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Antwan Barnes is the AFC Defensive Player of the Week

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After a fantastic, nearly dominating, game against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday night, Antwan Barnes has been named the AFC's Defensive Player of the Week.

Since signing with the Chargers a month into the 2010 season, Barnes has been nothing short of great at rushing opposing QBs. His combination of speed and moves help him to win matchups against nearly every offensive Tackle he faces.

Despite being nearly unstoppable, with 11 sacks this season, Barnes is still not the starter at OLB. Instead, he backs up Travis LaBoy and Shaun Phillips, seeing enough time to get four sacks on Sunday only after LaBoy left with an injury.

The fans would obviously love to see more of Antwan, because he helps the pass-rush so much when he's in there, and are hoping that this award and another start on Sunday (doesn't look like LaBoy is playing) could show the Bolts' coaches that he's worthy of being the regular starter.

vs BAL / 12.18.11 Tackles Sacks Interceptions
Solo Ast Total Sacks Yds Int Yds IntTD
Antwan Barnes 5 1 6 4 23 0 0 0