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AFC Players of the Week 18

TITANS QB RYAN TANNEHILL, RAIDERS DE MAXX CROSBY &

RAIDERS K DANIEL CARLSON NAMED AFC PLAYERS OF WEEK 18

Quarterback RYAN TANNEHILL of the Tennessee Titans, defensive end MAXX CROSBY of the Las Vegas Raiders and kicker DANIEL CARLSON of the Las Vegas Raiders are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played in Week 18 (January 8-9).

OFFENSE: QB RYAN TANNEHILL, TENNESSEE TITANS

  • Tannehill completed 23 of 32 pass attempts (71.9 percent) for 287 yards and tied a career-high with four touchdowns passes with no interceptions for a 138.9 rating in Tennessee’s 28-25 win over Houston to secure the top seed in the AFC playoffs. He led the AFC in both passing touchdowns and rating in Week 18. 
  • This is Tannehill’s third career Offensive Player of the Week award and second with the Titans:
    • 2015: Week 7 (with Miami)
    • 2019: Week 14 (with Tennessee)
    • 2021: Week 18 (with Tennessee) 
  • He joins Marcus Mariota (four-time winner), Steve McNair (four) and Vince Young (two) as Tennessee quarterbacks to earn the honor multiple times. 
  • Tannehill becomes the first former Texas A&M Aggie to win three Offensive Player of the Week award.

DEFENSE: DE MAXX CROSBY, LAS VEGAS RAIDERS

  • Crosby recorded six tackles, three tackles for loss, three passes defensed and two sacks in Las Vegas’ 35-32 overtime win over the Los Angeles Chargers to secure a playoff berth. Crosby has three games with at least two sacks this season, tied for second-most in the AFC this season. 
  • This is the third Defensive Player of the Week award for Crosby (second this season) and fourth overall Player of the Week award:
    • 2019: Week 11
    • 2020: Week 17 (Special Teams)
    • 2021: Weeks 1, 18
  • Crosby’s three defensive Player of the Week awards are tied with linebacker Khalil Mack, cornerback Terry McDaniel and linebacker William Thomas for the most-ever by a Raiders player. He is the first Raider to earn the honor multiple times in a season since Mack (2016). 

SPECIAL TEAMS: K DANIEL CARLSON, LAS VEGAS RAIDERS 

  • Carlson converted all five field goal attempts – from 24, 31, 40, 47 and 52 yards – as well as making both point after attempts. His 47-yard kick was a game-winner in overtime, earning a 35-32 win over the Los Angeles Chargers to clinch a playoff berth.
  • He is the only player in the league this season with two games of five made field goals.
  • This is the sixth Special Teams Player of the Week award for Carlson and fourth this season:
    • 2018: Week 11
    • 2020: Week 1
    • 2021: Weeks 2, 12, 17, 18
  • Carlson’s six Player of the Week awards are the second-most by a Raiders kicker, trailing only Sebastian Janikowski (seven). 
  • Carlson is the first kicker ever to win four Player of the Week awards in one season.

2021 AFC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

OffenseDefenseSpecial Teams
Wk 1QB Patrick Mahomes, Kansas CityDE Maxx Crosby, Las VegasK Evan McPherson, Cincinnati
Wk 2RB Derrick Henry, TennesseeLB Odafe Oweh, BaltimoreK Daniel Carlson, Las Vegas
Wk 3QB Josh Allen, BuffaloDE Myles Garrett, ClevelandK Justin Tucker, Baltimore
Wk 4QB Joe Burrow, CincinnatiLB Tremaine Edmunds, BuffaloP Rigoberto Sanchez, Indianapolis
Wk 5QB Lamar Jackson, BaltimoreDE Greg Rousseau, BuffaloK Nick Folk, New England
Wk 6RB Derrick Henry, TennesseeLB T.J. Watt, PittsburghK Matthew Wright, Jacksonville
Wk 7WR Ja’Marr Chase, CincinnatiDE Yannick Ngakoue, Las VegasP Rigoberto Sanchez, Indianapolis
Wk 8QB Mike White, N.Y. JetsDB Adrian Phillips, New EnglandK Randy Bullock, Tennessee
Wk 9Wk 10Wk 11Wk 12Wk 13Wk 14Wk 15Wk 16Wk 17Wk 18QB Justin Herbert, L.A. ChargersQB Patrick Mahomes, Kansas CityRB Jonathan Taylor, IndianapolisRB Joe Mixon, CincinnatiQB Justin Herbert, L.A. ChargersQB Justin Herbert, L.A. ChargersTE Travis Kelce, Kansas CityQB Joe Burrow, CincinnatiWR Ja’Marr Chase, CincinnatiQB Ryan Tannehill, TennesseeDE/LB Josh Allen, JacksonvilleCB Xavien Howard, MiamiDT Chris Jones, Kansas CityCB Pat Surtain II, DenverLB T.J. Watt, PittsburghCB Mike Hughes, Kansas CityLB Darius Leonard, IndianapolisDB Tavierre Thomas, HoustonLB T.J. Watt, PittsburghDE Maxx Crosby, Las VegasP Tommy Townsend, Kansas CityLB E.J. Speed, IndianapolisK Evan McPherson, CincinnatiK Daniel Carlson, Las VegasP Michael Palardy, MiamiK Brandon McManus, DenverDB Tremon Smith, HoustonWR Braxton Berrios, N.Y. JetsK Daniel Carlson, Las VegasK Daniel Carlson, Las Vegas
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