Two key contributors to Tampa Bay's 30-21 win over Green Bay were recognized on Wednesday when kicker Matt Bryant and linebacker Derrick Brooks were named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week and NFC Defensive Player of the Week, respectively.
This marks just the sixth time in franchise history that two Bucs players have earned Player of the Week honors in the same week.
Bryant, whose youngest son Tryson tragically passed away in his sleep one week ago, played vs. the Packers and made three field goals from 23, 36 and 24 yards out. His 24-yarder put the Bucs ahead of the Packers, 23-21, with just 2:26 remaining in the contest. Bryant has made 8-of-8 field goal attempts and is perfect on extra point tries through four games this year.
“It’s very special,” Bucs head coach Jon Gruden said of Bryant receiving the award. “What occurred last week was a terrible tragedy. That’s not going anywhere. The sorrow, disappointment and all of those things are still disappointing. He has won the game for us two weeks in a row with last second field goals. We’re happy for him, but we’re still very sorry and concerned for our kicker. It’s a great award for he and Derrick Brooks.”
Brooks, who has been nursing a hamstring injury for the past two week, recorded five tackles, three passes defensed, an interception and a forced fumble en route to helping Tampa Bay's defense hold Green Bay's offense to just 184 yards last Sunday. The 10-time Pro Bowler's interception led to Tampa Bay's first offensive touchdown of the game, and his forced fumble allowed safety Jermaine Phillips to pick up the loose ball and return it 38 yards for a score, giving the Bucs a 20-7 lead over the Packers.
The Bucs are 3-1 on the season and travel to Denver to take on the 3-1 Broncos at 4:15 p.m. ET on Sunday.