • New York Jets kicker NICK FOLK, who connected on all three field goals, including a 33-yard game-winning field goal in overtime.
  • Oakland kicker SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI, who connected on two field goals, including a 43-yard game-winning field goal.
  • Kansas City kicker RYAN SUCCOP, who connected on a franchise-record six field goals (25, 45, 34, 38, 43, 31), including a 31-yard game-winning field goal in overtime.
  • Baltimore rookie kicker JUSTIN TUCKER, who connected on a 27-yard game-winning field goal.
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