Cardinals’ J.J. Nelson named NFC Offensive Player of the Week

Sep 20, 2017, 7:00 AM | Updated: 11:34 am
Arizona Cardinals' J.J. Nelson (14) runs during the second half of an NFL football game against the...
Arizona Cardinals' J.J. Nelson (14) runs during the second half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

The Arizona Cardinals got their first win of the 2017 season Sunday in Indianapolis, and they also their first individual weekly award as a result as well.

Wednesday, wide receiver J.J. Nelson was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in Arizona’s 16-13 overtime win over the Colts.

Nelson had five catches for 120 yards and a touchdown in the game. His touchdown catch, a 45-yarder thrown by Carson Palmer, came during the Cardinals’ fourth-quarter comeback and pulled them to within three points with 7:38 remaining in the game. Dating back to 2016, Nelson has seven touchdowns in his last seven games (six receiving, one rushing).

Nelson’s performance also came in a big spot because the Cardinals were playing without veteran receiver John Brown, who sat out with a quad injury.

He becomes just the third Cardinals wide receiver to win the honor, joining Roy Green and Larry Fitzgerald.

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