Quarterback Nick Foles of the Philadelphia Eagles, Linebacker Thomas Davis of the Carolina Panthers and Kick Returner-Punt Returner Dwayne Harris of the Dallas Cowboys are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the sixth week of the 2013 NFL season.
Offense: QB Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles
Making his first start of the season, Foles completed 22 of 31 passes (71.0 percent) for 296 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 133.3 passer rating in the Eagles’ 31-20 win at Tampa Bay. He also rushed for a touchdown.
Foles is the eighth player in NFL history to complete at least 70 percent of his passes without an interception for 295+ yards with three or more touchdown passes and a rushing TD in the same game.
He threw two touchdown passes to wide receiver DE SEAN JACKSON (12 and 36 yards), who was the NFC Offensive Player of Week 5. Foles added a career-long 47-yard touchdown pass to RILEY COOPER.
Foles has appeared in four games this season – one start – and has completed 41 of 61 passes (67.2 percent) for 542 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions for a 127.9 passer rating.
In his second season from Arizona, this is Foles’ first career Player of the Week Award.
Foles and Jackson (Week 5) are the second pair of Eagles teammates to be named Offensive Player of the Week in consecutive weeks. Jackson (Week 14) and MICHAEL VICK (Week 15) accomplished the feat in 2010.
Defense: LB Thomas Davis, Carolina Panthers
Davis had a game-high nine tackles, a career-best two sacks and a pass defensed in the Panthers’ 35-10 win at Minnesota. One of the team’s defensive captains, Davis led a unit that limited the Vikings to 10 points, 18.8 points below Minnesota’s average (28.8 entering the game).
The Panthers held the Vikings to 75 rushing yards and 290 total net yards. Minnesota entered the game averaging 126.8 rushing yards per game and 350.5 total net yards per game.
Davis, who has come back from three ACL surgeries, recorded two sacks for minus-17 yards and four of his tackles came two yards from the line of scrimmage or behind.
In his ninth year from Georgia, this is Davis’ first career Player of the Week Award.
Davis is the sixth linebacker in franchise history to be named Defensive Player of the Week. He joins SAM MILLS (Week 7, 1995), KEVIN GREENE (Week 9, 1999), DAN MORGAN (Week 14, 2004), JON BEASON (Week 16, 2009) and LUKE KUECHLY (Week 14, 2012).
Special Teams: KR-PR Dwayne Harris, Dallas Cowboys
Harris had 222 combined return yards (113 kickoff, 109 punt), including an 86-yard punt-return touchdown and a 90-yard kickoff return, in the Cowboys’ 31-16 win over Washington.
He is the third player in NFL history to return both a punt and a kickoff at least 85 yards in a regular-season game, joining EDDIE PAYTON (December 17, 1977) and DANTE HALL (December 8, 2002).
Harris averaged 54.5 yards per punt return and 56.5 yards per kickoff return. He is the first player in NFL history to average 50.0+ yards per punt return and 50.0+ yards per kickoff return in a single game (minimum two returns).
This season, he leads the NFL in both PR average (23.6 yards) and KR average (34.7 yards).
Harris also had a special teams tackle and ties for the team lead with five special teams tackles this season.
In his third season from East Carolina, this is Harris’ third career Player of the Week Award and second this season (Week 1).
He is the only non-kicker in franchise history to be named Special Teams Player of the Week three times. Harris and BILLY CUNDIFF are tied for the most Special Teams Player of the Week Awards in franchise history.
2013 NFC Players of the Week
|Wk 1||WR Anquan Boldin, 49ers||DE Robert Quinn, Rams||WR-PR Dwayne Harris, Dallas|
|Wk 2||QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay||CB Richard Sherman, Seattle||KR-PR Devin Hester, Chicago|
|Wk 3||TE Jimmy Graham, Saints||DE Greg Hardy, Carolina||P Sam Martin, Detroit|
|Wk 4||QB Drew Brees, Saints||CB Patrick Peterson, Arizona||K Steven Hauschka, Seattle|
|Wk 5||WR DeSean Jackson, Eagles||CB Tramaine Brock, San Francisco||K Mason Crosby, Packers|
|Wk 6||QB Nick Foles, Eagles||LB Thomas Davis, Panthers||KR-PR Dwayne Harris, Cowboys|
Other nominees for NFC Offensive Player of Week 6 as submitted by NFC clubs
San Francisco tight end VERNON DAVIS, who had eight catches for 180 yards and two touchdowns in the 49ers’ 32-20 win over Arizona.
Detroit rookie tight end JOSEPH FAURIA, who had three touchdown catches in the Lions’ 31-17 win at Cleveland.
Seattle running back MARSHAWN LYNCH, who had 155 scrimmage yards (78 receiving, 77 rushing) and two rushing touchdowns in the Seahawks’ 20-13 win over Tennessee.
Carolina quarterback CAM NEWTON, who passed for three touchdowns and rushed for one.
Detroit quarterback MATTHEW STAFFORD, who passed for 248 yards and four touchdowns.
Other nominees for NFC Defensive Player of Week 6 as submitted by NFC clubs
St. Louis defensive tackle MICHAEL BROCKERS, who had seven tackles and two sacks in the Rams’ 38-13 win at Houston.
Green Bay linebacker A.J. HAWK, who had 10 tackles and three sacks in the Packers’ 19-17 win at Baltimore.
Chicago cornerback TIM JENNINGS, who had two interceptions, including a 48-yard touchdown, four passes defensed and a tackle in the Bears’ 27-21 win over the New York Giants.
Detroit linebacker DE ANDRE LEVY, who had seven tackles and two interceptions.
Carolina safety MIKE MITCHELL, who had two interceptions, a sack and seven tackles.
St. Louis rookie linebacker ALEC OGLETREE, who had 10 tackles, a 98-yard interception-return touchdown and a forced fumble.
Other nominees for NFC Special Teams Player of Week 6 as submitted by NFC clubs
St. Louis rookie linebacker DAREN BATES, who recovered a fumble on a kickoff and returned it for a touchdown.
Detroit rookie punter SAM MARTIN, who placed three of his five punts inside the 20 and had a net average of 47.8 yards per punt.