New England Patriots

  • For the first time this season, a Patriots player is a part of the Player of the Week recognition lists. For his performance in Week 5, linebacker Matthew Judon was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced on Wednesday.

    In the Patriots’ 29-0 win over the Detroit Lions, Judon recorded three tackles with two sacks, and had four quarterback hits. One of his sacks included a forced fumble, which Kyle Dugger returned for a touchdown.

  • With those sacks, Judon set a Patriots franchise record for consecutive sacks to start a season. He has at least one sack in all five games so far this year, and his six total sacks are tied for the league lead.

    This is the second time Judon has been named AFC Defensive Player of the Week in his career. He also earned the title in Week 11 of the 2017 season, when he was with the Baltimore Ravens.


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  • Judon is the first Patriots player to win AFC Defensive Player of the Week since Adrian Phillips did so last year in Week 8. Nick Folk was the only other Patriots player to get a Player of the Week nod last season, in Week 5. Judon is the first Patriots linebacker to win Defensive Player of the Week since Kyle Van Noy in Week 4 of the 2019 season.

    It wasn’t just Judon in the conversation for Player of the Week awards after the Patriots’ win on Sunday. Quarterback Bailey Zappe was nominated for Offensive Rookie of the Week. Zappe threw for 188 yards and a touchdown in the win.

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