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Harrison Smith named NFC Defensive Player of the Week

Not good enough for the Pro Bowl, though

NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

The man that might be the best player on what might be the best defense in the National Football League just couldn’t find his way onto the NFC’s Pro Bowl roster last week, but he did get a nifty consolation prize.

Earlier on Wednesday, the National Football League announced that Minnesota Vikings’ safety Harrison Smith had been named the NFC’s Defensive Player of the Week for Week 16 following his outstanding performance against the Green Bay Packers.

In Saturday night’s win, Smith intercepted two passes, one of which wiped out Green Bay’s only real scoring opportunity of the night. He also had two pass breakups, a tackle for loss, and a quarterback pressure on the evening. He played a huge role in the Vikings’ defense tossing their first shutout in over 24 years, and shutting out the Packers at Lambeau Field for the first time in team history.

The suggestion that there are safeties in the NFL that are better than Harrison Smith is ridiculous. The suggestion that there are three better safeties in the NFC is downright ignorant. But, that’s where we are now, folks.

In any event, congratulations to Harrison Smith on being named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 16.