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Amari Cooper is AFC Offensive Player of the Week

Cleveland wide receiver honored after setting a franchise record for receiving yards in the Week 16 win against Houston.

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Cleveland Browns wide receiver Amari Cooper had a historic day in Week 16 against the Houston Texans.

Cooper finished the game with a franchise-record 265 receiving yards on 11 receptions and hauled in two touchdowns as the Browns beat the Texans. For his efforts, Cooper was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week on Wednesday.

The 265 receiving yards is the most in a game this season in the NFL, and the 11 receptions are tied for the third-most in a single game in franchise history, according to clevelandbrowns.com. On the season, Cooper has 1,250 receiving yards, which trails just Josh Gordon (1,646 yards in 2013) and Braylon Edwards (1,289 in 2007) on the franchise’s single-season list.

While it is unlikely that Cooper will pass Gordon for the top of the list for receiving yards, his 78 receptions leaves Cooper just 12 receptions away from breaking tight end Ozzie Newsome’s single-season record for receptions with 89 in 1984.

Cooper is the first Cleveland player to earn AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors since quarterback Baker Mayfield earned the nod in 2020 after lighting up the Cincinnati Bengals for five touchdown passes. It is the fourth time Cooper has been honored with the weekly award, having previously been selected once with the Oakland Raiders and twice with the Dallas Cowboys.

Despite having the third-best record in the AFC, Cooper is only the third Cleveland player to be selected this season, following kicker Dustin Hopkins, who was honored in Week 6 and Week 7, and defensive end Myles Garrett, who pocketed his weekly award in Week 7.