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Bucs’ Mike Edwards Named NFC Defensive Player of the Week

Two interceptions, two touchdowns, one award

NFL: Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Edwards had two interceptions for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2020 NFL Season. His second season as an NFL defensive back.

On Sunday, going up against Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons, Edwards had two more, instantly doubling his career total in one afternoon.

Not only did he bring in the two passes, he took each of them back for a touchdown, helping the Bucs secure their second win of the season by a 48-25 margin of victory.

Because of his contributions, Edwards was announced as the Week 2 NFC Defensive Player of the Week.

Edwards joins Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray and San Francisco 49ers punter Mitch Wishnowsky as the Week 2 NFC Players of the Week.

On the AFC side of things, Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Odafe Oweh, and Las Vegas Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson take Player of the Week honors after their Week 2 performances.

For Edwards and the Buccaneers, Sunday was just the 10th time one player has taken back multiple interceptions for scores in a single quarter of play in NFL history.

It was also the first time since 1992 (Robert Massey, Washington) a player returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the fourth quarter, and the first time since 2012 a defender had multiple pick-sixes in a single game.

Punter Bradley Pinion was named the NFC’s Week 1 Special Teams Player of the Week in Week 1, giving the team a place on the weekly honors list in back-to-back weeks.

They’ll look to do it again in Week 3 as they visit the site of Super Bowl LVI in their first road game of the year against the Los Angeles Rams.