Running back RAY RICE of the Baltimore Ravens, linebacker D’QWELL JACKSON of the Cleveland Browns and rookie punt returner-wide receiver T.Y. HILTON of the Indianapolis Colts are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the 12th week of the 2012 season (November 22, 25-26), the NFL announced today.
OFFENSE: RB RAY RICE, BALTIMORE RAVENS
- Rice totaled 164 scrimmage yards (97 rushing, 67 receiving) in the Ravens’ 16-13 overtime win at the San Diego Chargers.
- With 1:59 remaining in the fourth quarter and facing a fourth-and-29, Rice took a short pass for a 29-yard gain to extend the Ravens’ drive. Six plays later, the Ravens tied the game (13-13) with a 38-yard field goal by rookie kicker JUSTIN TUCKER as time expired in regulation.
- Rice’s 164 scrimmage yards were the most among AFC running backs in Week 12.
- Through Week 12, Rice leads the AFC with 1,198 scrimmage yards (794 rushing, 404 receiving).
- Helped the Ravens improve to 9-2, the second-best record in the AFC.
- In his fifth season from Rutgers, this is Rice’s fourth Offensive Player of the Week Award. He most recently won the award in 2011 (Week 17).
- He joins JOE FLACCO (Week 1) as the second Raven to win AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors this season.
DEFENSE: LB D’QWELL JACKSON, CLEVELAND BROWNS
- Jackson posted a team-high nine tackles, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one pass defensed in the Browns’ 20-14 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
- Jackson’s play helped limit the Steelers to 242 total yards (193 passing, 49 rushing).
- Part of a defensive effort that forced eight turnovers (five fumble recoveries, three interceptions), the most by an NFL team since the New Orleans Saints registered eight takeaways on October 28, 2001. The Browns scored 17 points off turnovers.
- Helped hold Pittsburgh to an 11 percent (one of nine) conversion rate on third downs.
- Helped the Browns defeat the Steelers for the first time since December 10, 2009.
- In his seventh season from Maryland, this is Jackson’s first career Defensive Player of the Week Award.
- He is the first Brown to win Defensive Player of the Week since DAVID BOWENS in 2010 (Week 7).
SPECIAL TEAMS: PR-WR T.Y. HILTON, INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
- Hilton returned four punts for 111 yards (27.8 average), including a 75-yard punt return-touchdown in the Colts’ 20-13 win over Buffalo. Hilton also registered an eight-yard touchdown reception.
- Hilton became the first player in Colts history with a punt return-touchdown and a touchdown reception in the same game. He is the first NFL rookie to have a PR-TD and touchdown reception in the same game since DEZ BRYANT on October 25, 2010.
- His 75-yard PR-TD was the first by a Colts player since December 16, 2007 (T.J. RUSHING, 90-yard PR-TD).
- In his rookie season from Florida International, this is Hilton’s first career Special Teams Player of the Week Award.
- He is the first Colts returner to win Special Teams Player of the Week since Rushing in 2007 (Week 15). He joins ANDREW LUCK (Offense, Week 9) as the second Colts rookie this year to win AFC Player of the Week honors.
2012 AFC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
|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|
|Wk 7||RB Chris Johnson, Tennessee||DE Lamarr Houston, Oakland||KR-DB Devin McCourty, New England|
|Wk 8||QB Tom Brady, New England||LB Wesley Woodyard, Denver||DE Olivier Vernon, Miami|
|Wk 9||QB Andrew Luck, Indianapolis||CB Ike Taylor, Pittsburgh||KR-WR Trindon Holliday, Denver|
|Wk 10||QB Andy Dalton, Cincinnati||CB Darius Butler, Indianapolis||KR-WR Jacoby Jones, Baltimore|
|Wk 11||QB Matt Schaub, Houston||LB Von Miller, Denver||PR-CB Leodis McKelvin, Buffalo|
|Wk 12||RB Ray Rice, Baltimore||LB D’Qwell Jackson, Cleveland||PR-WR T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis|
Other nominees for AFC Offensive Player of Week 12 as submitted by AFC clubs:
- Miami wide receiver DAVONE BESS, who posted seven receptions for 129 yards (18.4 average) in the Dolphins’ 24-21 win over Seattle.
- New England quarterback TOM BRADY, who completed 18 of 28 passes (64.3 percent) for 323 yards with three touchdowns versus zero interceptions and a 139.4 passer rating in the Patriots’ 49-19 win over the New York Jets.
- Cincinnati quarterback ANDY DALTON, who passed for 210 yards with three touchdowns versus zero interceptions and a 109 passer rating in the Bengals’ 34-10 win over Oakland.
- Cincinnati running back BEN JARVUS GREEN-ELLIS, who had 129 rushing yards on 19 carries (6.8 average) with one touchdown.
- Houston wide receiver ANDRE JOHNSON, who had nine receptions for 188 yards (20.9 average) in the Texans’ 34-31 overtime win at Detroit.
- Jacksonville wide receiver CECIL SHORTS, who registered four receptions for 105 yards (26.3 average) with one touchdown in the Jaguars’ 24-19 win over Tennessee.
- Indianapolis wide receiver REGGIE WAYNE, who had eight receptions for 102 yards (12.8 average).
Other nominees for AFC Defensive Player of Week 12 as submitted by AFC clubs:
- Indianapolis linebacker JERRELL FREEMAN, who posted a team-high 16 tackles and one sack.
- New England safety STEVE GREGORY, who had five tackles, one interception, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries, including a 32-yard FR-TD.
- Jacksonville rookie cornerback MIKE HARRIS, who had five tackles, one sack, one interception and three passed defensed.
- Baltimore safety BERNARD POLLARD, who had a team-high eight tackles.
- Cleveland safety T.J. WARD, who had four tackles, two forced fumbles and one pass defensed.
- Houston defensive end J.J. WATT, who had five tackles, three sacks and two passes defensed.
Other nominees for AFC Special Teams Player of Week 12 as submitted by AFC clubs:
- Miami kicker DAN CARPENTER, who made a 43-yard game-winning field goal.
- Cleveland punter REGGIE HODGES, who punted 10 times for a 38.3 average, including five punts inside of the 20-yard line.
- San Diego punter MIKE SCIFRES, who punted nine times for a 53.2 average, including four punts inside of the 20-yard line in the Chargers’ 16-13 overtime loss against Baltimore.
- Baltimore rookie kicker JUSTIN TUCKER, who made three field goals, including a 38-yard game-winner in overtime.