Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Jones, Spiller add to East's player-of-week rampage


The accolades keep on coming for AFC East players.

A week after two of the three NFL Player of the Week honors were given to players in the division for their respective Week 1 showings, another pair of AFC East'ers were given the nod after Week 2.

New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week, and Buffalo Bills tailback C.J. Spiller took the Special Teams Player of the Week crown.

Jones had eight tackles and two sacks, as well as a blocked a field goal that he returned for a touchdown in New England’s 30-7 win at the Minnesota Vikings. The play marked the fifth blocked field goal returned for a touchdown in franchise history and first since 2010.

The third-year Syracuse product, who help limited the Vikings to 217 total net yards, now has five two-sack games in his career.

Spiller, meanwhile, returned two kickoffs for 122 yards (61 average), including a career-long 102-yard touchdown, in Buffalo’s 29-10 win against Miami. Spiller also rushed for 69 yards on 12 carries (5.8 average), including a 47-yard run. According to the NFL, Spiller is the first player with a 100-yard kickoff-return touchdown and 45-plus-yard run in the same game since 1973.

He is also the first NFL player to score a kickoff-return touchdown in 2014. The fifth-year Clemson product won the award in 2010, and he's the second consecutive Bills player to be named Special Teams Player of the Week this season, as kicker Dan Carpenter got the nod last week.

Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake was last week's AFC Defensive Player of the Week.

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