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AFC Players of the Week – Week 17

BENGALS WR JA’MARR CHASE, STEELERS LB T.J. WATT &

RAIDERS K DANIEL CARLSON NAMED AFC PLAYERS OF WEEK 17

Wide receiver JA’MARR CHASE of the Cincinnati Bengals, linebacker T.J. WATT of the Pittsburgh Steelers 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 17 (January 2-3).

OFFENSE: WR JA’MARR CHASE, CINCINNATI BENGALS

  • Chase had 11 receptions for an NFL rookie-record 266 yards and three touchdowns in Cincinnati’s 34-31 win over Kansas City. In addition to setting a rookie record, Chase’s 266 receiving yards are the most by any player this season. He is the first rookie ever and the fifth player in the Super Bowl era to record multiple games with at least 200 receiving yards in a single season. 
  • Chase has 1,429 receiving yards this season, the most by a rookie in NFL history. 
  • This is Chase’s second career Offensive Player of the Week award (Week 7) and he is the first Bengals wide receiver to ever win the award twice in one season. He joins Pro Football Hall of Famer Randy Moss (1998) as the only rookie wide receivers to earn the honor twice.  
  • With quarterback Joe Burrow winning in Week 16, Chase and Burrow are the first pair of teammates to win Offensive Player of the Week in consecutive weeks since Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen (Week 15, 2020) and wide receiver Stefon Diggs (Week 16, 2020)

DEFENSE: LB T.J. WATT, PITTSBURGH STEELERS

  • Watt recorded five tackles, a career-high four sacks, three tackles for loss and two passes defended in Pittsburgh’s 26-14 win over Cleveland. Watt has three games with at least three sacks this season, the most in the league. 
  • This is the sixth Defensive Player of the Week award for Watt and third this season:
    • 2018: Weeks 1, 5
    • 2020: Week 2
    • 2021: Weeks 6, 13, 17
  • Watt’s three Defensive Player of the Week awards are the most in NFL this season. He becomes the first Steeler to ever win three Player of the Week awards in one season. 

SPECIAL TEAMS: K DANIEL CARLSON, LAS VEGAS RAIDERS 

  • Carlson converted all three field goal attempts – from 47, 44 and 33 yards – as well as making both point after attempts. His 33-yard kick was a game-winner with no time remaining, securing a 23-20 win.
  • This is the fifth Special Teams Player of the Week award for Carlson and third this season:
    • 2018: Week 11
    • 2020: Week 1
    • 2021: Week 2, 12, 17
  • Carlson’s five Player of the Week awards are the second-most by a Raiders kicker, trailing only Sebastian Janikowski (seven). He joins Janikowski (2011) as the only Raider kickers to earn the honor three times 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 17QB 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, CincinnatiDE/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, PittsburghP 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 Vegas
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