TheSTN – NFL: AFC Players of the Week Announced

Quarterback PEYTON MANNING of the Denver Broncos, safety JAIRUS BYRD of the Buffalo Bills and kick returner-wide receiver JACOBY JONES of the Baltimore Ravens are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the sixth week of the 2012 season (October 11, 14-15), the NFL announced today.







  • On Monday Night Football, Manning completed 24 of 30 passes (80 percent) for 309 yards with three touchdowns versus one interception and a 129 passer rating in the Broncos’ 35-24 win at San Diego. 
  • Helped the Broncos overcome a 24-0 deficit and become the first team in NFL history to win by double digits after trailing by at least 24.
  • Registered his 47th career game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime to tie Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO for the most by a player since 1970.
  • Led all AFC quarterbacks with 129 passer rating and had an NFL-best 80 percent completion percentage in Week 6.
  • Posted his 67th career 300-yard passing game, the most in NFL history.
  • Through Week 6, Manning leads the AFC with 14 touchdown passes.
  • In his 15th season from Tennessee, Manning has 22 career Player of the Week Awards, the most since the award originated in 1984. He most recently won the award in 2010 (Week 14) with the Indianapolis Colts.


  • Byrd registered four tackles, two interceptions and two passes defensed in the Bills’ 19-16 overtime win at Arizona.
  • With 6:02 remaining in the fourth quarter, Byrd registered his first interception of the game at the Bills’ 34-yard line.
  • In overtime, Byrd posted his second interception of the game and returned it 29 yards to the Arizona six-yard line, resulting in a game-winning field goal by Bills kicker RIAN LINDELL.
  • Byrd played a pivotal role for a Bills defense that limited the Cardinals to 150 total net passing yards.
  • Through Week 6, Byrd is tied for AFC lead with three interceptions.
  • Since entering the NFL in 2009, Byrd is tied for third in the league with 16 interceptions.
  • In his fourth season from Oregon, this is Byrd’s first career Defensive Player of the Week Award.


  • Jones returned three kickoffs for 159 yards (53 average), including a 108-yard kickoff-return touchdown in the Ravens’ 31-29 win over Dallas.
  • Jones’ return tied for the longest kick-return touchdown in NFL history with ELLIS HOBBS (September 9, 2007) and RANDALL COBB (September 8, 2011).
  • His kickoff-return touchdown came at the 11:24 mark in the third quarter as the Ravens took at 24-13 lead.
  • Posted his second career kickoff-return touchdown (95-yard KR-TD on October 4, 2009).
  • Helped Baltimore record its 14th consecutive win at home, longest-current home win streak in the NFL.
  • Since entering the NFL in 2007, Jones is tied for fifth in the NFL with five kick return-touchdowns (three PR-TDs, two KR-TDs).
  • In his sixth season from Lane, this is Jones’ fourth career Special Teams Player of the Week Award. He most recently won the award in 2009 (Week 4) with the Houston Texans.


  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
Wk 4 QB Tom Brady, New England LB Donald Butler, San Diego K Matt Prater, Denver
Wk 5 WR Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis DT Randy Starks, Miami K Shaun Suisham, Pittsburgh
Wk 6 QB Peyton Manning, Denver S Jairus Byrd, Buffalo KR-WR Jacoby Jones, Baltimore

Other nominees for AFC Offensive Player of Week 6 as submitted by AFC clubs:

  • Baltimore quarterback JOE FLACCO, who completed 17 of 26 passes (65.4 percent) for 234 yards with one touchdown versus zero interceptions and a 106.9 passer rating.
  • Cincinnati wide receiver A.J. GREEN, who had seven receptions for 135 yards (19.3 average) with two touchdowns in the Bengals’ 34-24 loss at Cleveland.
  • New York Jets running back SHONN GREENE, who rushed for 161 yards on 32 carries (5 average) in the Jets’ 35-9 win over Indianapolis.
  • Cleveland rookie wide receiver JOSH GORDON, who had three receptions for 99 yards (33 average) with one touchdown in the Browns’ 34-24 win over Cincinnati.
  • Miami rookie quarterback RYAN TANNEHILL, who completed 21 of 29 passes (72.4 percent) for 185 yards with two touchdowns versus zero interceptions and a 112 passer rating in the Dolphins’ 17-14 win over St. Louis.

Other nominees for AFC Defensive Player of Week 6 as submitted by AFC clubs:

  • Cleveland cornerback SHELDON BROWN, who had two tackles, three passes defensed and a 19-yard interception-return touchdown.
  • Denver cornerback TONY CARTER, who returned a fumble 65 yards for a touchdown and recorded his first career interception.
  • New York Jets rookie defensive end QUINTON COPLES, who had four tackles and 1.5 sacks.
  • New York Jets cornerback ANTONIO CROMARTIE, who posted four tackles, one interception and two passes defensed.
  • Baltimore linebacker RAY LEWIS, who tied a season-high with 14 tackles.
  • Miami rookie defensive end OLIVIER VERNON, who had four tackles and two sacks.
  • New York Jets defensive end MUHAMMAD WILKERSON, who had seven tackles, one sack and a forced fumble.

Other nominees for AFC Special Teams Player of Week 6 as submitted by AFC clubs:

  • Tennessee kicker ROB BIRONAS, who made four field goals, including a 40-yard game-winning field goal as time expired in a 26-23 win over Pittsburgh.
  • Cleveland kick returner JOSHUA CRIBBS, who had two punt returns for 60 yards (30.0 average) and two kickoff returns for 63 yards (31.5 average).
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