Raiders Playmaker Wins Defensive Player of the Week Award

Isaiah De Los Santos
A Las Vegas Raiders playmaker has won Defensive Player of the Week honors.
A Las Vegas Raiders playmaker has won Defensive Player of the Week honors. / Associated Press

The Las Vegas Raiders' defense has been talked about for all the wrong reasons in 2022. However, this unit stepped up in a huge way this past Sunday to quiet the high-powered Los Angeles Chargers and secure a 27-20 win.

Now one playmaker has earned recognition for his efforts against Los Angeles.

Edge rusher Chandler Jones was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance this past Sunday. He was joined by Joe Burrow (OPOTW) and Donovan Peoples-Jones (STPOTW) as the other winners from his conference, while Nick Bosa took home the award in the NFC.

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Jones, a marquee signing by Las Vegas this offseason, finally had the game the team was hoping to see from him against the Chargers. The veteran pass-rushing specialist made Justin Herbert's day all kinds of difficult, recording 3.0 sacks and 5 QB hits. Jones added another two tackles for loss and a pass deflection, proving to be an annoyance to LA's offense throughout this divisional battle.

Hopefully this performance gives Jones the kick he needed to regain his Pro Bowl form. After racking up 10.5 sacks in 2021 for the Arizona Cardinals, Jones had just 0.5 sacks prior to his outburst on Sunday.

The Raiders will look to Jones to give them a spark once again in Week 14 against the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday night. Las Vegas is a 6.5-point favorite ahead of that matchup, according to FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds.

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