Jaguars RB James Stewart has been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week following his impressive performance in Sunday's 38-21 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. Stewart ran for 102 yards on 15 carries with five touchdowns.
It marked the first time an NFL player has had five rushing touchdowns since December 8, 1963 when Cookie Gilchrist scored five times for the Buffalo Bills. The previous time was November 1, 1959 when Jim Brown had five rushing touchdowns for Cleveland. The league record of six rushing touchdowns was set by Ernie Nevers of the Chicago Cardinals on November 28, 1929. Nevers' record is the oldest in NFL history.
Stewart became one of only 12 players in NFL history with five or more touchdowns in one game. Nevers, Dub Jones and Gale Sayers hold the record with six touchdowns in one game, while five touchdowns in one game was last accomplished on October 14, 1990 by Jerry Rice.
Stewart becomes the third Jaguar to earn offensive player of the week honors, with Mark Brunell (twice) and Natrone Means having earned the honor last season. Earlier this season, Jaguars PK Mike Hollis was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week after the second game. For the season, Stewart has 42 rushes for 190 yards (4.5 average) and he leads the NFL with eight touchdowns (seven rushing, 1 receiving).