Cardinals’ DeAndre Hopkins wins NFC Offensive Player of the Week
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins took home NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors Wednesday for his play in the team’s Week 10 win over the Buffalo Bills.
It marks his second career Offensive Player of the Week (2015) and his first with the Cardinals. Hopkins is the fourth wide receiver in team history to win OPOW.
It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.
In Sunday’s victory over the Bills, Hopkins reeled in seven catches for 127 yards and a touchdown. It was his 35th career 100-yard game and fifth in nine games with Arizona.
It was his last catch of the night that was the showstopper.
With just two seconds left in regulation, second-year quarterback Kyler Murray found Hopkins triple teamed in the end zone.
Murray launched it and Hopkins’ massive hands were waiting on the other end. He outjumped the competition and came down with a Cardinals win.
Hopkins sits at 67 receptions (tied for second in the NFL) and 861 yards (second in the NFL) and four scores through nine games played. He trails only Bills WR Stefon Diggs, who has played 10 games to Hopkins’ nine.
The honors marks the fourth week in which a Cardinals player has taken home the Player of the Week award this season.
Murray won it twice following wins in Week 5 and Week 7, while safety Budda Baker earned Player of the Week honors after the team’s Week 6 victory.
The Cardinals now boast three OPOW wins this year, the most the team has had in a season since 1996 (four).