The NFL named Browns LB David Bowens, who returned a pair of interceptions for touchdowns in the Browns' 30-17 win at New Orleans on Sunday, the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week Seven, the league announced Wednesday.
Bowens' 30-yard TD return, which occurred late in the second quarter with Cleveland holding a 13-3 lead, came after he deflected a Drew Brees pass and caught it after it bounced off Saints ORG Jahri Evans. His second interception came after he feigned a blitz on the right side of the line, moved to his left, leaped and caught a Brees pass, returning it 64 yards for Cleveland's final score with 3:33 left.
Bowens is the first Browns player to return a pair of interceptions for touchdowns in a game in almost 50 years. Bob Franklin accomplished the feat vs. Chicago on Dec. 11, 1960.
The last Browns player to receive AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors was Eric Wright, who won the award in 2008 after returning an interception 94 yards for a touchdown in a 35-14 win vs. the Giants on Oct. 13, 2008.
The touchdowns were the first in the 33-year-old Bowens' 12-season career. He has appeared in six games this season as a reserve.
The way we see it
Bowens has played less in 2010 after starting 15 games in '09, but he remains a valuable reserve capable of playing multiple positions, and his career game helped propel Cleveland to its second win of the season.