Week 18: Williams, Jeudy, Diggs, Hines headline NFL Players of the Week

On Wednesday, the NFL announced that Lions running back Jamaal Williams, Seahawks safety Quandre Diggs, and Eagles kicker Jake Elliott were name NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played in Week 18.

OFFENSE: RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS, DETROIT LIONS

Williams rushed for 72 yards and two second-half touchdowns, including the go-ahead touchdown with under six minutes remaining in the Lions’ 20-16 win at Green Bay on Sunday Night Football. He led the NFL with 17 rushing touchdowns this season and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Barry Sanders (16 rushing touchdowns in 1991) for the most in a season in franchise history.

DEFENSE: S QUANDRE DIGGS, SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Diggs recorded an interception in overtime and added four tackles in the Seahawks’ 19-16 win over the Los Angeles Rams. It marked the fifth overtime interception in the NFL this season

SPECIAL TEAMS: K JAKE ELLIOTT, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Elliott converted all five of his field goal attempts – from 32, 52, 39, 54 and 22 yards – and led all kickers in scoring (16 points) in Week 18 as the Eagles defeated the New York Giants, 22-16.

AFC Players of the Week:

In the AFC, Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy, Jaguars linebacker Josh Allen, and Bills running back/KR Nyheim Hines were named AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week.

OFFENSE: WR JERRY JEUDY, DENVER BRONCOS

Jeudy led all players and set career highs in receiving yards (154) and scrimmage yards (193) during Week 18 as the Broncos defeated the Los Angeles Chargers, 31-28.

DEFENSE: LB JOSH ALLEN, JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

Allen recorded six tackles, one tackle for loss, one forced fumble and recorded the game-winning 37-yard fumble-return for a touchdown with 2:51 remaining in the Jaguars’ 20-16 win over Tennessee. Jacksonville completed the “worst-to-first” turnaround and clinched the AFC South division title for the first time since 2017.

SPECIAL TEAMS: RB NYHEIM HINES, BUFFALO BILLS

Hines recorded two kickoff-return touchdowns (96- and 101-yards) in the Bills’ 35-23 win over the Patriots in Week 18 as he became the first player since Leon Washington (Week 3, 2010) with two kickoff-return touchdowns in the same game.