Browns’ D’Qwell Jackson named AFC Defensive Player of the Week

The NFL has announced that Cleveland Browns linebacker D’Qwell Jackson has been named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for games played on November 22-26.

Jackson tallied a team-high nine tackles and had a hand in two turnovers as he forced one fumble and recovered another during the team’s 20-14 victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns Stadium last Sunday. Jackson led the Browns’ defensive unit which limited the Steelers to 242 total net yards, including just 49 rushing, which marked Cleveland’s lowest rushing total allowed since 2003. In total, the Browns defense forced eight turnovers, which were the most by an NFL team since 2001 and the most by the Browns since 1989.

This is the first AFC Defensive Player of the Week award forJackson. He is the first Brown to win AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors since linebacker David Bowens in Week 7 of the 2010 season. Jacksonwas named AFC Defensive Player of the Month in September of 2011.

“I’m not about personal accolades,” said Jackson of the award. “It’s great, don’t get me wrong. I put a lot of pride into what I do and I’m passionate about what I do. I love what I do and I love playing here in the city of Cleveland. It’s all about everyone in this locker room and the coaches. It’s a little bit better when you win games and as you guys know, there have been some rocky years at times. We had a great week last week hopefully we can carry it over to Oakland, get another win and start a streak here.”

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  • Dee P

    I like Jackson’s game a lot. He is a heck of a cover linebacker and okay as a tackler. He doesn’t miss many tackles, but I would just like to see him be more of a “punisher” when he hits.

  • Kildawg

    Not to mention he gets the defense lined up as the leader. He is a captain for a reason.

  • Luke Stavole

    Man. That David Bowens game. That was fun. Two pick sixes and a win against the Saints.

  • mike

    Don’t forget about Reggie “usain bolt” Hodges

  • mgbode

    punter getting a 68yd run (but not a TD) or a 300+ lb DE/LB returning 2 TDs.

    I don’t know which is crazier, but I still remember my wife saying: “they are letting that fat guy score another TD?”

  • DontbringLBJback

    No one is allowed to be a punisher in the NFL these days. If you are a punisher (Jerome Harrison) you get fined every game.

  • Dee P

    Disagree. Plenty of ways to be a punisher with clean hits. Donte Whitner with SF is a great example.

    Harrison is not a punisher. He and Hines Ward wrote the book on cheap shots and dirty play.

  • mgbode

    the way it is setup today, a “punisher” will get flagged at times (TJ Ward comes to mind), but I don’t think TJ is thought of as a dirty player (unlike those that you mentioned)

  • Henry Brown

    I’m just fine with wrap and tackle

  • Dee P

    Maybe I need to clarify what I was picturing in my head when I say “punisher”. Yes DQ wraps up and tackles….he does. But too many times he gets pushed back giving up that one extra or one and a half extra yards. I just wish he would finish his hits by knocking the other guy back. Doesn’t need to be highlight reel hits.