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PFT’s Week 15 2022 NFL awards

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Week 15 was the Week of the Comeback.

The Vikings (33-point deficit), the Bengals (17) and the Jaguars (17) all overcame deficits of not less than 17 points. It marked the primary time in NFL history that three teams got here back to win after trailing by 17 or more points in the identical week.

With so many good comebacks, so many good games, so many good plays and so many good players, it made this week the toughest week of the season to find out our weekly award winners.

But we’ve done it.

Five categories. Five winners. With, after all, all of the finalists who also deserved recognition.

Offensive player of the week: Bills quarterback Josh Allen.

Quite a bit happened within the three games before and the 12 games after Allen led the Bills to a 32-29, come-from-behind win against the Dolphins on a chilly Saturday night in Buffalo. It wasn’t the largest comeback of the week, but Allen was as clutch as any player this week.

With the sport tied with 5:56 left, Allen drove the Bills 86 yards in 15 plays to establish Tyler Bass‘ game-winning, 25-yard field goal on the ultimate play.

Allen went 25-of-40 for 304 yards with 4 touchdowns, while running for an additional 77 yards on 10 carries. Allen also dove into the tip zone for a key two-point conversion.

“He makes plays that I’ve never seen before. Sometimes you type of turn right into a fan when you’re watching him,” Bills tight end Dawson Knox said.

Other finalists: Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, Vikings running back Dalvin Cook, Vikings receiver K.J. Osborn, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

Defensive player of the week: Jaguars safety Rayshawn Jenkins.

Jenkins had just one interception this season . . . until Sunday when he had two more. His first interception of Dak Prescott got here with 2:53 left within the third quarter and the Jaguars trailing 27-17. His 11-yard return to the Dallas 20 arrange a Jacksonville touchdown 4 plays later.

That was big. His second interception of the day was biggest.

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Jenkins had a 52-yard interception return for a touchdown in time beyond regulation against the Cowboys, giving Jacksonville a come-from-behind 40-34 win. The ball bounced off Noah Brown and into Jenkins’ waiting arms. He had nothing but green in front of him after Foye Oluokun blocked Prescott out of the best way.

Jenkins told PFT his preparation through the week allowed him to diagnose the third-and-four play.

If that wasn’t all, Jenkins also had a league-leading 18 tackles.

Other finalists: Cardinals defensive lineman J.J. Watt, Patriots safety Kyle Dugger, 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa, Bengals linebacker Germaine Pratt, Broncos safety Justin Simmons, Eagles defensive end Josh Sweat.

Rookie of the week: Giants outside linebacker Kayvon Thibodeaux.

Thibodeaux declared before Monday Night Football that “primetime likes me.” He then went out and did what he does under the brilliant lights.

The fifth overall selection had a breakout game with 12 tackles, three tackles for loss, a sack, a forced fumble and a recovered fumble for a touchdown.

His 1-yard fumble return for a touchdown on a strip-sack of Commanders quarterback Taylor Heinicke was the Giants’ first fumble recovery for a touchdown since 2020. Leonard Floyd in 2016 was the last rookie within the NFL with a strip-sack fumble recovery for a touchdown on the identical play.

“That’s what we expect from him – to go on the market and play with effort,” Giants coach Brian Daboll said. “That’s what we saw in him in college. After we went through the technique of choosing him within the draft, that’s what we felt really good about: A man that loves football, that competes, that finishes.”

Thibodeaux now has three sacks — two of them coming in two games against the Commanders — two forced fumbles and two recovered fumbles this season.

Other finalists: 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy, Packers linebacker Quay Walker, Falcons running back Tyler Allgeier, Commanders receiver Jahan Dotson, Lions linebacker James Houston.

Coach of the week: Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell.

Yes, the Vikings were going to win one in all our awards after the largest comeback (or biggest collapse, depending on perspective) in NFL history. Congratulations, Kevin O’Connell. Your Honey B Ham is on its way.

The Vikings trailed 33-0 at halftime and 36-7 late within the third quarter. They won 39-36.

O’Connell deserves a variety of credit for the team’s 11-3 record, having taught the Vikings learn how to win. They consider in him, and he believes in them.

Other finalists: Jaguars coach Doug Pederson, Giants coach Brian Daboll, Raiders coach Josh McDaniels.

Play of the week: Raiders defensive end Chandler Jones 48-yard fumble return for a game-winning touchdown.

The scoring line of “C.Jones 48-yard fumble return” doesn’t begin to inform the story. Jones’ touchdown is one in all those plays where every football fan will endlessly remember where she or he was when it happened.

Jones stands 6 foot 5 and 265 kilos, but Patriots receiver Jakobi Meyers insists he never saw Jones before trying a throwback pass to quarterback Mac Jones on the ultimate play of a tie game.

Chandler Jones caught the lateral, stiff armed Mac Jones to the bottom and ran to the tip zone with one of the improbable touchdowns in NFL history. As an alternative of the sport going into time beyond regulation, because it must have, Meyers joined Jim Marshall, Joe Pisarcik, Dwayne Rudd, Leon Lett, Tony Romo and D.J. Moore, amongst others, with a costly miscue endlessly remembered.

Other finalists: Jaguars safety Rayshawn Jenkins’ pick-six in time beyond regulation, Vikings running back Dalvin Cook’s 64-yard receiving touchdown that tied the sport after the two-point conversion, Lions tight end Brock Wright‘s 51-yard, game-winning, catch-and-run touchdown, Titans cornerbacks Roger McCreary and Joshua Kalu‘s tag-team interception in the long run zone.

PFT’s Week 15 2022 NFL awards originally appeared on Pro Football Talk

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