The NFL today announced that Indianapolis Colts safety Mike Adams has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 5. This marks the first time he has earned the award in his career.
In the Colts 27-20 victory over the Houston Texans, Adams totaled five tackles (three solo), two passes defensed and two interceptions. His first interception came on the opening drive of the game. Houston began the series on their own 20-yard line and orchestrated a 13-play, 61-yard drive that led them to the Colts 19-yard line. On the 14th play of the series, Adams intercepted Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett on the Indianapolis six-yard line and returned the ball 38 yards. The turnover led to a 48-yard field goal by kicker Adam Vinatieri for the Colts first points of the game.
Adams’ second interception came in the fourth quarter as Houston attempted a late comeback. Down 27-20 with 3:25 left in the game, the Texans drove 26 yards into Indianapolis territory. On the first play after the two-minute warning, Adams intercepted Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer on the Colts six-yard line to preserve the NFL-record 16th consecutive AFC South Division win for Indianapolis.
Adams is the second Colts player to earn AFC Player of the Week honors this season, joining punter Pat McAfee, who won AFC Special Teams Player of the Week in Week 3. He is the first Colt to win AFC Defensive Player of the Week since inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson (Week 13) and outside linebacker Jonathan Newsome (Week 17) last season.
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