Nick Bosa Named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Dominant Performance vs. Cleveland Browns

By Dan Hope on October 9, 2019 at 10:26 am
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After his dominant performance against the Cleveland Browns on Monday night, Nick Bosa is the NFC Defensive Player of the Week.

The former Ohio State defensive end, who was selected with the No. 2 pick in this year's NFL draft, receives that honor for the first time in his NFL career after recording four total tackles, two sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and four quarterback hurries in the San Francisco 49ers' 31-3 win over the Browns.

With his dominant performance on Monday, Bosa became the only 49ers player in the last 25 years to record two sacks, force a fumble and recover a fumble in the same game, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

According to Pro Football Focus, Bosa won on 36 percent of his pass-rush snaps against the Browns, the highest rate by a rookie edge defender who played at least 25 snaps in a single game since 2006.

Bosa's dominant play was accentuated by his memorable celebration after one of his takedowns of Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, when he pretended to wave a flag and plant it into the turf, mocking Mayfield's celebration after Oklahoma's 31-16 over Ohio State in 2017.

“I'm sure my Buckeyes fans know, but a couple years back, Baker planted the flag in the Horseshoe, so I had to get him back for it,” Bosa told ESPN after the game.

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