Earlier this week it was announced that Baltimore Ravens ILB Terrell Suggs was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his week 12 performance against the San Francisco 49ers in the Ravens 16-6 win on Thanksgiving night. Here is more from the NFL with the official announcement and press release:
TITANS RB CHRIS JOHNSON, RAVENS LB TERRELL SUGGS & RAIDERS K SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI NAMED AFC PLAYERS OF WEEK 12
Running back CHRIS JOHNSON of the Tennessee Titans, linebacker TERRELL SUGGS of the Baltimore Ravens and kicker SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI of the Oakland Raiders are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the 12th week of the 2011 season (November 24, 27-28), the NFL announced today.
DEFENSE: LB TERRELL SUGGS, BALTIMORE RAVENS
- Suggs tied a career-high with three sacks and added three tackles and one forced fumble in the Ravens’ 16-6 win over the San Francisco 49ers.
- Played a pivotal role in the Ravens tying a franchise record with nine sacks in the game and helped limit the 49ers’ offense to 170 total yards.
- Registered his 13th career regular-season game with at least two sacks. Baltimore has a 12-1 (.923) record in such contests.
- Through Week 12, Suggs is tied for second in the AFC with nine sacks (VON MILLER, 10.5).
· Suggs (nine) needs one sack to reach double-digits sacks for the second straight season and fourth time in career (12 in 2003, 10.5 in 2004, 11 in 2010).
· In his ninth season from Arizona State, this is Suggs’ fourth career Defensive Player of the Week Award. He most recently won the award in Week 1. Suggs (Weeks 1 and 12), RAY LEWIS (Week 3) and JARRET JOHNSON (Week 4) are the Ravens to win Defensive Player of the Week this season.
OFFENSE: RB CHRIS JOHNSON, TENNESSEE TITANS
- Johnson rushed for a season-best 190 yards on 23 carries (8.3 average) in the Titans’ 23-17 win over Tampa Bay.
· Johnson’s 190 rushing yards led the AFC and ranked second in the NFL in Week 12 (BEANIE WELLS, 228).
· Registered his third career game with 190+ rushing yards (197, 228, 190) and became the eighth player in NFL history to have three games with 190+ rushing yards by their 58th career game.
· His 190 rushing yards are the most in the AFC this season for a single game.
· Johnson reached the 100-yard mark for the third time this season and the 27th of his career.
- In his fourth year from East Carolina, this is Johnson’s third career Offensive Player of the Week Award. He most recently won the award in 2010 (Week 5). Johnson is the first Titan to win Offensive Player of the Week this season.
- SPECIAL TEAMS: K SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI, OAKLAND RAIDERS
· Janikowski connected on a franchise record six field goals (40, 47, 42, 19, 37, 44) and one extra point in the Raiders’ 25-20 win over the Chicago Bears.
· Janikowski’s five field goals of 35+ yards tied SCOTT NORWOOD (September 25, 1988), CHRIS BONIOL (November 18, 1996) and BILLY CUNDIFF (September 15, 2003) for the most field goals longer than 35 yards in a game in NFL history.
· He joined GINO CAPPELLETTI (October, 4, 1964), GARO YEPREMIAN (November 13, 1966), RICH KARLIS (November 5, 1989) and ROB BIRONAS (October 21, 2007) as the only players to register six field goals before the start of the fourth quarter in an NFL game.
· Janikowski scored 19 of the Raiders’ 25 points in the game.
· In his 12th season from Florida State, this is Janikowski’s sixth career Special Teams Player of the Week Award, the second-most Player of the Week awards of any Raider since the award was instituted in 1984 (TIM BROWN, seven). He most recently won the award in Weeks 1 and 5 of 2011.