Wed. Jun 12th, 2024
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The veteran signal caller had a game.

The National Football League today announced that Tampa Bay Bucs quarterback Baker Mayfield was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 15. Mayfield has now earned Offensive Player of the Week recognition four times in his career, with three different teams. He became the ninth quarterback in team history to win Offensive Player of the Week accolades and the first since Tom Brady in Week 5 of the 2021 season.

Mayfield put forth a historic day at Lambeau Field on Sunday, recording the first perfect passer rating by a visiting quarterback in the history of the stadium. He completed 22-of-28 passes for 381 yards and four touchdowns, with no interceptions, earning the first 158.3 passer rating of his career. The performance marked just the third instance in league history in which a quarterback threw for 375-plus passing yards, four-or-more touchdowns and earned a 158.3 passer rating in a road game, joining Nick Foles (11/3/13) and Ken O’Brien (11/2/86).

Among quarterbacks in Week 15, Mayfield finished first in passer rating, passing yards, yards per pass attempt (13.6), tied for first in passing first downs (18), tied for second in passing touchdowns and fourth in completion percentage (78.6%). His 13.6 yards per pass attempt in Week 15 were the second-most by any quarterback in a single game this season and stands as the fourth-highest single-game average in Tampa Bay team history. Mayfield is the third quarterback this season to record a perfect passer rating, and the first to do so in a road game.

This season, Mayfield ranks tied for fifth in touchdown-to-interception ratio (3.0), tied for eighth in passing touchdowns (24) and ninth in passer rating (94.7). He is 1-of-5 quarterbacks this season with 20-plus touchdowns, nine-or-fewer interceptions and a passer rating above 94.0 (also, Dak Prescott, Brock Purdy, C.J. Stroud and Russell Wilson). Since Tampa Bay’s debut season in 1976, Mayfield is the only player with 3,000-plus passing yards, 24-or-more passing touchdowns and fewer than 10 interceptions through the Bucs first 14 games of a season.

Mayfield is the third Tampa Bay player to win Player of the Week recognition, joining punter Jake Camarda, who was named the Week 2 NFC Special Teams Player of the Week, and safety Antoine Winfield Jr., who was named the Week 13 NFC Defensive Player of the Week. The Bucs are 1-of-4 NFC teams this season with each an offensive, defensive and special teams weekly award winner (also, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions and Seattle Seahawks).

(Courtesy of the Bucs Communications Department.)

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