Matthews wins NFC Def. Player of Week award

Posted by Mike Spofford on September 22, 2010 – 1:17 pm

LB Clay Matthews has been awarded the NFC’s Defensive Player of the Week for his three-sack performance against Buffalo in Week 2. Matthews became the first Green Bay player since sacks became an official league statistic in 1982 to have back-to-back three-sack games. He also had three against Philadelphia in Week 1 and now has a league-high six on the season.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, Matthews is the first player to post back-to-back three-sack games since Seattle DE Patrick Kerney in 2007.

More on Matthews’ selection, per the NFL press release:

  • Matthews had five tackles and three sacks in the Packers’ 34-7 win over Buffalo.
  • Four of his five tackles were for a loss.
  • He is one of only six players with at least six sacks in the first two games of a season since the sack became an official statistic in 1982.
  • In his second year from Southern California, this is Matthews’ second career Player of the Week Award (Week 13, 2009).
  • His father, Clay Matthews Jr., was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week twice in his career with the Cleveland Browns (Week 12, 1984 and Week 9, 1991).  They are the only father and son to win Player of the Week Awards.

Matthews is the second Packers player in as many weeks to win one of the league’s awards. K Mason Crosby was the NFC’s Special Teams Player of the Week in Week 1 for his performance in Philadelphia, which included a franchise-record 56-yard field goal.

Other NFC awards this week went to Atlanta RB Jason Snelling (offense) and Saints K Garrett Hartley (special teams). Green Bay TE Jermichael Finley was a nominee for the offensive award after catching four passes for 103 yards vs. the Bills.

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