Jerrell Freeman is the AFC defensive player of the week


The Colts have an outside shot at a first-round bye thanks to their Week 16 victory over the Chiefs, which means that linebacker Jerrell Freeman’s big game did the team a lot of good.

It also did him a lot of good. Freeman was named the AFC’s defensive player of the week as a result of his performance in the 23-7 win.

Freeman filled up the stat sheet on Sunday. He had five tackles, two interceptions, a sack, a forced fumble and three passes defensed during the game, leading to some praise from coach Chuck Pagano.

“Just like everybody else, he’s playing with a great deal of confidence,” Pagano said, via the Indianapolis Star. “He’s flying around. He’s having fun. He’s making plays. He’s a versatile guy. He can do a lot. He’s great against the run. He’s doing real good against the pass. You blitz him, he comes around and gets a strip-sack. He’s doing great things right now. It’s a good time for him to get hot.”

Indeed it is. The Colts will need a strong defensive performance to advance in the playoffs whether or not they get a first round bye and Freeman showed last Sunday that he can help provide it.

5 responses to “Jerrell Freeman is the AFC defensive player of the week

  1. Just so everyone knows, Freeman’s second int was changed from an interception to a strip sack for Robert Mathis, bringing Mathis up to 17.5 sacks on the year.

  2. Freeman is a beast! Flat out gem found by Grigson. Can’t believe he spent a preseason on the Titans practice squad before getting cut and signing with the RoughRiders…but perhaps he didn’t fit into their 4-3 as well as he does our 3-4. Either way…he is one hell of a linebacker for us and it’s nice to see him get some recognition. Hope he’s a Colt for a very long time. Not sure why conner hasn’t gotten the start next to him…but I thinm they’d be a really nice combo. GO COLTS!!

  3. Yet the rankings referred to this as a “meaningless game”… go figure. Not only is seeding still up in the air, but (less likely) bye position is as well. Though frankly, the Colts might be better off in week 1 facing the Chiefs at home (4/5 game) rather than another team that’s particularly hot in the 3/6 game, regardless of the other team’s record. In a QB-driven league, I am more worried about Rivers or Roethlisberger than Alex Smith.

    It’s the next week I am more concerned about: If seeding stays as is and Colts and CIN both win, Colts head to Denver and CIN to Foxboro… in the end, I’d prefer the ACCCG to be in Indy like in 2006, so 4th seed likely won’t be good enough to make that happen even if the top seeds tumble (like in 06).

    Regardless, the Mathis/Quinn race for the sack title will be a fun side light this weekend. Mathis had three sacks against Jax in Week 4. Three more should seal the deal for him this year. Throw in another FF. The man has earned his accolades.

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