The Steelers couldn’t stop turning the ball over last Sunday against the Browns and now one of the Browns defenders has won some individual honors for his work in helping to force eight turnovers.
Linebacker D’Qwell Jackson is the lucky Brown to be named AFC defensive player of the week. Jackson had nine tackles in the 20-14 Cleveland win, their first over the Steelers since 2009. He also forced one fumble and recovered another of the five overall Steelers fumbles that Cleveland recovered during the contest. The eight takeaways were the most in a game by a Browns defense since 1989.
It wasn’t just about the turnovers for the Browns defense, however. They also limited the Steelers to 49 rushing yards on a day when they were forced to start third-string quarterback Charlie Batch. That’s the least rushing yards allowed by a Browns team in almost a decade.
Jackson was named the AFC defensive player of the month for September last season, but this is the first time he’s ever been named the defensive player of the week.