The last time Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson had a big game at MetLife Stadium against the Giants, he crushed their hopes for a trip to the playoffs in 2010 with a walk-off punt return for a touchdown.
Jackson didn’t wind up winning the NFC special teams player of the week for that effort, however, as Devin Hester took the prize in honor of his 14th career return for a touchdown. Jackson had another big day at the Meadowlands in Week Five and this time he was recognized by the league for his accomplishments.
Jackson has been named the NFC offensive player of the week after catching seven passes for 132 yards and a touchdown in a 36-21 victory that moved the Eagles into a tie with the Cowboys atop the lackluster NFC East and continued the Giants’ downward spiral. It’s the fifth time Jackson has been named a conference player of the week and he joins Tim Brown and Santana Moss as the only players with at least three offensive awards and at least two for their work on special teams.
The fact that the Eagles won their game while the Cowboys lost is likely part of the reason why Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was passed over despite throwing for 506 yards and five touchdowns against the Broncos. As you’ve surely heard, Romo also threw a very costly interception in the fourth quarter and that blemish likely makes up the rest of the reason why Jackson joined Moss and Brown in that small group.