Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Jake Browning has been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week, it was announced Wednesday. Browning earned the award for his performance in the Bengals 34-31 overtime win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Making just his second career NFL start, Browning completed 32/37 passes (86.5%) for 354 yards and one touchdown with zero turnovers. He led all NFL QBs in Week 13 in completions, completion percentage, and passing yards.
Browning’s 86.5 completion percentage marked the fifth highest in a game in Bengals history (minimum 20 attempts) and the highest in NFL history by a QB in one of his first two career starts.
Browning’s 354 passing yards were the second most in team history by a QB within his first two starts behind Jeff Blake, who passed for 387 yards in his second start on Nov. 6, 1994, at the Seattle Seahawks. Browning became the 10th QB in the Super Bowl era to pass for 350 or more yards with a completion percentage of 85+.
Browning completed 9/11 passes on third down, including a 76-yard touchdown to WR Ja’Marr Chase in the third quarter that marked the Bengals’ longest play from scrimmage this season.
In overtime, Browning went 4/5 for 36 yards to lead Cincinnati into position for the game-winning field goal.
Browning becomes the third Bengal to be named AFC Offensive Player of the Week this season, following wideout Ja’Marr Chase in Week 5 and quarterback Joe Burrow in Week 8.
Bengals players have combined for 16 weekly honors (offensive, defensive, and special teams) since the start of the 2021 season, the second-most in the NFL in that span.