FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots announced today that S Brandon Meriweather has been named AFC Defensive Player of the Week by the National Football League for his performance in the Patriots' 35-7 victory last Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It is the first time that Meriweather has earned the honor. Meriweather is the first New England defensive player to win the award since Asante Samuel earned the award in Week 12 of the 2007 season.
Meriweather had two interceptions within the first six minutes of the game. He set the tone for New England when he intercepted a Tampa Bay pass and returned it 39 yards for a touchdown to end Tampa Bay's first drive. The Buccaneers drove to the New England 33-yard line on the next series before Meriweather struck again with his second interception. His play helped limit Tampa Bay to 151 net yards passing.
It is the third time in 2009 that the Patriots have been honored with an AFC Player of the Week award. QB Tom Brady was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week following Week 1 and Week 6.