Jarvis Green named Week 4 AFC Defensive Player of the Week Wide receiver ANDRE JOHNSON of the Houston Texans, defensive end JARVIS GREEN of the New England Patriots and kick returner-wide receiver JOSHUA CRIBBS of the Cleveland Browns are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the fourth week of the 2006 season (October 1-2), the NFL announced today.
OFFENSE: WR ANDRE JOHNSON, HOUSTON TEXANS
Sheer will to get his hands on the football coupled with efficient route running enabled Houston's Andre Johnson to pull down nine receptions for 101 receiving yards and a touchdown in a thrilling 17-15 victory against his hometown Miami Dolphins. Six of the 25-year-old standout's nine receptions resulted in a gain of more than 10 yards or a touchdown. Sunday's game in Reliant Stadium marked the second consecutive week that Johnson has led the AFC in receptions and receiving yards. The 6-3, 220-pounder's final catch was a three-yard touchdown reception in the back left corner of the end zone for a 17-6 lead with 9:54 remaining to earn the club its first win of the season. Johnson set up the score with a game-long 30-yard reception, fighting through a double team on third-down to move Houston to the Miami seven-yard line. Johnson is tied for the league lead in receptions with 30. In his fourth year from Miami, this is Johnson's first Player of the Week Award.
DEFENSE: DE JARVIS GREEN, NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Entering Cincinnati to face the high-flying Bengals, New England's Green fought his way to the quarterback for a career-high 3.0 sacks in a convincing 38-13 win. Starting at right defensive end, Green became the first Patriots player to record 3.0 sacks in a game since linebacker MIKE VRABEL in 2003. In addition to his penetrating pass rush, Green played a significant role in limiting a strong Bengals ground attack. Cincinnati entered the game ranked 10th in the NFL in rushing, averaging 121.0 yards, but was limited to only 71 at home Sunday. The Patriots (3-1) led 24-13 early in the fourth quarter when Green registered his first sack of the day, dropping the Cincinnati quarterback for a 10-yard loss, forcing and recovering a fumble at the Bengals' 13-yard line. The strip-sack set up teammate COREY DILLON's one-yard touchdown plunge to earn the Patriots a commanding 31-13 lead. Green also had sacks of nine yards and 11 yards on the day.
In his fifth year from LSU, this is Green's first Player of the Week distinction.
SPECIAL TEAMS: KR-WR JOSHUA CRIBBS, CLEVELAND BROWNS
Boosting the Browns with a jolt of electricity to jump-start a comeback victory after trailing by 18 points, Cribbs ran through the Raiders for kick returns of 65 and 53 yards, respectively, in a 24-21 win at Oakland. Down 14-0 in the second quarter, Cribbs fielded a kick on his own three-yard line and ran it back to the Oakland 32 where PHIL DAWSON ultimately split the uprights from 28 yards for the team's first points. After the Raiders answered with another touchdown for a 21-3 advantage, Cribbs again charged the Browns with a 53-yard return to Oakland's 43. Seven plays later, Cleveland quarterback CHARLIE FRYE tossed his first of three career-high touchdown passes to narrow the score to 21-10. The 6-1 Cribbs stands fifth in the NFL with a 27.8-yard kick return average while teammate DENNIS NORTHCUTT tops the NFL with a 15.1-yard average in punt returns. The Browns (1-3) travel east this week to face Carolina. In his second year from Kent State, this is Cribbs' first Player of the Week honor.
2006 AFC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Offense, Defense, Special Teams
Wk 1 QB Chad Pennington, New York LB Ray Lewis, Baltimore K Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis
Wk 2 QB Peyton Manning, Indianapolis CB Rashean Mathis, Jacksonville S Coy Wire, Buffalo
Wk 3 WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Cin. S Kerry Rhodes, New York PR-WR Terrence Wilkins, Ind.
Wk 4 WR Andre Johnson, Houston DE Jarvis Green, New England KR-WR Joshua Cribbs, Cleveland
Other nominees for AFC Offensive Player of Week 4 were:
- Cleveland quarterback CHARLIE FRYE, who passed for a career-high three touchdowns against two interceptions, completing 22 of 32 attempts for 192 yards and a 89.6 passer rating. Frye completed passes to a career-high nine receivers.
- Indianapolis wide receiver MARVIN HARRISON, who caught seven passes for 79 yards in a 31-28 road win against the Jets. Harrison (956) surpassed ANDRE REED (951) as the fourth-leading receiver in NFL history.
- Baltimore tight end TODD HEAP, who led the Ravens with four receptions for 60 yards, including a 10-yard catch and run for the game-winning touchdown with 41 seconds remaining in a 16-13 win against San Diego.
- Kansas City quarterback DAMON HUARD, who completed 13 of his first 15 passes and threw two touchdowns. Huard finished the day with a 133.3 passer rating in a 41-0 home win against San Francisco.
- Buffalo quarterback J.P. LOSMAN, who completed a career-best 71.9 percent of his passes on a careerhigh 23 completions in Sunday's 17-12 home victory against Minnesota. Losman finished the game with 222 passing yards with one touchdown without an interception for a 101.3 passer rating.
- Indianapolis quarterback PEYTON MANNING, who completed 21 of 30 (70.0 percent) attempts for 217 yards and a touchdown. Manning became the first quarterback in Colts history to record a game-winning touchdown run in the final minute of a game.
- New England rookie running back LAURENCE MARONEY, who ran for 125 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries (8.3-yard average). Maroney led a running game that produced 238 yards, the highest singlegame total for the franchise since 1993.
Other nominees for AFC Defensive Player of Week 4 were:
- Buffalo linebacker ANGELO CROWELL, who posted a team-leading 12 tackles and registered his second interception on the season. Crowell leads NFL linebackers with two interceptions.
- Cleveland linebacker ANDRA DAVIS, who registered seven tackles and 1.0 sack. Davis was in the middle of a defense that allowed only 59 second half total yards.
- Kansas City linebacker DERRICK JOHNSON, who posted nine tackles and 1.5 sacks in addition to a forced fumble in a shutout victory.
- Indianapolis defensive end ROBERT MATHIS, who chalked up 2.0 sacks for 16 yards and forced a fumble.
- Baltimore linebacker BART SCOTT, who compiled 19 tackles and an interception which he returned 24 yards to set up a Ravens touchdown.
Other nominees for AFC Special Teams Player of Week 4 were:
- New England punt returner-running back KEVIN FAULK, who recorded a 43-yard punt return for the team's longest in five years. Faulk also returned three kickoffs for 62 yards (20.7 average).
- Kansas City kick returner-punt returner DANTE HALL, who registered a 60-yard punt return for a touchdown, marking his 11th career score on a kick or punt return for the third-most such scores in NFL history. He totaled three punt returns for 82 yards and returned a kickoff for 22 yards.
- Baltimore kick returner-punt returner B.J. SAMS, who averaged 24.3 yards on four kick returns and had one punt return for 17 yards.