After an eventful Week 15 several players made headlines, and not all for good reasons. So let’s look at some positive performances with RealSport’s alternative Players of the Week awards.
Offensive Player of the Week
AFC: Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers
In what could be the Chargers’ final game in San Diego, Danny Woodhead had a memorable performance against Miami. Woodhead scored all four of San Diego’s touchdowns, with three touchdown catches and another score on the ground. Woodhead finished with eight rushes for 10 yards and six catches for 50.
NFC: Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins
Cousins shredded the Bills in Washington in a dominant Redskins victory that puts them one game ahead of the rest of the NFC East. Cousins completed 22 of his 28 passes for 319 yards and four touchdowns without an interception. Cousins also added another score on the ground and leads all full-time starters in completion percentage, connecting on 69.7% of his passes. Cousins looks more and more like Washington’s quarterback of the future.
Defensive Player of the Week
AFC: Chandler Jones, DE, New England Patriots
Jones was a one-man wrecking ball against the Titans with four combined tackles, two sacks, and a forced fumble. Jones has been one of the most dominant players on what has been a strong defensive front all season, and is still in the race for the league’s sack crown this year.
NFC: Charles Tillman, CB, Carolina Panthers
At least one Panthers cornerback had a positive game against the Giants. In his first game since Week 10, the veteran had five combined tackles with a pass defensed, an interception, and a forced fumble. Tillman’s return comes at the best possible time for Carolina, who lost starter Bene Benwikere for the season last week against Atlanta.
Special Teams Player of the Week
AFC: Cairo Santos, K, Kansas City Chiefs
Santos was a perfect 2/2 on field goals and 4/4 on extra points, a good performance considering he has struggled in recent weeks. Santos also had seven kick-offs, averaging 65.6 yards per kick.
NFC: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB, New York Giants
Cromartie’s blocked field goal in the fourth quarter was the turning point in the game against Carolina, giving the Giants momentum to level the game late.
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