Wednesday December 9th, 2015

New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall and Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton were among the NFL honorees for Players of the Week, the league announced on Wednesday.


Offensive Player of the Week: Brandon Marshall, Jets

Marshall helped the Jets in their 30–22 victory over the rival New York Giants with 12 catches for 131 yards and a touchdown. His lone score of the day came with 27 seconds remaining in the game to force overtime. His 12 catches were tied for the most among all players in Week 13. He now has 1,062 receiving yards on the season and is the first player in league history to surpass 1,000 yards with four teams. 

Defensive Player of the Week: Tyvon Branch, Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs won their sixth-straight game with a 34–20 victory over the Oakland Raiders, capped off by a 38-yard interception-return touchdown by Branch with 3:14 left. The start was the first for Branch this season.

Special Teams: Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers

Brown became the first player in Steelers franchise history to record two offensive touchdowns as well as a punt-return touchdown in the same game. He returned two punts for 74 yards as Pittsburgh downed the Indianapolis Colts 45–10 on Sunday. Brown won the AFC's Offensive Player of the Month honors for November.


Offensive Player of the Week: Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

Newton continues to lead the Panthers on their undefeated run as he passed for 331 yards and five touchdowns in a 41–38 victory on the road against the New Orleans Saints. He threw for five touchdown passes for the second-straight week. His game-winning touchdown to Jerricho Cotchery came with just 1:05 remaining on the clock. This is his third time winning Player of the Week honors this season.

Defensive Player of the Week: Malcolm Jenkins, Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles took a 21–14 lead over the New England Patriots in the third quarter after Jenkins intercepted a pass and returned it for 99 yards for a touchdown. He finished the day with seven tackles as Philadelphia defeated the came away with a 35–28.

Special Teams: Dan Bailey, Dallas Cowboys

Bailey's 54-yard field goal with nine seconds remaining in the game sealed the Cowboys’ 19–16 victory over the Washington Redskins. He finished the day 4 for 4 on field goal attempts.

- Christopher Chavez

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