For the second week in a row, a member of the Minnesota Vikings has been named the best defensive player in the NFC.
Following defensive tackle Linval Joseph taking home the award in Week 9, cornerback Terence Newman has been named the NFC's Defensive Player of the Week for Week 10.
Newman intercepted two passes (and almost had a third) in Sunday's 30-14 victory over the Oakland Raiders. How good a day did he have? Well, here are some tidbits on his game from the NFL Stats and Information folks.
-In addition to his two interceptions, he also had five passes defended and four tackles, including one tackle for a loss.
-Those five passes defended were the most in a game for a Vikings' pass defender in the past ten seasons.
-Newman was the second-oldest player in NFL history to have two interceptions in a game. At 37 years and 72 days old, that makes him four days younger than the oldest corner to do it. . .some guy named Deion Sanders.
-It was the sixth multiple-interception game of his career.
Newman is the first Vikings' defensive back to be named Defensive Player of the Week since Antoine Winfield won the award in Week 16 of the 2010 season. The Vikings picked up ten points after Newman's two interceptions (a field goal and Adrian Peterson's 80-yard touchdown run). This was Newman's second Player of the Week Award and his first since his rookie season of 2003.
Congratulations to Terence Newman on being named the NFC's Defensive Player of the Week for Week 10 of NFL action!