The second edition of Art NFL The players of the week have arrived.
Let’s see who ran away with the Week 2 hardware.
AFC Offensive Player of the Week: QB Tua Tagavailoa, Miami Dolphins
No quarterback was better than Tua Tagovailoa in Week 2. WR Tyreek Hill heaped praise on his caller, and Tagovailoa backed up those compliments six-TD extravaganza Sunday against Baltimore. Even better: Four of his TD throws came in the fourth quarter, and despite trailing by 21 heading into the final frame, Miami rallied for a 42-38 victory thanks to Tagovailoa’s exploits. He finished with 469 yards, on a 36-of-50 clip, and six TDs.
AFC Defensive Player of the Week: CB Jaylen Watson, Kansas City Chiefs
We’ve probably all heard Watson’s story by now. It’s the epitome of rags-to-riches, and the rookie has ensured he stays away from applying for restaurant jobs with the choices of his life. Thursday evening against Chargers.
Justin Herbert It looked like they were going to waltz right into the end zone to take a seven-point lead early in the fourth quarter after going 57 yards in seven plays, but Watson had other plans. He slipped in front of Herbert’s pass intended for Gerald Everett and then raced to his end zone, causing Herbert to fumble en route to a 99-yard TD return. The momentum game cemented Watson’s status as the AFC’s best defensive player.
NFC Offensive Player of the Week: WR Amon-Ra St. Brown, Detroit Lions
There was no cure for St. Brown’s plague, which broke out everywhere Washington protection Sunday afternoon. St. Brown was relentless in both the running and passing games, racking up nearly 200 all-purpose yards (68 rushing on just two carries; 116 receiving) in the game. He averaged over 10 yards per reception (12.8) and crossed the pylon twice on passes from Jared Goughwho scored four TD passes on the day.
NFC Defensive Player of the Week: CB Darius Slay, Philadelphia Eagles
Darius Slay was Kirk Cousins favorite goal during Beatdown Eagles 24-7 Minnesota Vikings on Monday night. At least that’s what the Twitterverse gathered from the walk. And if you were watching the game yourself, you couldn’t help but notice a number of passes that seemed to be directed towards Slay.
In The Big Game, Slay was an old woman Justin Jefferson in an intimidating jersey all night, allowing him to haul in just one catch on six targets and holding Cousins to a 0.0 passer rating when looking his way. Oh, and he hauled in two INTs from Minnesota QBs in the process, nearly getting two more. Admittedly, Sly had the Jefferson matchup circled on his calendar, and he cemented his reputation as one of the most feared corners in the league with his statement.
Special teams: AFC, NFC Special Teams Players of the Week: P Braden Mann (New York Jets) and K Graham Gano (New York Giants)
Mann was an unsung hero in the Jets’ a comeback victory above Cleveland Browns. His successful onside kick gave the ball back to his team with just over a minute to play, allowing Joe Flacco and Garrett Wilson to work his magic for the game-winning TD. He also came up big in the first quarter with a beautiful 17-yard fake punt pass that kept New York’s drive intact.
Gano scored 13 of the Giants’ 19 points. 19-16 to win Carolina. He went 4-of-4 on FGs during that game, connecting on 33 and 36 in the first quarter and a 56-yarder later in the fourth to cap the conversion from 51. The latter was the second-longest in Giants history.
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