FOXBOROUGH, Mass. –** Chandler Jones has been named AFC Defensive Player of the Week by the National Football League for his performance in the Patriots' 30-7 victory at Minnesota on Sunday. It is the first time in Jones' career that he has received an AFC Player of the Week honor. He was named AFC Defensive Player of the Month for November last season.
Jones blocked a 48-yard field goal attempt and returned it 58 yards for a touchdown to give New England a 24-7 halftime lead. He also finished the game with eight total tackles and his fifth career two-sack game.
The last time the Patriots earned an AFC Defensive Player of the Week honor was Week 10 of the 2011 season when Andre Carter tied a team record with four sacks at the New York Jets on Nov. 13, 2011.
Last season, the Patriots earned two AFC Player of the Week honors (QB Tom Brady in Week 12 and RB LeGarrette Blount in Week 17) and two AFC Player of the Month honors (K Stephen Gostkowski – Special Teams Player of the Month for October and DE Chandler Jones – AFC Defensive Player of the Month for November).