Houston Texans DB Tavierre Thomas Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week

The NFL has named Houston Texans DB Tavierre Thomas the AFC Defensive Player of the Week following his performance in the team's 41-29 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 16. This marks the first Player of the Week award of his NFL career and the team's first Defensive award since Week 2 of the 2019 campaign.

In Week 15, Thomas finished with eight tackles (six solo), one pass defensed and one interception that he returned 48 yards for his first career touchdown. Thomas was just one-of-two players in the AFC to register a touchdown on defense in Week 16 and just one of four to do so overall in the NFL for the weekend's slate of games. His timely interception came in the midst of an 11-point game late in the fourth quarter that helped the club seal a victory. His 48-yard return also amounted to be the most interception return yards of the week and most by an AFC defender since Week 13.

Additionally, Thomas was the only player in the AFC with at least eight tackles and one interception. He excelled in coverage throughout the game, allowing just a 37.5 passer rating on five total targets, the third-best mark in the AFC in Week 16 per NFL Next Gen Stats.

This marks the 51st time a Texan has been named Player of the Week in franchise history and the second week in a row after DB Tremon Smith earned Special Teams Player of the Week honors in Week 15. It is also the 18th time Houston has won the AFC Defensive Player of the Week award in team history.

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PlayerAwardWeekSeason
Tavierre ThomasDefensive162021
Tremon SmithSpecial Teams152021
Deshaun WatsonOffensive112020
Angelo BlacksonSpecial Teams152019
Deshaun WatsonOffensive132019
Deshaun WatsonOffensive52019
Deshaun WatsonOffensive32019
Whitney MercilusDefensive22019
Ka'imi FairbairnSpecial Teams152018
J.J. WattDefensive122018
Jadeveon ClowneyDefensive42018
Johnathan JosephDefensive62017
Deshaun WatsonOffensive42017
Shane LechlerSpecial Teams82016
Will Fuller VSpecial Teams42016
Whitney MercilusDefensive12016
J.J. WattDefensive172015
J.J. WattDefensive112015
DeAndre HopkinsOffensive62015
Randy BullockSpecial Teams162014
Ryan FitzpatrickOffensive132014
J.J. WattDefensive112014
J.J. WattDefensive42014
J.J. WattDefensive152012
Matt SchaubOffensive112012
J.J. WattDefensive32012
Arian FosterOffensive72011
Arian FosterOffensive42011
Glover QuinDefensive122010
Matt SchaubOffensive62010
Andre JohnsonOffensive22010
Arian FosterOffensive12010
Brian CushingDefensive82009
Brian CushingDefensive62009
Jacoby JonesSpecial Teams42009
Matt SchaubOffensive22009
Matt SchaubOffensive142008
Steve SlatonOffensive132008
Jacoby JonesSpecial Teams82008
Jacoby JonesSpecial Teams62008
André DavisSpecial Teams142007
Kris BrownSpecial Teams52007
Mario WilliamsDefensive12007
Kris BrownSpecial Teams162006
DeMeco RyansDefensive132006
Andre JohnsonOffensive42006
Jerome MathisSpecial Teams82005
Kris BrownSpecial Teams32004
Chad StanleySpecial Teams92003
Avion BlackSpecial Teams152002
Aaron GlennDefensive142002

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