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Sam Darnold named AFC Offensive Player of the Week

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NFL: OCT 13 Cowboys at Jets Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

His return to the lineup sparked a Jets win. Now Sam Darnold has earned AFC Player of the Week honors for his stellar outing against the Cowboys.

The second-year signal-caller completed 71.9% of his passes (23-for-32) for 338 yards, three yards shy of tying his career high, two touchdowns and one interception for a 117.6 passer rating. The award comes following the 22-year-old’s first game back from a bout with mono that caused his to miss three games.

Darnold is also a finalist for the FedEx Air Player of the Week for his efforts during Week 6. To vote for the USC product, you can visit NFL.com/FedEx or the NFL Twitter page. Voting will conclude Thursday Oct. 17 at 3 p.m. ET and the winner will be announced later that afternoon.

It is difficult to overstate how much of a spark Darnold provided this football team. Now we will see whether he can carry it forward to the game against New England.