Patriots running back Le Garrette Blount, Jets cornerback Dee Milliner and Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the 17th week of the 2013 season
Offense: RB Le Garrette Blount, New England Patriots
Blount rushed for 189 yards on 24 carries (7.9 average) with two rushing touchdowns in the Patriots’ 34-20 win over Buffalo. Blount also returned two kickoffs for 145 yards (72.5 average).
Blount’s 189 rushing yards are the fourth-most by an NFL player in a game this season.
He joined LE SEAN MC COY as the only players in the NFL to register at least 180 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in a game this season.
His 189 rushing yards are the most by a Patriots player in a game since December 13, 1998 (ROBERT EDWARDS, 196).
Blount’s 334 total yards are the most in a game by a Patriot in franchise history.
His 83-yard kickoff return in the third quarter was a career-long.
In his fourth season from Oregon, this is Blount’s first career Offensive Player of the Week Award.
Blount is the first Patriots running back to be named Offensive Player of the Week since CURTIS MARTIN in 1997 (Week 3).
Defense: CB Dee Milliner, New York Jets
Milliner recorded four tackles, two interceptions and five passes defensed in the Jets’ 20-7 win at Miami.
Milliner’s two interceptions tied for the most in the NFL in Week 17.
Played a key role for a Jets defense that registered three interceptions, seven passes defensed and limited the Dolphins to 296 yards of total offense.
With 1:30 remaining in the fourth quarter, Milliner registered his second interception of the game to seal a Jets victory.
Milliner registered three interceptions in December, tied for the most in the AFC for the month.
In his rookie season from Alabama, this is Milliner’s first career Defensive Player of the Week Award.
Milliner is the second Jets rookie to win Defensive Player of the Week honors since the accolade was instituted in 1984 (RUSSELL CARTER in 1984, Week 15).
Special Teams: K Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts
Vinatieri converted all three field-goals (23, 26, 39) in the Colts’ 30-10 win over Jacksonville.
On the final play of the first half, Vinatieri converted a 26-yard field goal and became the seventh player in NFL history to reach 2,000 career points.
He surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer GEORGE BLANDA (2,002) and MATT STOVER (2,004) for the fifth-most points scored in NFL history.
Vinatieri converted a career-high 35 field goals this season, the third-most in the NFL (STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI, 38; JUSTIN TUCKER, 38).
Totaled 139 points in 2013, the second-highest single-season point total of his career (141 in 2004).
Improved his streak of consecutive games scoring at least one point to 161.
In his 18th season from South Dakota State, this is Vinatieri’s 15th career Special Teams Player of the Week Award, the most since the award originated in 1984. He most recently won the award in Week 11.
2013 AFC Players Of The Week
|Wk 1||QB Peyton Manning, Denver||LB Justin Houston, Chiefs||K Nick Folk, Jets|
|Wk 2||QB Philip Rivers, Chargers||DE Mario Williams, Bills||PR-WR Trindon Holliday, Denver|
|Wk 3||QB Peyton Manning, Denver||LB Justin Houston, Chiefs||P Spencer Lanning, Browns|
|Wk 4||QB Philip Rivers, Chargers||CB Alterraun Verner, Titans||PR Dexter McCluster|
|Wk 5||QB Geno Smith, Jets||S Charles Woodson, Oakland||PR Travis Benjamin, Browns|
|Wk 6||QB Andy Dalton, Bengals||LB Tamba Hali, Chiefs||K Nick Novak, Chargers|
|Wk 7||QB Andrew Luck, Colts||DE Mario Williams, Bills||K Shaun Suisham, Steelers|
|Wk 8||WR Marvin Jones, Bengals||CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Broncos||K Ryan Succop, Chiefs|
|Wk 9||QB Jason Campbell, Browns||DE Cameron Wake, Miami||K Nick Folk, Jets|
|Wk 10||WR Demaryius Thomas, Broncos||LB Paul Posluszny, Jaguars||K Justin Tucker, Ravens|
|Wk 11||QB Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers||LB Vontaze Burfict, Bengals||K Adam Vinatieri, Colts|
|Wk 12||QB Tom Brady, Patriots||S Troy Polamalu, Steelers||K Justin Tucker, Ravens|
|Wk 13||WR Erick Decker, Broncos||DE Olivier Vernon, Dolphins||P Kevin Huber, Bengals|
|Wk 14||QB Andy Dalton, Bengals||LB Tamba Hali, Chiefs||K Matt Prater, Broncos|
|Wk 15||RB Jamaal Charles, Chiefs||S Michael Thomas, Dolphins||K Justin Tucker, Ravens|
|Wk 16||QB Peyton Manning, Broncos||LB Jerrell Freeman, Colts||K Nick Novak, Chargers|
|Wk 17||RB LeGarrette Blount, Patriots||CB Dee Milliner, Jets||K Adam Vinatieri, Colts|
Other nominees for AFC Offensive Player of Week 17 as submitted by AFC clubs:
Indianapolis wide receiver T.Y. HILTON, who had 11 catches for 155 receiving yards (14.1 average).
Tennessee running back CHRIS JOHNSON, who rushed for 127 yards on 27 carries (4.7 average) with one touchdown in the Titans’ 16-10 win over Houston.
Denver quarterback PEYTON MANNING, who completed 25 of 28 passes (89.3 percent) for 266 yards with four touchdowns versus zero interceptions and a 145.8 passer rating in the Broncos’ 34-14 win at Oakland.
San Diego running back RYAN MATHEWS, who rushed for 144 yards on 24 carries (6 average) in the Chargers’ 27-24 overtime win over Kansas City.
New York Jets rookie quarterback GENO SMITH, who completed 17 of 27 passes (63 percent) for 190 yards and a 83.9 passer rating. Smith also rushed for 44 yards with one rushing touchdown.
Other nominees for AFC Defensive Player of Week 17 as submitted by AFC clubs:
Tennessee linebacker AKEEM AYERS, who had three tackles, one interception, one forced fumble and one pass defensed.
Cincinnati linebacker VONTAZE BURFICT, who had a team-high 14 tackles.
Indianapolis linebacker ROBERT MATHIS, who had six tackles and two sacks.
Other nominees for AFC Special Teams Player of Week 17 as submitted by AFC clubs:
Tennessee punter BRETT KERN, who punted six times for 253 yards (42.2 average), including all six punts inside the 20-yard line.
San Diego kicker NICK NOVAK, who converted both field goals (22, 36).
Denver kicker MATT PRATER, who converted both field goals (34, 54).