Joe Schobert’s interception spree couldn’t be ignored.
Cleveland’s middle linebacker was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week on Wednesday morning after intercepting two passes in each of the last two games.
He’s the first linebacker since the Colts’ Cato June in 2005 with at least two picks in two straight games. Schobert is just the sixth linebacker in history to accomplish the feat.
Schobert had two interceptions in his four-year career before getting two against the Steelers on Nov. 14. He followed that Sunday with two more in a 41-24 win over the Dolphins.
He added five tackles and two more passes defensed as Cleveland stretched its winning streak to three games.
For the season, Schobert has 97 tackles, four interceptions, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. He’s tied for fourth in the NFL in interceptions and is sixth in tackles.
He’s the first Browns player to win AFC Defensive Player of the Week since linebacker D’Qwell Jackson in Week 12 of 2012.
Rookie punter Jamie Gillan in Week 2 and running back Nick Chubb in Week 4 also took home AFC weekly honors this year.