The National Football League announced on Wednesday that Chiefs CB Brandon Flowers has been named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in a 28-0 win at Oakland last Sunday. It is the first Player of the Week honor of Flowers’ career and the second weekly accolade for the Chiefs in 2011. K Ryan Succop was previously named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week following his five field-goal performance vs. Minnesota on October 2.
Ironically, Flowers beat out his teammate, linebacker Derrick Johnson, for the award. Johnson may have played one of his best games as a Chief against the Raiders when he racked up 16 tackles (13 solo) and was the key figure on defense when the Chiefs stopped the Raiders in the second quarter when Oakland had gotten the ball down inside the 5 yard line and were threatening to score.
Flowers intercepted two passes, including one he returned 58 yards for a touchdown off of Raiders cornerback, Carson Palmer, who is playing for the first time after being acquired by the Raiders in a trade with the Cincinnati Bengals on the Tuesday before the game. Flowers added five tackles (three solo) and four passes defensed against the Raiders.
It was the second multi-interception performance of his career (10/26/08 at the N.Y. Jets), and the third time he has returned an INT for a score. The Chiefs defense picked off six passes on Sunday, tying for the second-most in franchise history.
In six games this season, Flowers has 34 tackles (24 solo), four interceptions for 95 return yards and 11 passes defensed. His four INTs are tied for the AFC lead and tied for second in the NFL, while his 95 return yards rank fifth in the league.
After crushing an AFC West opponent that Chiefs fans hate last Sunday in the Raiders, the Chiefs prepare to take on the San Diego Chargers on Monday Night Football at Arrowhead Stadium on Halloween night. After suffering through the worst three-game losing streak to open the season in the franchise’s history, should the Chiefs beat the Chargers on Monday night, they will take over first place in the AFC West.
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