The NFL today announced that Indianapolis Colts inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 13. This marks the second time he has earned the award in his career (2012 – Week 12).
In the Colts’ 49-27 victory over the Washington Redskins in Week 13, Jackson tied for the team lead with 12 tackles (seven solo), two tackles for loss, one pass defensed and one fumble recovery, which he returned 35 yards for a touchdown. Following an Erik Walden sack-forced fumble in the third quarter, he scooped up the ball and took it to the end zone for a score giving Indianapolis a 35-17 lead. It marked his second career touchdown (27-yard interception return against Philadelphia on Sept. 9, 2012).
Jackson has started all 12 games this year, recording a team-leading 137 tackles (81 solo) and a career-high 4.0 sacks. He has also tied his single-season career-high with three fumble recoveries. For his nine-year NFL career, Jackson has registered 1,028 tackles (647 solo), 15.5 sacks, 29 passes defensed, eight interceptions, 10 fumble recoveries and six forced fumbles in 109 games played (108 starts). He has topped 100 tackles in seven seasons, including in each of the last four.
Jackson is the third Colts player to earn AFC Player of the Week honors in 2014. The Colts are the fourth team in the NFL this season with an Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Player of the Week, joining Arizona, New England and San Diego.
2014 COLTS AFC PLAYER OF THE WEEK RECIPIENTS
Week 3: Andrew Luck – AFC Offensive Player of the Week
Week 6: Pat McAfee – AFC Special Teams Player of the Week
Week 13: D’Qwell Jackson – AFC Defensive Player of the Week
2014 COLTS AFC PLAYER OF THE MONTH RECIPIENTS
September: Pat McAfee – AFC Special Teams Player of the Month
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