Eagles soar above rest of NFL with absurd amount of Player of the Week Awards in 2022
The 2022 NFL season’s final list of the AFC and NFC Player of the Week awards came out this morning, and another Philadelphia Eagle earned the honors to cap off a historic year.
Eagles K Jake Elliott wins NFC Player of the Week
Jake Elliott won the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week after single-handedly tying the Giants’ total score (16-16) in the Eagles’ division-clinching win. The sixth-year kicker hit field goals of 32, 39, 52, and 54 yards while making his league-leading 58th extra point. Let’s never forget this is not the first time Jake Elliott took matters into his own against the second-best football team in New York.
Week 18 marks the ninth time the Eagles collected an NFC Player of the Week award, the most of any NFL team. Zech McPhearson kicked off the accolades in Week One with his consistent special teams play. The fourth-round cornerback led the team in special teams snaps this season (358) and had two key tackles plus an onside kick recovery in the third quarter against Detroit.
After that, three separate Eagles defenders won Defensive Player of the Week for three consecutive weeks. Darius Slay picked off two of Kirk Cousins’ three interceptions and held phenom Justin Jefferson to one catch on six targets. Slay also defended five passes on his two interceptions came on those six targets to Jefferson.
Next, Brandon Graham won the first of two NFC Players of the Week against Washington. He took down his former teammate Carson Wentz with 2.5 of the team’s nine total sacks, six tackles (two for loss), a pass defended, and a forced fumble. Darius Slay tweeted my thoughts exactly when he said that Brandon Graham, a 34-year-old vet coming off an Achilles injury, shouldn’t win Comeback Player of the Year.
Philly’s sack-leader Haason Reddick became the third consecutive defensive player to bring home an NFC Player of the Week against Super Bowl-winning head coach Doug Pederson. Reddick was instrumental in the Eagles’ comeback win over Jacksonville with two of the team’s four total, four tackles (one for loss), two fumble recoveries, and two forced fumbles on Trevor Lawrence’s takedowns in the 4th quarter.
How could I forget about Cameron Dicker the kicker? Only on the squad for 25 days, the rookie out of Texas brought home the team’s fifth straight NFC Player of the Week in the first five games of 2022. His game-winning 23-yard field goal in relief of injured Jake Elliott knocked off the Arizona Cardinals. Dicker also added a 42-yard make and went two-for-two on extra points.
Josh Allen led the NFL with three AFC Offensive Player of the Week wins, but only three other quarterbacks captured two: Patrick Mahomes, Joe Burrow, and Jalen Hurts. Allen and Hurts are the only two to win in back-to-back weeks this season. Philly’s QB1 did it in Weeks 13 and 14 against the Packers and Titans. During that span, Hurts averaged 266.5 passing yards, 84.5 rushing yards (7.7 yards per carry) with six total touchdowns (five passing, one rushing) to zero turnovers. Those are MVP-type numbers in almost any book written on the subject.
In Week 14 at the Meadowlands, Brandon Graham totaled three sacks on Daniel Jones on six pressures in 20 pass rush snaps, winning 1/3 of his matchups that day. He took home NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for a second time and had a single-game career high in sacks that day.
With Jake Elliott bringing home the Week 18 NFC Special Teams Player of the Year, the Eagles brought home one of those awards in half of the NFL’s eighteen-week schedule. Excluding the bye week, Philly players won a Player of the Week Award in the NFC in over half of the weeks played.
But somehow, the Eagles are the fourth favorite team on DraftKings to win Super Bowl LVII (+550), trailing the Chiefs (+350), Bills (+400), and 49ers (+500). Weirdly enough, DraftKings has Philadelphia as the favorite to win the NFC (+175), with the 49ers right behind them (+180).
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