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Adam Stites

Josh Allen named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 12

Jacksonville Jaguars pass rusher Josh Allen is the AFC Defensive Player of the Week after recording 2.5 sacks against the Houston Texans on Sunday.

Allen, 26, has now earned the honor three times in his career. He first received it in 2021 when he recorded a sack and interception against the Buffalo Bills’ Josh Allen. He got it again last season when he got a sack, forced fumble, and fumble recovery for a touchdown in the de facto AFC South championship game against the Tennessee Titans.

The performance Sunday against the Texans is especially impressive because most of the damage came when Allen was lined up across from three-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil. Eight of Allen’s career-high 12 pressures came against Tunsil, who previously hadn’t allowed a single player to record more than four pressures in the last six seasons.

Allen now has 12 sacks on the year, fifth most in the NFL.

Earlier this season, kicker Brandon McManus received AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors and Trevor Lawrence was AFC Offensive Player of the Week. McManus also earned AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for October.

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