Bengals DE Carlos Dunlap Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week

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Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap (96) takes the field before an NFL football game in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)

Bengals DE Carlos Dunlap today was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in last week's win vs. the New York Jets.

Dunlap tied a career-high with three sacks last week, including two on third downs that forced Jets punts. He also had three additional QB hits in the game, along with a pass defensed on a third down that forced a Jets punt. Dunlap and the Bengals defense held the Jets without a TD on Sunday, and their six points allowed was the lowest total across the NFL in Week 13.

Dunlap has played in 10 games this season (all starts), and has 43 tackles, a team-high 5.5 sacks, three passes defensed and a forced fumble. He has 78 sacks for his career, and stands just 5.5 shy of DE Eddie Edwards (83.5) for the Bengals' all-time lead.

This is Dunlap's fourth AFC Player of the Week award. He also earned the defensive award in Week 8 of 2017, Week 13 of 2012 and the special teams award in Week 15 of 2015. He is one of just three current Bengals who have won multiple POW awards (QB Andy Dalton also has three, and DT Geno Atkins has two).

The most recent instance of a Bengal winning the defensive POW award was Dunlap in Week 8 of 2017.

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